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Hetty van Baalen
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"The switch".
Half May is a time of big changes. In one week the
garden has changed completely. Every year, I am surprised again about the
metamorphosis of the garden! "The switch" I call this period. "The switch" from tulips to roses. The tulips are all gone now. Instea...

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May. Tree peonies.
May, what a wonderful month it is. Shall I write about the first roses,
or about the extraordinary red blooming broad beans? About the last tulips? Indecisively
I walk through the garden. But finally I choose the tree peony, it simply looks
breath-taking. B...

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Tulips from Amsterdam.
The other day my daughter and me went to Keukenhof. The weather forecast
predicted a pleasant temperature and lots of sunshine. So, this is the time to
go! Alas, a lot of other people have come up with the same idea. All the
roads to Keukenhof are jammed wi...

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How gardening makes you happy step 5. The temptation.
Dear garden girls, This month I would like to talk about the temptations
all gardeners are exposed to. And I do not mean that nice CHOCOLATE CAKE while
you are on diet, or those SHOES with too high heels you never can walk on, or
that much too expensive des...

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Open garden days. Spring 2017.
April open garden days It is quiet in the garden. The April open garden days
are over. I enjoyed the conversations with the many visitors from home and
abroad. I am touched hearing some visitors have travelled over 700 km just to
see my garden.   It was col...

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Tulips in the wrong colour.
Around Easter many tourists are in our village. It almost
seems they all have only one mission; taking a picture from our flowering pear
tree. I do not blame them. It's such a beautiful picture! I am busy on the other side of the hedge. I have to pull
out a...

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A sea of tulips.
Last week I have been away on a short trip. Returning home,
- my mind still on the blue Mediterranean sea - I am surprised to find a sea of
tulips in my garden! How fast a garden can change in only four days. Especially on the south faced wall of the house,...

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How gardening makes you happy. Step 4. Must-haves.
Dear Garden girls. Spring has begun. Everyone is gardening; even
the non-gardeners. That's why everyone is SO CHEERED UP on a spring day! After
all, Gardening makes everybody HAPPY! Probably you desperately want to go to the
garden centre to buy some plants...

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The taste of early potatoes.
I
remember my father harvesting the first early potatoes. My mother cooked these
potatoes immediately and baked them too. That taste, delicious! My
father used to grow ‘Eerstelingen’. That is why I planted 'Eerstelingen' last
year too. But the taste of my '...

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The first day of spring.
At my back door a blackbird sings of spring. To miss nothing of this spring day, I quickly go out The freshly mown grass, smells like sun shine. Finally spring. romantic rose garden Blackbird sings. Crocussus Blue spring sky. Spring garden. Spring flower. S...
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