I had promised you some pictures of my visit to 2 beautiful nurseries in the south of the Netherlands.
Together with my mom and aunt, we first visited Marnis nursery (sorry, only in Dutch).
Iris 'superstition'; a gorgeous nightblue variety!
Papaver orientale 'Indian Chief'
Papaver orientale 'Türkenlouis'; fringed... & in real life even brighter
The actual reason to go to this nursery was this rose. I bought one about 9 years ago, just before we left the Netherlands to go & live abroad for a while. So I never actually saw the rose in bloom in my garden. Now that we're back, I couldn't find the rose anymore (guessed that one of the renters didn't really see the beauty of it). So I went back to Marnis & bought a new one. It's a single rose and it looks very fragile in a very, almost neon-like, pinkish red colour.
I planted it last week & all of a sudden, I saw another rose making it's appearance.. it looked a bit neglected with ugly branches. I decided to let it stay there and waiting for the buds to open before deciding to take it out or not. And guess what? When the buds opened, it was the same rose!!
I have 2 now and I don't mind at all :)
After lunch we went to another nursery, Bastin
Bastin is well-known for its mediterranean plants like many different kinds of salvia & lavender.
I didn't take any pictures there (it started raining and I had my hands, of course, filled with plants!!), but I'll show you some of what I bought that is in my garden now:
Salvia 'Hot Lips'
Cistus x purpureus 'Betty Taudevin'
Campanula La Belle
Verbascum Chaixii Album
I hope you liked the little tour & if you're in the neighbourhood, these nurseries are well worth a visit!
Very dedicated and well-informed people, with a heart for their work!