maandag 25 mei 2015

Jugs of loveliness

Where shall I start?! When I entered my garden after a short holiday in the UK, I was lost for words....
The sheer beauty of it all. I sat down on the grass and gazed in wonder. I could not remember the garden being this far when I left. The lilacs, lupins, daisies, alliums and colombines all in bloom.......and the colours...breathtakingly beautiful. Perhaps someone with a magic wand did it overnight? I guess not ;-)

Having a garden like this is all about dreaming, planning, planting and maintaining. After six years of hard work the garden looks the way my late husband and I hoped it would look one day. It's wild, there are lots of weeds, but there are masses of flowers .....When I look around me I realise this is only the beginning. The first roses are ready to open and so are the peonies. I believe it's going to be the best spring in my garden so far. Hope it will be a good spring for your garden too!

Have a colourful week!


Madelief x

woensdag 20 mei 2015

Vin'tea'guing in Ely


Just came back from four wonderful days in Ely, a small historic town in the south of Cambridgeshire (UK). Ely is well known for it's connection with Oliver Cromwell, who once lived here and for it's famous cathedral with octagonal tower, which you can spot from miles around.

We had a lovely cottage called The coach house, which I can recommend to you. It's full of period features and vintage treasures. It has a lovely garden, where you can sit in, have a lovely cream tea or read a book on a sunny day, like we did.

Our stay in Ely would not have been complete without a visit to Peacock's tearoom, which was recommended by several of you. We liked it so much that we visited twice and ate far too much cake :-).

We spent a long time in the antique centre near the river. Over sixty dealers are housed in an old eighteenth century building, which was used as a malt house once and even as a morgue in the second world war. The variety of antiques on offer is large: military memorabilia, household ware, porcelain, furniture etc.. I found an antique embroidered tablecloth for in my garden and an old Pears print and dressing table set for in my new bathroom. Oh...and a sweet floral teacup. I could not resist that one either :-)

Thank you once again for your kind suggestions of places to visit. Hurray to social media!  Wish we had more time. Four days is much too short to visit this beautiful county.

Enjoy the rest of the week!


Madelief x

* When you have a size 8 or 10 and love vintage dresses and live near Ely, do go to the antique centre to buy the amazing green floral dress on my photo ;-). Unfortunately I did not fit into it, but it's so sweet!

zondag 10 mei 2015

Explosion of flowers

Thank you for your kind comments and suggestions of places to visit in Cambridgeshire. I appreciate them very much. I will be leaving this week and looking forward to my stay immensely. Hopefully the weather will hold. 

Wherever I look in my garden I see flowers. Mostly in blue (bluebells, forget-me-nots, corn flowers, Spanish hyacinths), purple (Jacob's ladder, phlox clouds of perfume), pink (forest hyacinths, wallflower, lilacs, clematis Montana) and white (Salomon's seal and sweet woodruff). 
In between yellow netels pop up and make it all look even more cheerful. 

The tulips are almost done now and the aliums are starting to bloom. There are fat buds on the roses, rhododendrons and peonies. So much is happening. Everytime I visit I am in for a surprise.

The garden may look beautiful on the photo's, but each year I am fighting the slugs and witch grass.  The slugs have started on my lupins already and the shoots of my dahlia's are not safe either. Worst of all is the witch grass. It's slowly taking over my garden. If one of you can tell me what's the best way to conquer it, I would be really happy. What problems do you face in your garden?

As I am off to the UK, next weekends blogpost may appear a couple of days later.

Have a good week!


Madelief x 

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