Blooming Flower Chat: Hamamelis x intermediare ‘Diane’

In winter, this vase-shaped, deciduous shrub has clusters of sweetly scented, rich coppery-red flowers clinging to bare twigs. In autumn, the bright green leaves turn spectacular shades of yellow, orange and red. This award-winning variety of witch hazel is a lovely specimen plant for a sunny winter border or woodland edge. The flowering twigs can be cut to perfume rooms in winter. Garden care:...
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Beautiful inspiring Flower shop

This is a lovely pretty flower shop in a village close to where I live in the Netherlands where I frequently buy some flowers. Of course Holland is well famous for it’s gorgeous flowers and tulips etc…. We are very lucky to live here as flowers are part of our daily life and the Dutch couldn’t live without them!!! I love the inspiring window displays of most flower shops...
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Blooming Flower Chat: Helleborus

Helleborus Niger: With So many different varieties with exotic names such as Coton Candy, Queen of the Night, Emerald Queen, …..our Lenten Rose is diverse in all its facets. A great plant for the woodland environment.  It dislikes summer heat, so avoid afternoon sun.  Once established, do not move as they are slow to re-establish.  Blooms late winter or very early spring. Use them with...
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January Gardening chores

First of all I would like to start by wishing everybody a very happy, healthy, successful and green 2012!!! December here in Holland has been the warmest on record, with temperatures above 10C … confusing birds, plants and humans all together! It should be -2,-4 or even -10C I even have my first new rosebud nearly opening on the south facing wall … will take photo to prove it! and my...
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December Gardening Chores

For me it does not really feel like December… November has been an extremely gentle month weather wise. We have had less rain than during our summer and the temperature has been high compared to other Novembers. I have glided gently into December unaware of it possible harshness… noticing only the  bareness of the trees and heaps of raked leaves my fellow local gardeners are leaving...
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November Gardening Chores

It is November already and here in Holland it hardly feels like it as the temperature is high for the time of the year. I do not mind actually as I love watching the season changing slowly into deep autumn with beautiful clear blue skies with the odd spectacular cloud show. Leaves are changing from bright yellow and red to browns, letting go when it’s their time to fall to the ground and...
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