The Bulbous Corydalis is still in full bloom everywhere. If you wait too long to look at this species somewhere, chances are that they have already seeded and have finished flowering. These flowers are visited by different types of bumble bees, bees and butterflies.
Flowering: start full decreasing
Present: here and there regular massive
Only insects with a long tongue can reach the nectar of the flower and in this way get pollen on their bodies, so that when visiting other plants the desired cross-pollination can occur. The Large Earth Bumblebee cannot reach the nectar with its short tongue by crawling into the flower, but it has found a way around this problem. He bites a hole in the bottom of the flower and can reach the nectar like this. If you pay attention, the bumblebees with their white tail and two ocher rings on the black body will certainly stand out. Also you can try to discover whether there are the holes at the bottom of the flower. Bulbous Corydalis is therefore not only beautiful to see, but also of great importance for various insects.
Unfortunately, this does not apply to most types of Narcissus, which have little to offer to most insects. Nowadays people talk about the ‘green deserts’, which means a meadow with only Ryegrass. Here is no food for our bumble bees, butterflies and bees. However, the same applies to a neat green lawn, which in this respect does not have much more to offer than a tiled garden. The new orchard at Martenastate looks great, but would it not be so much nicer if in this field between the trees the Cowslip (Primula veris) and Snake’s head Fritillary would bloom in the spring. This combination occurs here and there in the wild in England.
We can now also see more and more and different types of butterflies. The correspondent of the Martenatuin (Franeker) recorded a number of them on photo.
The Snake’s head Frittilaries will be in bloom in the coming week. The development of the Wild tulip will continue. There are now more and more plants with flower buds above the ground. It is likely that we will see these flowers opening in the coming week.
At Dekema State the Wild Tulip starts to open up.
It is striking that the flowering of the early Drooping Star-of-Bethlehem is richer everywhere this year than last year. This is a species that is native in the Mediterranean area. It is possible that for this plant the warm, dry summer has been positive. The combination Wild tulp with Drooping Star-of-Bethlehem is very beautiful. Until recently, the Drooping Star-of-Bethlehem was sporadically present at Martenastate. Currently more and more plants are flowering. Drooping Star-of-Bethlehem can become a nuisance in a garden. Probably because most gardens are nutrient-rich. and the regular tweeding promotes its spreading. At Martenastate it may be that the application of dredging from the pond has made the environment more favourable for the Drooping Star-of-Bethlehem.
At Hackfort the Wood Anemones are in full bloom which gives a spectacular effect. You can now also admire the Snake’s Head Frittilaries and Summer Snowflakes on the banks of the stream.
At Jongemastate you can also find Bulbous Corydalis and Bird in a bush in bloom. At Jongemastate both the Bird in a bush and Bulbous Corydalis are now in full bloom. The Frittilaria Imperialis are also still in full bloom.
Philippusfenne has a beautiful forest lane that is lined with rich-flowering Bulbous corydalis. This lane is covered with branch shredding. This material digests slowly and this provides a good environment for the Bulbous Corydalis. The path is somewhat deepened and the wall along the path has been created over time through the application of various materials, which in turn has created a good environment for the Bulbous Corydalis. The Yellow anemone blooms there, as is the case in other areas. There is still a lot of blue to be seen in the Schierstins garden.
It is striking that the White Butterbur that was richly present at the Schierstins is now also decreasing. At Stinze Stiens there was also a very rich place with this plant, which has now almost completely disappeared. This plant likes shade, coolness and moisture. The warm dry summer was probably not favourable for this plant. We are curious if it will recover or if we will transplant them to a more favourable place.
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, 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.