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Monday, June 2, 2014

Lessons from the Garden & Memories of The Netherlands

image HHL - June 2013
This time last year we had returned from an amazing trip to The Netherlands to celebrate Mr. G's Birthday in May. While there we were lucky enough to catch the last week of the BEYOND GORGEOUS gardens at Keukehof!!! And that put in motion something that we too often over look - "anticipation and patience."

In today's fast paced, constantly connected, desire for instant gratification there is little room for things that take time ... well Mother Nature is a great reminder ... that some of the most fabulous things in the world do take time and when it comes to nature - nothing will happen before its time.
And the waiting/anticipation began once we were back in Canada - June 2013.

FOUR months later ..... our precious package arrived, just in time for the autumn planting here.

It was like an early Christmas ... all these bulbs!!!

The weather had begun to turn ....and the autumn garden boots were already out.
The trees were almost completely bare and the early cold temps had called the gardens to an early rest.

But these bulbs had to get in the ground .... 
I was nervous because winter like temps had begun early at the country house and the earth was starting to freeze.

We planted and asked Mother Nature and the garden fairies to look after these precious gifts all the way from Holland.... 
Winter was extra harsh ... and SIX months later ....
Our new garden beauties were making their debut .....

They were quite late ... due to the harsh winter ...and didn't start coming into full bloom until mid to late May....

But when it was time BOOM!!! the blooms were spectacular...

And then this beauty started to unravel slowly .... I fell in love with the Maxima Lutea at first sight at the Keukehof gardens ... but the yellow that I waited a year to see remained tightly closed.

Each day ... the blooms raised up ... higher and higher....

and this past week-end the long awaited yellow Maxima Lutea ... made it's grand entrance!!!! In my opinion worth every second of anticipation!!! all these months.

As I walked out to the tulip garden each morning and was greeted with yet an other breath taking tulip - I couldn't help but think that thankfully there are still some things in the world to remind us to be patient. That no matter how much we worry - things will turn out the way they are meant to - for our highest good.

The tulips are now starting to fade ... and soon there will be just a patch of dirt were they once were. BUT! I know that with care and nurturing during their rest time... next spring I will get to see them again. And I can't wait to see what Mother Nature will surprise us with.

"To truly enjoy a luxurious and balanced life, one must be able to appreciate the time of anticipation/waiting for something magical." ~ Celia M.

Do you wait with anticipation for your gardens to return each spring?

If you missed it you can see photos of our trip last year to Keukehof Gardens here  and the original Maxima Lutea that captured my eye. More photos of our trip  here  

Hugs and Blessings,
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  1. OMG! Those are absolutely beyond stunning!! What gorgeous photos too my friend! xo

  2. Dearest Celia,
    Oh, your Maxima Lutea in yellow is certainly a DREAM and worth the long(est) wait! All of your tulips looked so healthy and beautiful and you do have GREAT soil in your garden.
    Yes, we all long for the new awakening of Mother Nature and it is all worth it every year. Just yesterday when I was having my supper at the kitchen table, by myself as Pieter had his club's meeting with formal dinner, I pondered that now the time of green and growth will start. No more blossoms. It kind of makes you sad that this stage is already behind us but the lush green and the nuts and fruits that are coming next are worth it.
    We have to look more often at Mother Nature and adapt our hurried lifestyle!
    Hugs and blessings to you,

  3. Liked your post so much. Living in the tropics we have blooming flowers all year around but bulbs is something I know nothing about. Enjoyed the photos.

  4. Your place is looking AMAZING now it's furnished!!.. Love the living room, the teal wall looks great.. Ralph & I have just started, hoping to get our kitchen ordered in the next few weeks..You're more than welcome to pop in anytime, I'm sure you'd have plenty of good advice!!

  5. Oh.my.word! Amazing! I can only imagine how exciting it is to watch them grow and bloom.

    BTW...remember me? I'm finally blogging again :-) and it sure feels good.


  6. Spectacular! Your patience paid off. Beautiful and extra special as a reminder of a wonderful trip.

  7. Your tulips and flowers are gorgeous.. Lovely images.. Sounds like a neat trip! Have a happy week!

  8. Celia, Your tulips are absolutely gorgeous! What a wonderful way to remember your trip! Hope you are well.
    Hugs, Beth


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