zondag 7 februari 2016

To plant a garden....

While the branches of the trees sway in the wind and sunbeams try to find a gap in the clouds, I am in the garden. 

This week, when at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, lightning struck at a moment when I least expected it (figuratively), but in a Happy way!

Since then my head is in a spin. I cannot think straight. As I work in the garden, my mind keeps wandering. I put bulbs into the bin and I can’t find my shovel, while it is right in front of me. 

I don't think there is a beginning, nor an end, but I just try to hold on to that delicious feeling for a while longer. Above all it made me realise -even more so than before- that there are second chances in life and there is a tomorrow.

As I plant some more bulbs into a terracotta pot, a huge smile spreads across my face. Let’s go for it!

Wishing you a good week and a Happy Valentine’s day!

To Love & Friendship,

Madelief x

'To plant a garden is to belief in tomorrow' 

zondag 31 januari 2016

Hortus Botanicus

One doesn't always have to travel far to see a beautiful garden. At the end of April last year, two friends took me on a belated birthday trip to the Hortus Bortanicus in Leiden. It's  half an hours drive from Rotterdam only.

The university garden is the oldest botanic garden in The Netherlands, and one of the oldest in the world. It dates back to 1590. It's a hidden treasure in Leiden's historical centre, situated between academy buildings and the observatory. There are several green houses, a rose garden, a Japanese garden, an orangery and a woodland part, which was my favourite.

I had been there before in summer, but to me spring in the Hortus is the best. The spring flowering bulbs, wild flowers, the amazing colour combinations, the young leaves on the trees. It's all like a dream. I couldn't stop taking photo's. If you need a burst of inspiration for your garden, do go and visit. It's worthwhile!

A Happy week ahead!


Madelief x

Thank you for your kind comments on my last post too.

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