Flowering: start full decreasing
Present: here and there regular massive
It has rained for the first time in a long time. In Stiens we had a thunderstorm with quite some rain. The rain was desperately needed, because the soils were / are far too dry for the time of the year. Now, plants like Ground Elder, Cow’s Parsley, Red campion and other plants are also growing fast. If the growth of these plants is not too aggressive, we will now see the radiant stars of the Star-of-Bethlehem (in the Frisian language: Gersstjer / translation: Grass star), the flowers of which only open when the sun shines. The various varieties of the Wild hyacinth now also bloom exuberantly. The Common Lungwort continues to flower, but this wille end soon, and the Apennine Windflower is also still in bloom.
The Lords-and-Ladies are beautiful to observe and beautifully translucent when the sunlight is coming from behind. The pistil is usually dark but sometimes also yellow.
The Double Meadow Saxifrage starts to bloom. This species does not occur in all terrains. For the Double Meadow Saxifrage it is best to go to Martenastate or the Schierstins. The Phaesant’s Eye, which has been planted relatively recently in various estates, is starting to bloom. This plant grows at Hackfort, Dekema State in the orchard, and at the Schierstins.
The Bear’s Garlic is now in full bloom and can easily completely cover the soil. The disadvantage is that if the soil contains a lot of available nitrogen, the plant can do so well that all other species no longer have a chance. For that reason we have been trying to strongly reduce the Bear’s Garlic at Stinze Stiens for years. We pick the leaves and the flowers. Slowly but surely this great effort is successful. Prevention in this case is better than the labor intensive cure. Once the plant is well established and the conditions are favourable for the plant, expansion can take place quickly and the question is whether everyone will be happy with such an expansion, although the flower is very beautiful.
This week we visited Gottorf in Schleswig-Holstein. A baroque garden close to the castle has recently been partially restored. This site is very interesting for two reasons, the first being that the plants that grew in the garden are depicted in the beautiful Gottorfer codex, where the plants are very realistically represented in large format.
They planted plants from this Codex on the ground floor terrace in the current restored garden. A number of these plants still occur locally in the wild at hilly terrain that used to be part of the garden.
We found a number of spots with Drooping Star-of-Bethlehem, of which a few were still in bloom, while most of them had already finished flowering. Interestingly, the flowering time corresponds to that at old estates with Stinzenplants in the Netherlands where the species was not recently planted, but present already for a very long time. The recently planted Drooping Star-of-Bethlehem, probably another variety, is only slowly coming into bloom right now.
Contrary to what I said earlier, the Wild Tulip does indeed appear at Gottorf. We saw some flowering specimens.
There are also a number of places where the Wild Hyacinth is now in full bloom, which is a very nice sight. What is also very special is that the Turk’s-cap (Lilium maragon) also occurs in a number of places in reasonable numbers. If the deer do not eat the buds, they can bloom. There are both white and purple flowering varieties. Both types also occur in the codex. The Bird in a bush is very common. All these plants are Stinzenplants and descendants from the time of the Gottorfer codex, which was made in the period 1649-1659.