The weather changes from sunny and warm to sunny and cold and everything in between. It is also very dry. Predicting is always difficult, but with this changing weather it doesn’t get any easier. At the moment the Wild Tulips look great in most places, hopefully that will also be the case next week.
Flowering: start full decreasing
Present: here and there regular massive
In a number of cases it is reasonably certain that the plants still present at those locations are descendants of species that were planted more than 200 years ago. The history of the forest tulip dates back to the 16th century. Do you want to know more about this: click here. (only in Dutch)
The Summer Snowflakes are in full bloom everywhere, just like the Snake’s Head Fritillaries. The Bulbous Corydalis is still in full bloom, but that won’t last long. Seed pods from the early Stinzenplants that have finished flowering, such as Winter Aconites, Snowdrops and Snowflakes are present, but the seed is not yet ripe. Leaves from these plants begin to die slowly.
This week we have a few nice pictures of the holes that the Bombus terrestris make in bottom of the flowers of the Bulbous Corydalis to get to the nectar. This phenomenon has also been observed with the Wild Tulip.
The Drooping Star-of-Bethlehem also starts to produce seed, but it still blooms quite nicely. This will also not last long anymore.
The Yellow Anemone, the Appenine Windflower and Wood Anemone are all still blooming nicely.
Hackfort is definitely worth a visit for the Wood Anemone and you can also admire the Snake’s head fritillaries along the stream. The lighter soil type at Hackfort lends itself better to the Wood Anemones than the heavier soil of most other places that we report on. The Lilies-of-the-Valley are also doing well on this lighter soil, which are slowly starting to flower.
The Lords-and-ladies are now also in bloom.
The fruit trees that were historically always present at these terrains either are in bloom or will soon be in bloom. What is also noticeable now is that more and more trees and shrubs have young leaves or will soon have them. This is a wonderful time of the year, but it also marks the end of the Stinzenplant season. Cow parsley is already starting to bloom here and there.
The Imperial Fritillaries are still in full bloom. The Common Lungwort still blooms beautifully. Also the Salmon Berry, which can be found very often in Stinzenflora parks, gives color to the garden, and … bumble bees love them.
The Double Meadow Saxifrage very slowly begins to bloom here and there. At the Schierstins and at the Pakhûs garden of Stinze Stiens, also the Meadow Saxifrage begins to bloom. The Double Meadow Saxifrage is the full-flowered variant of the Meadow Saxifrage. The Meadow Saxifrage is very rare in the Netherlands. We are very curious to see whether the Meadow Saxifrage that we have sown two years ago in the meadow near the Pakhûs will settle there definitively.
The Bluebells are also getting more and more flower buds, but full flowering will still take a while.
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, 2.30 – 5.00 p.m. .Museumweekend with tours garden / building. Entrance fee reduced; tour for free. http://www.schierstins.nl
Stinze Stiens: 13 April, 2.30 – 5.00 p.m. Open garden. Free entrance.
Martenastate Koarnjum. 27 April, Nature photography excursionswith Betty Kooistra. 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.