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The Iris: a message for you
For me, the iris is a flower I associate with wonderful memories. For many years, I helped out in my father's company, Wagemaker Flowers BV. I can think back to good times when my father and I planted thousands..
The secrets of Cyclamen hederifolium
When all the leaves are falling from the trees, the silvery flowers of this little bulbous plant are just peeking above the ground. Cyclamen hederifolium: it's a real autumn-flowering delight. I once received..
Gardening: healthy for body and mind.
Just like me, many people enjoy gardening as a hobby because it helps them relax. In other words: enjoying hands-on work in a green environment and forgetting about everything else. But why is gardening healthy..
Yippie - I can plant bulbs again!
I feel like a little kid. I could just go skipping around my garden! It's September, so the time for planting bulbs has begun!
Food value or ornamental value?
When I'm busy using flower bulbs, it's mostly because I'm making my house or garden look more beautiful. At times like these, I often think back to when bulbs were not seen for their ornamental value but..
Lilies bigger than a football
The focus of last week was the Dutch lily Days: days when all the newly developed as well as the existing lily varieties are on show for all to see. For me, these days were a kind of benchmark - a time when..
The wonderful world of flower bulbs
Yesterday, during a wonderful walk I took as part of my work in the gardens of Appeltern, I was referred to as the ‘flower girl’. Probably because I often react so excitedly (maybe too much so for some..