View of the Martenatuin (Franeker) with Wild Tulip and some Daffodils.

View of the Martenatuin (Franeker) with Wild Tulip and some Daffodils.

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

Stinzenflora-monitor Calendar 2019 week 15. Scroll horizontally to view all plants. Learn more about a terrain or stinzenplant? Click on the name in the table.

Wild Tulip and Bulobus Corydalis flowering at Martenastate.

Wild Tulip and Bulobus Corydalis flowering at Martenastate.

Dodonaeus, Florum et Coronarium, 1568.

Dodonaeus, Florum et Coronarium, 1568.

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)

Wild tulips at Dekema State. In the front two flowers from one stem.

Wild tulips dance above the plants which flower in summer time at Dekema State. In the front two flowers from one stem.

Bee enjoys the nectar of the Wild tulip at Stinze Stiens.

Bee enjoys the nectar of the Wild Tulip at Stinze Stiens.

Wild Tulip Cemetery Ternaard.

Wild Tulip at the Cemetery of the Grutte Tsjerke in Ternaard. Photo: Stinze Stiens.

Summer Snowflakes in Park Jongemastate.

Summer Snowflakes are flowering this year abundantly in Park Jongemastate.

Orange-tip on Summer Snowflake, Estate Het Steenhuis (Niebert, Province Groningen).

Orange-tip on Summer Snowflake, Estate Het Steenhuis (Niebert, Province Groningen).

Snake's Head Fritillaries and Summer Snowflake at Stinze Stiens.

Snake’s Head Fritillaries and, in the background, the ‘big or Gigantea’ Summer Snowflake (19th century variety) at Stinze Stiens.

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.

Small hole made by a bumble bee in the Bulbous Corydalis. Martenatuin (Franeker).

Small hole made by a bumble bee in the Bulbous Corydalis. Martenatuin (Franeker). Photo: Stinze Stiens.

Bumble bee makes a hole in the Wild Tulip.

Bumble bee makes a hole in the Wild Tulip. Rypserdyk between Dronryp and Marsum. Photo: Heilien Tonckens.

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.

Drooping Star-of-Bethlehem and Bird in a bush at Philippusfenne.

Drooping Star-of-Bethlehem and Bird in a bush at Philippusfenne.

The  Drooping Star-of-Bethlehem also starts to produce seed, but it still blooms quite nicely. This will also not last long anymore.

Yellow Anemones and Drooping Star-of-Bethlehem at Dekema State.

Yellow Anemones and Drooping Star-of-Bethlehem at Dekema State.

Apennine Windflower, Bulbous Corydalis and Common Lungwort in the Martenatuin (Franeker).

Apennine Windflower, Bulbous Corydalis and Common Lungwort in the Martenatuin (Franeker). Photo Stinze Stiens

The Yellow Anemone, the Appenine Windflower and Wood Anemone are all still blooming nicely.

Wood Anemones and Lilies-of-the-Valley at Hackfort.

Wood Anemones and Lilies-of-the-Valley at Hackfort.

Snake's Head Fritillaries at Hackfort.

Snake’s Head Fritillaries at Hackfort.

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.

Lords-and-Ladies with Bulbous Corydalis at Martenastate.

Lords-and-Ladies with Bulbous Corydalis at Martenastate. The Church of Koarnjum in the background.

The Lords-and-ladies are now also in bloom.

Fruit trees at Stinze Stiens.

‘Wichter’ Plum tree and Reine Victoria Plum tree flowering. Poire du CurĂ© in the background at Stinze Stiens.

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.

Imperial Fritillaries in Park Jongemastate.

Imperial Fritillaries are now in full bloom in Park Jongemastate.

Schierstins, Salmon berry (Rubus spectabilis).

Schierstins, flowering Salmon berry (Rubus spectabilis).

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. 

Schierstins, Double Meadow Saxifrage.

Schierstins, Double Meadow Saxifrage starts flowering.

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 Wild hyacint starts flowering at Dekema State

The Wild hyacint starts flowering at Dekema State.

The Bluebells are also getting more and more flower buds, but full flowering will still take a while.

Agenda *:

Events in April:

Guided spring tour Stinzenflora 13 April

Guided spring tour Stinzenflora 13 April: Stinze Stiens-Martenastate-Dekema State.

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 informatie@tunmanswente.nl 
*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.

Spring Fair, 20 april at Dekema State.

Spring Fair, 20 april at Dekema State.

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, Summer Snowflake.

Schierstins, a few Summer Snowflakes are flowering at the Schierstins.

Schierstins FeanwĂąlden. 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

The participants of the ‘photography excursion’ at Martenastate went on their knees. The lenses were big enough to keep the photographers on track. Photo: Sjoerd Hogerhuis.

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.