Most terrains with Stinzenplants are now in a transitional period. Dry-wet-sun-rain.
Flowering: start full decreasing
Present: here and there regular massive
The early bloomers are now all almost completely finished, but there are still things to experience. The seed pods of the Winter Aconite and the Snowdrop are now clearly visible, but the seeds are not ripe yet. The flower stalk of the Snowdrops bends to the ground because of the heavy seed pod. The same thing will happen a little later with the Snowflakes.
A beautiful image of the Snowdrop appears in the first volume (of 28 volumes in total) of the Flora Batava. This first volume was published in 1800. It clearly shows that the plant has two leaves that are held together by a membrane. It states: ‘A very attractive Flower for the Bees in the early Spring …planted in the Gardens.’ Reference is made to Philip Miller’s Gardeners Dictionary. The first edition of Millers book from 1731 states that it is common in English gardens and that it is often planted under bushes or along paths. In a 19th-century Flora for the German-speaking countries, all details are also clearly depicted. It is still possible to dig up clumps of Snowdrop bulbs and plant the individual bulbs where you would like to have them.
Jongemastate reports: ‘Our sunny, cheerful Stinzenplants do not like the rain and leave their heads hanging. But we mostly enjoyed them on those wonderful sunny days. And ah …. it was too dry and the groundwater level must also rise? Let’s just be happy with a few days of rain.’
It is striking that Hackfort reports that the Dutch crocus is still flourishing. This weekend the front yard will be open to the public which can see this phenomenon from close by. If the weather cooperates, this is definitely worth a visit.
The photos of the correspondents show a lot of Stinzenflora that is starting to come into bloom, which is also great for photographers to capture. Depending on the terrain, it can vary considerably.
De Schierstins reports: ‘Stinzenplants, like the Squills, Glory-of-the-Snow and Bird-in-a-bush are ready to take over the show‘, while at Philippusfenne the Squills (Scilla siberica) and Glory-of-the-Snow will determine the color in the garden next week. They also appear at Hackfort, but they are not yet that far.
The Bulbous Corydalis slowly starts to rise above the ground. In the Martenatuin in Franeker there are many and they come into bloom always a little earlier than on the other terrains. The Apennine Windflower and even the Summer Snowflakes are starting to bloom in the Martenatuin already.
At the Schierstins, the Yellow Star-of-Bethlehem is in full bloom.
The Wild Daffodil is come more and more in full bloom at Stinze Stiens and the first ones have been spotted at Hackfort.
Other spring flowering plants in gardens with Stinzenplants also provide color. The Oxlips (Primula elatior) start to flower, and the Sweet Violets and Lesser celandine provide color to Martenastate.
The old Wild plum at Stinze-Stiens is in full bloom, while the Salmon berry starts to bud.
And furthermore we see a lot of leaves emerging. The decorative leaf of the Dog’s Tooth Violet can be seen, as well as that of the Lords-and-Ladies, and in the new Stinzenflora forest of Martenastate the first leaves of the recently planted Bluebelss come above the ground.
This week we have published a new blogpost in the Management section ‘Soil type and Stinzenplants’: click here to read it. It deals with the different soil types at historic sites where you can find Stinzenplants in the Netherlands. So more attention to the soil. At Stinze-Stiens, a Helleborus is so lush and full of flowers as it never has been. We did not remove the leaves, what is often advised. On the internet more people report that the Helleborus does well this year. In our garden we sprayed compost tea; this may also have contributed to this exceptional growth and flowering.
The participants in the Stinzenflora-monitor organise 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 TERRAINS
Events in March:
Stinzenflora paradise at Hackfort Castle (Vorden), 10 March, 11.00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m. Enjoy spring at Hackfort. The foresters open up the gates of the forecourt of Hackfort castle. Access is free. Guided tours possible (entrance fee).
Martenastate Koarnjum. 17 March, Nature photography excursion with Betty Kooistra. Extra information www.martenastate.nl. 30 March, Walking tour stinzenflora. This trip will be guided by Geert de Vries or Aad van der Burg. To register, please contact It Fryske Gea: www.itfryskegea.nl/activiteiten.
Events in April:
Spring tour* ‘Stinzenflora’. Saturday 13 April (van 10.30 a.m. tot 4.30 p.m. )During this spring tour (10.30 a.m. – 3.30 p.m. ) three beautiful Stinzenflora parks will be visited: Stinze Stiens, Martenastate en Dekemastate. At every location a guide will give information.Participants take care of their own transport, a bicycle is recommended. Costs € 35,-p.p., incl. lunch and coffee or tea in the morning and a drink in the afternoon. Booking via firstname.lastname@example.org
This trip can also be booked by groups on request on other days (at least 12 participants, duur 10.30 a.m. – 3.30 p.m.). A business trip or a trip with the family is also possible with a horse tram (extra costs, at least 20 participants.
*if there are not enough participants the trip will be canceled.
Dekema State Jelsum. Museum weekend 13 and 14 April. Spring Fair 20 April: with a Stinzenplants search map you make a tour during these events and Willem van Riemsdijk will give a lecture about the cultural history of Stinzenplants. For prices, opening times and other activities see the website. www.dekemastate.nl
Schierstins Feanwâlden. 13 en 14 april, 13.30-17.00 uur. Museumweekend with tours garden / building. Entrance fee reduced; tour for free. http://www.schierstins.nl
Martenastate Koarnjum. 2 and 27 Aprl, Nature photography excursions with Betty Kooistra. 6, 13, 20, 21 en 22 April, Walking tours stinzenflora. Theses trip will be guided by Geert de Vries or Aad van der Burg. Extra information www.martenastate.nl. To register, please contact It Fryske Gea: www.itfryskegea.nl/activiteiten.
The Pastorietuin ‘De Weem’ in Warffum (Groningen) wrote a ‘blog’ on this website last year in the MANAGEMENT section. De Weem reports us: Snowdrops open garden: 09-10 March 12.00 – 5.00 pm., Free access.
9989 BM Warffum (province of Groningen)
For centuries, many varieties of Stinzenplants have been growing in this garden of 7,000 square meters: Winter akonite, Snowdrop, Bulbous Corydalis, Bird in a Bush, Squills, various types of Lords-and-Ladies, Salomon’s seal, Wild tulip and Star-of-Bethlehem. Due to the massive growth of the Stinzenplants, only the shell paths are used.
* Subject to change. Always consult the websites of the participants for the latest information.