First seed pods of the Drooping Star-of-Bethlehem at Stinze Stiens.

First seed pods of the Drooping Star-of-Bethlehem at Stinze Stiens.

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

Stinzenflora-monitor Calendar 2019 week 16. Scroll horizontally to view all plants. Learn more about a terrain or stinzenplant? Click on the name in the table.

First seed buds of the Dutch (Crocus vernus) at Stinze Stiens.

First seed pods of the Dutch (Crocus vernus) at Stinze Stiens.

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鈥檚 Parsley will develop strongly, just like Ground Elder and Cleavers.

Dandelions are overgrowing the Bulbous Corydalis in Park Jongemastate.

Dandelions are overgrowing the Bulbous Corydalis in Park Jongemastate.

The Dandelions are in full bloom.

Wild Tulip in front of the Caucasian wingnut at Stinze Stiens.

Wild Tulip in front of the Caucasian wingnut at Stinze Stiens.

Wild Tulip and some Daffodils in the Martenatuin (Franeker).

Wild Tulip and some Daffodils in the Martenatuin (Franeker).

Wild tulip, Epemastate, IJsbrechtum.

Wild tulip on the edge of the ditch at Epemastate in IJsbrechtum.

Last week was a great week for the Wild Tulip, this week they will soon fade away.

The Star-of-Bethlehem catches the full sunlight (Schierstins).

Rather soon the lawn at the will be full of patches of the Star-of-Bethlehem. The first flowers appear at the south wall of the Schierstins.

At the Schierstins, the first flowering Star of Bethlehem with its many white star-shaped flowers has already been spotted.

Lovely smell of the Bluebells in the front garden of the 'Doktersh没s' / Stinze Stiens.

Lovely smell of the Bluebells in the front garden of the ‘Doktersh没s’ / Stinze Stiens.

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 Hyacintho茂des 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

Wild tulip and growing herbaceous plants in Park Jongemastate.

Cow parsley, Cleavers and Stinging Nettle grow fast so the Wild Tulip nearly disappears in Park Jongemastate.

The problem with the growth of Ground Elder and Cow鈥檚 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鈥檚 Head Fritillaries are still beautiful now, but will also very soon start to set seed.

The last Apennine Windflowers of this Stinzenflora season at Philippusfenne.

The last Apennine Windflowers of this Stinzenflora season at Philippusfenne.

Apennine Windflowers in Park Jongemastate.

There are only a few but these Apennine Windflowers look so beautiful in Park Jongemastate.

The last Apennine Windflowers of this season can also be found in various places.

Wood Anemones at Hackfort.

Wood Anemones at Hackfort.

Summer Snowflakes at the waterfront at Hackfort.

Summer Snowflakes at the waterfront at Hackfort.

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鈥檚 Garlic hardly blooms yet, but it will also flower during the week, just like the Double Meadow Saxifrage.

Bear's Garlic on expedition at Schierstins.

In the meantime, there are also several Bear’s garlic plants on the other side of the canal of the Schierstins. The leaves of these specimens are considerably larger than the leaves of the ones at the inner courtyard.

At the Schierstins more and more Stinzenplants are growing on the other side of the canal.

Voorjaarszonnebloem, Weegbreezonnebloem, (Doronicum plantagineum) bij Stinze Stiens.

Plantain-leaved Leopard’s Bane (Doronicum plantagineum) in full bloom at Stinze Stiens.

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.

Oxlips and Common Lungwort at the Schierstins.

Oxlips and Common Lungwort grow well together at the Schierstins. In the bright sunlight the Oxlips are really an eye-catcher.

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.

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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.

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Events in April:

Spring Fair, 20 april at Dekema State.

Spring Fair, 20 april at Dekema State.

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

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.聽27 April, Nature photography excursionswith Betty Kooistra. 20, 21 en 22 April, Walking tours stinzenflora.聽Theses trip will be guided by Geert de Vries or Aad聽van der Burg.Extra information www.martenastate.nl. To register, please contact It聽Fryske聽Gea:聽www.itfryskegea.nl/activiteiten.