Brave Crocusses at Dekema State.

Brave Crocusses at Dekema State.

In early February it was fairly mild weather, so early Stinzenplants showed up quite early. Last week it was colder with regular night frost. In the coming two weeks, according to the weather forecast, it will be a lot colder, sometimes with a slight frost during the day. During the day there was a lot of sun and the light was often veiled by a light mist. This soft light with the fresh Snowdrops was an amazing sight last week. Pictures will be enlarged by clicking on them.

'Backlight'. Dina van der Meulen (Stiens) was inspired at Stinze Stiens.

‘Backlight’. Dina van der Meulen (Stiens) was inspired at Stinze Stiens.

Taeke van der Woud (Woudgroen gardener): 'Sunrise...... beautiful at Stinze Stiens'.

Taeke van der Woud (Woudgroen gardener): ‘Sunrise…… beautiful at Stinze Stiens’.

In the morning when it freezes and there is rime some the Snowdrops are less visible , sometimes they even lie flat on the ground. When the sun gains strength, the hoar frost disappears, and the Snowdrops are once again radiantly glowing.

A big disadvantage of this weather is that it is too cold for the bumblebees and bees to cause pollination. We have not yet seen a bumblebee or bee. Despite the relatively cold weather, the development continues slowly.

Prof. Dr. Thomé, Flora von Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz, Köln 1886.

Prof. Dr. Thomé, Flora von Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz, Köln 1886.

Japanese Butterbur, Rectory garden Easterein.

Japanese Butterbur (Petasites japonicus), Rectory garden Easterein, 22-02-2018.

The Winter Aconites are already partly blooming. The Dutch crocuses slowly develop further, there are coming slowly more into flower, but luckily most still have to come. The Snowflakes are becoming more and more beautiful by the day and the flowers of the White butterbur and Japanese butterbur appear to emerge out of the ground.

The struggle we have been waging for several years on Stinze-Stiens against Bear’s Garlic is now clearly bearing fruit. In many places where they are intensively controlled, they do not (yet?) occur and the other stinzenplants develop well. Here and there it is still present and we will fight it again. At the places where it is only lightly controlled, plants already clearly above ground. The exciting thing about an area with many different types of Stinzenplants is to observe the interaction between the different species. The Ber’s Garlic can supplant all other stinzenplants, but coexistence between various different species is also possible.

Snowflakes, Snowdrops, Dutch crocus and leaves of the Wild Tulip and the Italian Lords-and-Ladies at Stinze Stiens.

Snowflakes, Snowdrops, Dutch crocus and leaves of the Wild Tulip and the Italian Lords-and-Ladies at Stinze Stiens.

For example, the combination of Snowdrops, Wild Tulip and Dutch Crocus in the same area does occur.

Common Longwort in the Martenatuin (Franeker), with leaves of the Wild Tulip.

Common Longwort in the Martenatuin (Franeker), with leaves of the Wild Tulip.

Double Snowdrop at Hackfort.

The Double Snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis ‘Flore Pleno’) in full bloom at Hackfort. Photo: Jeanet Peperkamp.

The photo of the Martenatuin shows the beginning of the flowering of the Lungwort that is hidden between the leafs of the Wild Tulip.
The Double Snowdrop is present at several terrains that participate in the monitor. Their flower  looks superficially like the flower of the Snowflake.

Cyclamen coum, Rectory garden Easterein.

Cyclamen coum, Rectory garden Easterein.

Cyclamen coum at Stinze Stiens.

Cyclamen coum at Stinze Stiens early in the morning.

In addition to the classic Stinzenplants, there are also early spring bloomers that occur in the wild and are popular with various owners of Stinzenplant gardens. A good example is the Cyclamen coum. This plant is currently blooming and it is also blooming for quite a long time. It generally does not expand very quickly and the question is whether it can survive in a stinzenplant garden without extra help. This plant was also planted in gardens in the past.

