Dutch crocus at the De Klinze estate in Aldtsjerk.

Dutch Crocus at the De Klinze estate in Aldtsjerk.

If the sun wants to shine in the coming week and if it is not too cold, you can still enjoy the flowering Dutch crocuses. They are less exuberant this year than other years due to the cold periods. The driveway at De Klinze in Aldtsjerk, in particular the sunny part of the site close to the house itself, are once again impressive in bloom. At the Klinze you will only find the purple-blue species.

Dutch crocus near the Lycklamahûs in Beetsterzwaag.

Dutch Crocus near the Lycklamahûs in Beetsterzwaag.

Dutch crocus at Hackfort Castle.

Dutch Crocus at Hackfort Castle.

At Hackfort, the Lycklemahûs in Beesterzwaag and at the Pastorietuin in Easterein, both the white and the blue / purple varieties are common. The Snowdrops are locally still in bloom while they are almost completely over in other places.

Snowdrops and Snowflakes at Philippusfenne.

The Snowdrops at Philippusfenne are over their peak, but it still looks like a kind of a white carpet.
The Snowflakes are still beautiful. This year there is more variation in the time of flowering of the various species than normal, due to the rather abnormal temperatures.

After this week, the  bloom of the Snowdrops is probably over everywhere. Snowflakes are still beautiful.

Scilla Siberica, St. Vitus churchyard in Stiens.

Scilla Siberica looks very pretty at the main entrance of the St. Vitus churchyard in Stiens.

Scilla bifolia at Hackfort.

Scilla bifolia at Hackfort.

(Chionodoxa sardensis)at the Schierstins.

The Chionodoxa sardensis looks carefully around at the Schierstins.

Dog’s Tooth Violet at Stinze Stiens.

The beautifully spotted leaf and the first buds of the Dog’s Tooth Violet at Stinze Stiens.

The first Bulbous corydalis flowering at Hackfort.

The first Bulbous Corydalis flowering at Hackfort.

The Scilla’s  are blossoming more and more and the Bulbous Corydalis start to bloom here and there, but they are mostly still in the soil and not yet above ground. The  Dog’s tooth violet also starts to come above ground and the Narcissus pseudonarcissus is in the starting blocks, just like the rare Yellow Star-of-Betlehem, which you can find in a verge near the Schierstins.

Yellow Star-of-Bethlehem at the Schierstins.

The first Yellow Star-of-Bethlehem show up at the Schierstins, while the ice is still in the ditch.

In short, we are in a transition period from the early flowering species to the slightly later flowering varieties. When it gets warmer, we can again admire the Bulbous Corydalis which is abundant at Martenatuin, Martenastate and at Philippusfenne.

The Bulbous corydalis comes above the ground at Stinze Stiens.

The Bulbous Corydalis comes above the ground at Stinze Stiens, as well as the green leaves of the Bear’s Garlic.

At Hackfort most plants are a bit further developed than at the Frisian sites. The first flowering Wood Anemone has been spotted, a species that is very common at Hackfort. The soil type in Hackfort lends itself better to the Wood Anemone than the areas in Friesland that are mostly located on lighter clay soils around the former Middle Sea.

Calendar 2018 week 12
SnowdropWinter AconiteDutch CrocusSnowflakeSquillWhite ButterburJapanese ButterburDog’s Tooth VioletYellow Star-of-BethlehemBulbous CorydalisVoorjaars­helmbloemGlory-of-the-SnowWild DaffodilWood AnemoneCommon LungwortPheasant’s Eye
Dekema State
Pastorietuin Easterein
St. Vituskerk
Stinze Stiens

Flowering: start full peak decreasing
Present: here and there regular massive

Stinzenflora-monitor Calendar 2018 week 12. Scroll horizontally to view all plants. Learn more about a terrain or stinzenplant? Click on the name in the table.

Events *:

The participants in the Stinzenflora-monitor organize various activities during the Stinzenflora season.
The events that are now known are listed below.
‘Open gardens’ with private garden owners are often mentioned shortly before in this calendar and on the websites of the participants. Opening up depends on the flowering of the Stinzenplants and the weather.
For possibilities of (group) visits you can contact the relevant participant.

Data: see ESTATES

For your agenda *:

Events April:

Dekema State Jelsum. Museum weekend 14 and 15 April. Spring Fair 28 April: with a Stinzenplants search map you make a tour during these events. For prices, opening times and activities see the website. www.dekemastate.nl

Grien Festival, Martenastate Koarnjum, 2 t/m 15 april.

Grien Festival, Martenastate Koarnjum, 2 t/m 15 april.

Martenastate Koarnjum. Freely accessible. (www.martenastate.nl) Activities in the context of Leeuwarden-FryslĂąn 2018: Grien Festival, start Easter Monday 2 April, will last until 15 April. And further: excursions and courses Nature Photography Stinzenflora. For dates, prices and registration see the website http://www.martenastate.nl and It Fryske Gea. http://www.itfryskegea.nl/eropuit

Schierstins Feanwùlden. Museum weekend 14 en 15 April. Tours in the garden and the building. For prices, opening times and activities see the website. www.schierstins.nl 

Frisian horse-drawn tram in front of Stinze Stiens.

Frisian horse-drawn tram in front of Stinze Stiens.

Stinze Stiens, Martenastate (Koarnjum), Dekema State (Jelsum).
7 April 2018 ‘StinzenFloraTour’ with the Frisian horse-drawn tram in a fully arranged experience package.
A warm welcome with coffee and ‘Frisian orange cake’ at PakhĂ»s SOLO in Stiens. Here begins the StinzenFloraTour with a ‘chat’ about the cultural-historical background of the Stinzenplants and information about the garden at the Doctors house designed by the 19th century garden architect Gerrit Vlaskamp, followed by a walk through the garden. The journey continues with the horse tram to the Martenastate estate in Koarnjum where a walk through the park,  richly filled with Stinzenflora, with an expert guide. At the TĂșnmanswente a Frysian lunch is ready. At Dekema State in Jelsum, a centuries-old ‘State’ with beautiful garden and forest, the garden manager will be the tour guide. Tea/coffee at the tea house in the end. The horse-drawn tram will take you back to the starting location in Stiens in the afternoon. Costs all included: € 49.50 per person.

Reservations are necessary and can be done up to April 4 via https://stinze-stiens.nl/agenda/


New tourist brochure 'Stinzenflora in Friesland'

New tourist brochure ‘Stinzenflora in Friesland’

Tourist brochure ‘Stinzenflora in Friesland’: For everyone who wants to go out in the spring, a new handy brochure ‘Stinzenflora in Friesland’ is also available at the tourist centers and affiliated organizations (VVV’s and TIP’s). It was developed in cooperation of the participants in the Stinzenflora-monitor and the tourist organizations Uytland / Destination Noardwest and the regions De Greidhoeke and Noardlike Fryske Wñlden. The folder provides information in Dutch and English and shows which locations are real thriving hotspots in Friesland.

App Stinzenflora (only for Android): The organization Nature2U has independently developed an app (only for Android) with information about Stinzenflora. In this Stinzenflora app all Dutch Stinzenplants and companions are described with country of origin and details. The app is composed with Stinzenplant specialist Heilien Tonckens and nature photographer Wil Leurs, supplemented with some photos of waarneming.nl . The plants are easy to find with flower color and shape or for florists by family classifying. In addition, there are also overviews of the Stinzenflora of the Vecht region and Friesland.
More information via www.nature2U.nl

* Subject to change. Consult always the websites of the participants for the latest information.