not just tulips

It’s the change of season which reminds me of our visit to Keukenhof in the Netherlands last year. When I tell my Dutch friends I actually enjoyed this they picture my tall frame amidst the many Asian tourists posing on my hunches in front of thousands of pastel-colored tulips and laugh, of course!

Yes, the tulips are an important element of the park but there is plenty of inspiration for real gardeners as well. Just to show you a few examples…

garden show

This year’s Garten München was as disappointing as ever. Most of the focus being on decorating the garden (mostly lawn!!!) with oversize lounges and pillows which are really not practical anywhere with summer downpours. I spent most of my time in the last hall (of six, which includes the Handwerkmesse) and came across some very innovative design exhibitions including jewelry, ceramics and textiles.

Something oversize I do covet for the garden, is one of these giant urns handmade from imported Greek clay but…(this darn climate!) not frost-resistant. Wonderful to watch part of the production process!

spring hint

Maybe soon, looking at this image of some lonely snowdrops. Although, had I photographed the crowds eating gelato in the sun this past weekend it would sure seem Spring has “sprouted”.

In New Jersey we always claim February the longest month of the year and this first of March brings hope of green grass and spring blooms. Here in Munich the snow can last well into April and possibly May. But that doesn’t mean spring fever cannot be celebrated on the first days to reach double-digit temperatures (celsius). Even the garden centers are participating by stocking lots of forced bulbs and frost-resistant blooms like Helleborus and Primula. So let’s celebrate the beginning of the gardening season today and ironically, the anniversary of this blog.