dinsdag 18 juli 2017

Happy Summer!


Thank you all for your kind comments on my last blogpost. I enjoyed reading about your gardens very much! 

It's only a few more days before my two youngest daughters and I are off to the UK. Our favourite holiday destination. Those of you who read my blog regularly, probably know that by now :-)

This time it will be The Lakes and The Peaks. My middle daughter made a list of places to visit. Among them are the homes of important people from the art and literary world. We will be up to Hill Top, Dove Cottage and Brantwood. In The Peaks we will make a stopover at Lyme Park, and perhaps pay another visit to Haddon Hall, which we all loved so much during our last visit. We are open to suggestions though. If you know any places in the area I haven't mentioned yet and are worth a car ride. Please let me know!

My middle daughter and I have  been busy in the garden. I always try to leave it behind as tidy as possible, but this time I won't manage. The thing is, I am terribly behind, and there is only so much one can do.

A lot is happening in the greenhouse. All credit goes to my daughter. I believe her fingers are greener than mine. It must be all the love that goes into as well.....  My daughter grows several tomato varieties, like St. Pierre, Big Daddy, Tigerella and Pommodori. They are all doing splendidly. I am afraid that during our holiday we will have an explosion of ripe tomatoes. Lucky neighbours! We have a bumper crop of gherkins too this year. There are already three pots of gherkins in our cupboard to eat in winter, and that is only the beginning. The cucamelons (new this year) are doing fine as well. They are delicious in salads and quite pleasing to the eye. We tried eggplant again, but no, not much is happening. The peppers are a bit disappointing as well, but you never know what may happen the coming months. Summer has only just begun and autumn may bring some surprises.

With little time on my hands, I focus on the weeds and flowers in the garden. Although there is not much colour, there are always some beauties to pick and take home with me.

Wishing you all a Happy Summer! Have a good time.


Madelief x

donderdag 22 juni 2017

All is pretty

One of the publicity posters for the first retrospective exhibition of  Andy Warhol's work in Sweden in 1968 read: 'All is pretty'. Although you can't compare mr Warhols work with my garden, I thought I would use his words anyway, because I think in June my garden looks it's best. 

It's the month when the leaves are still green and disease free, when the soil is moist, the plants haven't taken over yet, and there are roses everywhere. In combination with foxgloves, lupins, aliums and ladies mantle, they add romance to it all. I am so glad I chose the greenish grey colour for my little garden house all those years ago. It makes the colours of the flowers stand out. 

It's one or two weeks at the utmost that the roses in my garden are in flower all at once and look most alluring, but to me it's one of the highlights of the year. If you would like to see more, please have a look at my Instagram account. I posted a film of my garden on the 8th of June.

Is all pretty in your garden too, or has the warm weather of the past few weeks taken it's toll?

Wishing you a good time in the garden!


Madelief  X

zondag 28 mei 2017

Home again

It feels like ages since I came back from a short holiday in the UK, but it's only three weeks. My work and garden take up most of my time, but I have been travelling through my own country as well. Visiting places I have never been to. I quite enjoy it!

My week in East Sussex was a success. My boyfriend and I stayed in a beautifully decorated cottage in the garden of an old farmhouse. I couldn't have chosen a more romantic place. The garden looked like a dream, there were deer out in the fields and there was even an orchard in full blossom, to enjoy.

The weather wasn't that good, but it did not really bother us. There was so much to see! We explored Petworth and Petworth House and Gardens, Arundel and Arundel castle and Polesden Lacey.  We enjoyed the bluebell woods around our cottage, the fields of wildflowers and The Lanes area and seaside at Brighton.

In today's post a collage of the places we have been too. I hope you enjoy it!

Have a lovely couple of weeks ahead! From a sunny and warm Rotterdam,


Madelief x

* Thank you for your comments on my last few posts. I am sorry I don't reply that often, but I am more active on Instagram these days.

Photo 1 to 10 The Summer House, Kirdford, East Sussex. Photo 11 to 16 Petworth House and Gardens. Photo 18 to 27 Arundel and Arundel Castle. Photo 27 until the end, Polesden Lacey.