Around this time of the year, seven years ago, Willem and Trudy, who created Stinze Stiens, came to Stiens for the first time in their life in search of the flourishing Bulbous Corydalis at the churchyard of the St. Vitus Church in Stiens. Not only did they find this place, they also found the Doktershûs with the special garden. After the sale was closed, they never left.
Flowering: start full decreasing
Present: here and there regular massive
The Bulbous Corydalis is now in full bloom on all the estates. But there are differences, they are already starting to get seed in the Martenatuin garden in Franeker, while Martenastate and Philippusfenne expect the peak of flowering coming week.
It is now also the time of the different types of anemones. The Wood Anemones are common at Hackfort (Vorden), and more and more are expected to come into bloom next week.
The Yellow Anemone, which is common at Martenastate, will also be in full bloom next week. Yellow Anemones with brown-green leaves occur at one spot at Dekema State. If there are people who can say a bit more about this phenomenon, we would like to hear from you.
The Apennine Windflower is now in full bloom. It is not very common, but there are beautiful spots at Philippusfenne and at Harsta State in Hegebeintum, where they are blooming along the canal. This site is not yet accessible, but at Harsta farm there is also a nice place that you can visit by walking along the farm and over the white bridge, where you will see the Apennine Windflower. If you go to this place a kind request: DO NOT park the car on the roadside, because there are Stinzenplants, including Double Meadow Saxifrage, that are not yet flowering. You can park at the visitors center of the Hegebeintum church. When the sun is out, the yellow flowers of the Lesser Celandine will open up, which is also a beautiful sight. The various anemones and Lesser Celandine are all part of the family of the Ranunculaceae.
The yellow of the buds of the Wild tulip is already visible here and there, but they do not really flower yet, perhaps in the course of the coming week. If the Wild tulip blooms, the Drooping Star-of-Bethlehem will also be in bloom at various places. This species already shows many buds and here and there this plant comes into bloom. More recently planted plants of the Drooping Star-of-Bethlehem only flower much later, roughly at the same time as the Double Meadow Saxifrage. There is a new blog that describes the interesting history of this species, illustrated with various beautiful images from various old books (only in Dutch till now): https://stinze-stiens.nl/blog/ .
You can also find beautiful spots with purple / blue Sweet Violets in various gardens. At Stinze Stiens there is also a tuft with white violets that bloom.
Although the Wild Daffodil is very rare at the places we report on here, tufts with old cultivar species are found on most terrains. These species are now or will soon be in bloom. At Hackfort the old historic kind Mrs. Langtry is present on a large scale and is now in bloom. More and more buds of the Snake’s Head Fritillary are coming, but there is hardly any real flowering yet.
Philippusfenne has Few-flowered Garlic that now blooms. This species can spread easily, so be very careful when introducing this species. Other types of garlic that can also become a scourge are Bear’s garlic and Three cornered leek. Some areas have Marsh Marigold along the waterfront, which are now also in bloom.
At ‘Stinzenstuin (garden) op ’t Kloosterveen’ in Smilde the Dog’s Tooth Violet flowers, while at Stinze Stiens there is no flower to be seen, so we have to wait … .
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 email@example.com
*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, from 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 excursionswith 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.