Cyclamen Munting 1696

Cyclamen Rotundifolium Maius Autumnale. Abraham Munting. Naauwkeurige Waarnemingen, Leiden- Utrecht 1696.

The book by Munting (1696) gives a very nice image of a flowering Cyclamen plant. In this case it is an autumn flowering species.

Dekema State writes: It can freeze, it can thaw. Because of the nocturnal frost the Snowdrops stay nice for a long time. At Philippusfenne the family still enjoys the Snowdrops and Winter Aconites during the daily walk(s).

Walk with the 'Kooikerhondje' in between the Winter Aconites and Snowdrops at Philippusfenne.

A walk at Philippusfenne, in between the Winter Aconites and Snowdrops along the path, with the Kooikerhondje, a small spaniel-type breed of dog of Dutch ancestry, originally used as a working dog, particularly in an ‘eendenkooi’ (duck cage) to lure ducks. Kooikers were popular in the 17th and 18th century and appeared in the paintings of Rembrandt and Jan Steen.

 

Snowdrops Jongemastate.

Snowdrops everywhere at Jongemastate.

The correspondent of Jongemastate is on vacation, so now no detailed report, but the park is beautiful with massive bloom of Snowdrops.

Martenastate Snowdrops.

Real Snowdrop galore at Martenastate.

At Martenastate the Snowdrops are also beautiful and the paths are provided with a new layer of shells, making the whole look very well looked after. Martenatuin reports that the development is clearly inhibited by the frost.

Snowdrops in the Martenatuin in Franeker.

Snowdrops in the Martenatuin in Franeker.

Preview

It is difficult to predict how the plants will develop in the coming week, given the severe frost that may occur in the second half of the coming week. The various terrains are also beautiful if there is frost or snow and therefore worth a visit anyway. The climax of the flowering of the Dutch Crocus will still take a while, given the expected cold in the next two weeks.

We planned to go to Slovenia on March 13 to admire the Dutch Crocus in the mountains in the wild. Currently there is still a lot of snow, it is cold and there is more snow and cold predicted to come. That journey therefore unfortunately will most likely have to be cancelled.

Calendar 2018 week 8
 SnowdropWinter AconiteDutch CrocusSnowflakeSquillWhite ButterburJapanese ButterburCommon Lungwort
Dekema State              
Hackfort            
Martenastate            
Martenatuin             
Pastorietuin Easterein               
Philippusfenne             
Schierstins                
St. Vituskerk            
Stinze Stiens               
Present: here and there regular massive
Flowering: start full peak decreasing

Stinzenflora-monitor Calendar 2018 week 8. Scroll horizontally to view all plants. Learn more about a terrain or stinzenplant? Click on the name in the table.

Events *:

The participants in the Stinzenflora-monitor organize 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.

Data: see ESTATES

For your agenda *:

Events February: 

Pastorietuin Easterein.  Sunday 18 en 25 February the garden is open from 12 to 5 pm. Entrance these Sundays: € 2,50 p.p.  The greenhouse (with coffee/tea) is only open 10-11 March, see below.
Groups at least 8 pers. by appointment. Entrance € 4,50 www.facebook.com/pastorietuineasterein
Tsjerkebourren 1, Easterein. Enrance at Stittenserleane.
Members Nederlandse Tuinenstichting free entry when the membership card is shown.
The Rectory itself is not open for public. N.B. No restrooms available.

Events March:

Pastorietuin Easterein. The weekend 10-11 March the garden and the greenhouse are open from 12 to 5 17 pm. Entrance € 4,50 p.p. incl coffee/tea and cake.
Sunday 4 March the garden is open from 12 to 5 pm. Entrance this Sunday: € 2,50 p.p.  The greenhouse (with coffee/tea) is only open in March, see below.
Groups at least 8 pers. by appointment. Entrance € 4,50 www.facebook.com/pastorietuineasterein
Tsjerkebourren 1, Easterein. Enrance at Stittenserleane.
Members Nederlandse Tuinenstichting free entry when the membership card is shown.
The Rectory itself is not open for public. N.B. No restrooms available.

