Category Archives: Garden moods

Christmas Chaos

I am enjoying the new border in front of my home. It has yet to get really cold in Amsterdam this winter, but now the plants are dormant. I am drawn to the repeating patterns and complex textures it contains, … Continue reading

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Herfst In De Tuin – My Autumn Garden

This year I am trialling a number of different species and cultivars of asters and they have brought real beauty into my autumn garden. Aster scaber is spreading too rapidly, but it is very attractive both in leaf before flowering … Continue reading

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Priona Tuinen – An Influential Garden In The Netherlands

After a gap of more than eleven years I returned to this unique garden and was delighted to find it still had its powerful character. Henk Gerritsen is no longer there, but the volunteers and sponsors who aim to keep … Continue reading

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Wet Grass

Grasses flop when wet which is why it is best not to plant them too close to narrow paths. However, today, fine rain turned this border in front of my home into a glistening spectacle of textures and light. The … Continue reading

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Indian Summer Reward

  Asters, grasses and autumn tints are the main ingredients that brought my garden to its final crescendo this year. Following a long hot and merciless dry summer in which everything struggled including myself, autumn arrived with just a little … Continue reading

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Light Up The Winter Garden

Winter has really arrived here in Amsterdam. It is cool and wet and I am glad that I have finished my replanting projects. Last week I weeded here and there, tidied away broken or flopped stems, and topped up the … Continue reading

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A Green Summer Perennial Border

The border on the other side of this arch was designed to be green and restful in summer when the rest of the garden is doing its best to call for our attention. Last summer there were heleniums and rudbeckias … Continue reading

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The Same Border July and November

By early summer this border had lost the fresh colours of spring bulbs and matured into a gentle green cavern. Now in November, the fountains of ornamental grasses have brought movement to a space that sparkles in the season’s low-angled sunlight. … Continue reading

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Winter was just one cold week

One week of frosty weather seems to be all that our winter in Amsterdam is going to be this year. A year in which every weather record has been broken and ended unusually warm and wet. The forecasts suggest that … Continue reading

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Melancholy in Early Winter

Winter has started; it is warm and wet, calm and mellow, but with a hint of melancholy. Were the sun to shine the garden would sparkle, but when it doesn’t the line between order and chaos is finely drawn. From … Continue reading

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