It is warm and sunny and (too) dry, and it will stay that way for the coming week. That means that seed of the Winter Aconites and Bulbous Corydalis will become ripe this week. The Drooping Star-of-Bethlehem is already starting to form seed pods.
Flowering: start full decreasing
Present: here and there regular massive
You can collect this seed before it falls to the ground and scatter it where you would like to see more of these plants. Sowing is best done immediately after harvesting. The foliage of the Snowdrops is already browning here and there, but the seeds are not yet ripe, I dare not predict how fast this will go. Normally, the seed pods of the Dutch Crocus only emerge fairly late, but we have already noticed the first at Stinze Stiens. It is now also the time that much more will grow than the Stinzenflora. Cow’s Parsley will develop strongly, just like Ground Elder and Cleavers.
The Dandelions are in full bloom.
Last week was a great week for the Wild Tulip, this week they will soon fade away.
At the Schierstins, the first flowering Star of Bethlehem with its many white star-shaped flowers has already been spotted.
The blue of the Wild Hyacinth is becoming increasingly visible. In the Netherlands there is mainly a hybrid form between the Spanish Hyacinth and the Hyacinthoïdes non-scripta, the Bluebell. The Bluebell is smaller than the other two, has all the flowers on one side of the stem and it smells nice. The Spanish Hyacinth is the largest, does not smell and has the flowers around the stem. At Stinze Stiens there are different variants of the Wild Hyacinth. The smallest variant with flowers, especially on one side of the stem, smells nice, so it is or comes close to the Bluebell
The problem with the growth of Ground Elder and Cow’s Parsley is that the later bloomers such as the Star of Bethlehem and the Wild Hyacinth are no longer visible but are overgrown by the more aggressive species mentioned. This is especially a problem if the soil is too rich in nitrogen. Snake’s Head Fritillaries are still beautiful now, but will also very soon start to set seed.
The last Apennine Windflowers of this season can also be found in various places.
At Hackfort the Wood Anemones have partly passed their peak, but there are also those that are still in full bloom. The Summer Snowflakes are also still in full bloom. The Lords-and-Ladies now start to flower. The Bear’s Garlic hardly blooms yet, but it will also flower during the week, just like the Double Meadow Saxifrage.
At the Schierstins more and more Stinzenplants are growing on the other side of the canal.
The Doronicum plantagineum, the Plantain-leaved Leopard’s Bane, is now in full bloom at Stinze Stiens. The related species, the Leopard’s-bane, Doronicum pardalianches, flowers later. This species can greatly expand with its rhizomes if it is in a place to its liking. They often occur on Stinzenflora grounds.
The Common Lungwort is still flowering. This is a very rewarding plant that can compete well with other plants and it also attracts many bumble bees and bees.
This year there is increasing interest in the Stinzenplants in the various terrains that participate in the monitor, perhaps thanks in part due to the many activities and the attention via the Stinzenflora-monitor.
Events in April:
Dekema State Jelsum. 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
Martenastate Koarnjum. 27 April, Nature photography excursionswith Betty Kooistra. 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.