We had some wonderful days this week and for the coming week the predictions are quite good too. The stinzenflora is now developing rapidly, but its development differs from place to place.
Flowering: start full decreasing
Present: here and there regular massive
At Stinze-Stiens, the Snowdrops and the Winter Aconites are at their peak and part of the Dutch Crocus is already in full bloom in the sun. However, most Crocuses still have to come. Crocuses are especially beautiful when the flower is open, which requires sun and heat. In nature, the crocuses often grow in alpine meadows and come into full bloom just after the snow has melted.
The Snowflakes start to flourish partly they still have to appear. Last Thursday we saw for the first time this year bees, a single bumblebee queen (this is the only one that hibernates), and even a number of butterflies, who visit the Snowdrops, Winter Akonites and the Crocuses, where they take care of the fertilization. Fertilization is essential for obtaining seed. Last time we pointed out the many seedlings that can be seen here and there. After a number of years, these seedlings will start to produce flowers.
At Hackfort, which is a bit further south, the development is not yet that far, but next week certainly full bloom of these early-flowering species can be admired.
At Jongemastate the snowdrops are not yet in full bloom, but this coming week they probably will become in full bloom.
The Cyclamen coum is in full bloom at Philippusfenne together with the early flowering Stinzen plants. Often different types of Helleborus species are present in gardens with Stinzenplants and these plants are now also in full bloom. In Slovenia various types of Helleborus grow in the wild, often in the forest. For more information: click here.
At the Schierstins, it seems that the Winter Aconites are being outcompeted by the Tommasini’s crocus. They wonder what to do about this.
At Philippusfenne, the Winter Aconites also experienced a decline, compared with a few years ago but there too the Tommasini’s crocus is growing abundantly. At some places Philippusfenne added Bokashi, and we are curious to see what the effect will be.
Although at Philippusfenne the Tommasini’s crocuses do not seem to suffer much from the ducks and guinea fowl Dekema State takes measures to protect the delicate flowers with visible results.
At the cemetery of the Saint Vitus church in Stiens the many Winter Aconites are in full bloom and behind the church near the Bruna shop the Dutch Crocuses are alraedy in full bloom when they are in the sun. In short, there is a lot to enjoy everywhere.
This week the ‘Steenhuizen en Stinzenplanten’ working group met with German ‘colleagues’ in the framework of the Northern Lustwarande. With this group, after a meeting in the Pakhûs in Stiens. The group payed a visit to the garden of Stinze-Stiens, the Martenastate and Philippusfenne.
Last week it was mentioned that there will be an article about the preparation of Compost tea It can be found in the chapter ‘Management’ of the monitor: ‘Compost tea: “highe tea” for the Stinzenflora garden’.
The participants in the Stinzenflora-monitor organise various activities during the Stinzenflora season. The events that are now known are listed below. ‘Open gardens’ with private garden owners are often mentioned shortly before in this calendar and on the websites of the participants. Opening up depends on the flowering of the Stinzenplants and the weather.
For possibilities of (group) visits you can contact the relevant participant.
For in the agenda *:
Events in February:
Stinze Stiens (Doktershûs, Vlaskamptún). Sunday 17 February ‘Open garden’. 1.00 – 2.00 p.m. coffee/tea in Pakhûs SOLO (Smelbrêge 9, Stiens): a talk about the Stinzenplants, the management of the Stinzenplant garden and the history of the garden (design 19th century by Gerrit Vlaskamp) followed by a walk through the garden. Access Pakhûs SOLO € 6,50.
14.00 u. – 16.00 u. ‘Open garden’ (Smelbrêge 6, Stiens), Free access.
Martenastate Koarnjum. 24 February, Nature photography excursion with Betty Kooistra. Extra information www.martenastate.nl. To register, please contact It Fryske Gea: www.itfryskegea.nl/activiteiten.
Events in March:
Martenastate Koarnjum. 17 March, Nature photography excursion with Betty Kooistra. Extra information www.martenastate.nl. 30 March, Walking tour stinzenflora. This trip will be guided by Geert de Vries or Aad van der Burg. To register, please contact It Fryske Gea: www.itfryskegea.nl/activiteiten.
Schierstins Feanwâlden: Friday 22 maart 20.00 uur, lecture GROEN, GROENER, GROENST about biodiversity Jan Willem Zwart (De Kruidhof) and Greetje Cnossen (Norwin). Dutch spoken. http://www.schierstins.nl
Events in April:
Spring tour* ‘Stinzenflora’. Saturday 13 April (van 10.30 a.m. tot 4.30 p.m. ) During this spring tour (10.30 a.m. – 3.30 p.m. ) three beautiful Stinzenflora parks will be visited: Stinze Stiens, Martenastate en Dekemastate. 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
This trip can also be booked by groups on request on other days (at least 12 participants, duur 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.
*if there are not enough participants the trip will be canceled.
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 excursions with 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.
The Pastorietuin ‘De Weem’ in Warffum (Groningen) wrote a ‘blog’ on this website last year in the MANAGEMENT section. De Weem reports us:
Snowdrops open garden: 09-10 March 12.00 – 5.00 pm., Free access.
9989 BM Warffum (province of Groningen)
For centuries, many varieties of Stinzenplants have been growing in this garden of 7,000 square meters: Winter akonite, Snowdrop, Bulbous Corydalis, Bird in a Bush, Squills, various types of Lords-and-Ladies, Salomon’s seal, Wild tulip and Star-of-Bethlehem. Due to the massive growth of the Stinzenplants, only the shell paths are used.
* Subject to change. Always consult the websites of the participants for the latest information.