Hackfort Vorden. Sunday 11 March from 11.00 am – 4.00 pm Hackfort opens up the front yard of the castle. A tapestry of Dutch crocuses are a feast for the eye.  https://www.facebook.com/events/558332484528468/

Events April:

Dekema State Jelsum. Museum weekend 14 and 15 April. Spring Fair 28 April: with a Stinzenplants search map you make a tour during these events. For prices, opening times and activities see the website. www.dekemastate.nl

Martenastate Koarnjum. Freely accessible. (www.martenastate.nl) Activities in the context of Leeuwarden-Fryslân 2018: Grien Festival, start Easter Monday 2 April, will last until 15 April. And further: excursions and courses Nature Photography Stinzenflora. For dates, prices and registration see the website http://www.martenastate.nl and It Fryske Gea. http://www.itfryskegea.nl/eropuit

Schierstins Feanwâlden. Museum weekend 14 en 15 April. Tours in the garden and the building. For prices, opening times and activities see the website. www.schierstins.nl 

Frisian horse-drawn tram in front of Stinze Stiens.

Frisian horse-drawn tram in front of Stinze Stiens.

Stinze Stiens, Martenastate (Koarnjum), Dekema State (Jelsum).  7 April 2018 ‘StinzenFloraTour’ with the Frisian horse-drawn tram in a fully arranged experience package.
Program:
A warm welcome with coffee and ‘Frisian orange cake’ at Pakhûs SOLO in Stiens. Here begins the StinzenFloraTour with a ‘chat’ about the cultural-historical background of the Stinzenplants and information about the garden at the Doctors house designed by the 19th century garden architect Gerrit Vlaskamp, followed by a walk through the garden. The journey continues with the horse tram to the Martenastate estate in Koarnjum where a walk through the park,  richly filled with Stinzenflora, with an expert guide. At the Túnmanswente a Frysian lunch is ready. At Dekema State in Jelsum, a centuries-old ‘State’ with beautiful garden and forest, the garden manager will be the tour guide. Tea/coffee at the tea house in the end. The horse-drawn tram will take you back to the starting location in Stiens in the afternoon. Costs all included: € 49.50 per person.

Reservations are necessary and can be done up to April 4 via https://www.stinze-stiens.nl/agenda/

Announcements:

New tourist brochure 'Stinzenflora in Friesland'

New tourist brochure ‘Stinzenflora in Friesland’

Tourist brochure ‘Stinzenflora in Friesland’: For everyone who wants to go out in the spring, a new handy brochure ‘Stinzenflora in Friesland’ is also available at the tourist centers and affiliated organizations (VVV’s and TIP’s). It was developed in cooperation of the participants in the Stinzenflora-monitor and the tourist organizations Uytland / Destination Noardwest and the regions De Greidhoeke and Noardlike Fryske Wâlden. The folder provides information in Dutch and English and shows which locations are real thriving hotspots in Friesland.

App Stinzenflora (only for Android): The organization Nature2U has independently developed an app (only for Android) with information about Stinzenflora. In this Stinzenflora app all Dutch Stinzenplants and companions are described with country of origin and details. The app is composed with Stinzenplant specialist Heilien Tonckens and nature photographer Wil Leurs, supplemented with some photos of waarneming.nl . The plants are easy to find with flower color and shape or for florists by family classifying. In addition, there are also overviews of the Stinzenflora of the Vecht region and Friesland.
More information via www.nature2U.nl

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: 10-11 March 12.00 – 5.00 pm., Free access. Address: Grietha and Mijnard Scheers, Pastorieweg 24, 9989 BM Warffum (province of Groningen). g.e.scheers@hetnet.nl. (+31 0595 42 23 63)

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.