The progress last week was a bit less than we had expected. Nevertheless, developments continue and the spring has now officially begun.
Flowering: start full decreasing
Present: here and there regular massive
The first flowers of the Wild tulip at Dekema State already got a bit of the beautiful yellow color and that will be more in the coming period. Possibly they will open in the sun next week.
The Squills still flower in different places, but Philippusfenne expects that it will decrease in the coming week as well as the bloom of the Glory-of-the-snow.
The Bulbous Corydalis and Bird in a bush both come more and more above the ground and in bloom. Next week, they are expected to flourish in full on the various terrains. In nature, usually only one of both species occurs in the same place. The Bird in a bush usually grows on somewhat lighter soil in nature, while the Bulbous Corydalis prefers loam or clay soil. Both can occur at the same time in the more artificial environment of a park or garden.
Most locations of the Stinzenflora-monitor have both types: Dekema State, Hackfort, Philippusfenne, Jongema State, Martena garden, Martenastate.
At Stinze-Stiens, however, only the Bulbous Corydalis occurs.
Dekema State tried last year to remove the Bulbous Corydalis from a flower bed. That did not really work. In general you can say that it is very difficult and very labor intensive to get rid of a Stinzenplant that has established itself well. It is therefore wise to think carefully before introducing a new variety. Be careful with varieties such as Few-flowered Garlic, Bear’s Garlic or Three-cornered leek. All these types of garlic can start to proliferate in such way that they may become a nuisance.
The White Butterbur is now nicely in bloom at Dekema State. At Jongemastate this is already past its peak. Soon the beautiful olive-green leaves will come. The leaves are moderate in size, up to approx. 30 cm. high, in comparison with the Butterbur, which we do not consider as a Stinzenplant but which one can see on or near such sites. Jongemastate recently sent a photo of the Butterbur along the waterfront and Martenastate made a nice close up picture of the flower.
Hackfort reports the flowering of the Meadow Gagea while the Yellow Star-of-Bethlehem is still in bloom at the Schierstins. The different types of Gagea are very special plants that people often appreciate very much.
At Hackfort the Wood Anemones start to bloom and that colours nicely with the Bird in a bush and Bulbous Corydalis. The Frittillaria imperialis plants at Jongemastate are in bloom.
In many areas there are various older varieties of Narcissus, which are increasingly coming into bloom. The Wild Daffodil, which occurs at Stinze Stiens, is also in full bloom.
Events in April:
Spring tour* ‘Stinzenflora’.
Saturday 13 April (van 10.30 a.m. tot 4.30 p.m. ) three beautiful Stinzenflora parks will be visited: Stinze Stiens (www.stinze-stiens.nl), Martenastate (www.martenastate.nl) en Dekemastate (www.dekemastate.nl). 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
*if there are not enough participants the trip will be canceled. 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.
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.