Saturday, December 30, 2017

We're ringing in the new year soon !

Wishing you a hosta filled 2018 !

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Hosta Christmas Wishes!

The Dutch Hosta Society 
Wish you all a 
Very Merry Christmas and Best Wishes 
for a Hosta filled 2018!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Winter arrived at Het Gazebo !

Snow! Weather warnings such as Code Red earlier this week! 
What was the Hosta work Party to do on the 13th?
 Eat, drink and be merry of course!
Thanks to all who made 2017 at Het Gazebo a success!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Something for the Winter!

Hosta Quiz Number 5 !
Each photo represents a hosta name!
Maybe you will see a hosta to add to your wish list!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Autumn Colours!

At Het Gazebo and Monomet in Diepenheim!
Lots of leaves, still a few weeds! But oh, so pretty! 
It was warm enough to enjoy the morning coffee break on site!
Hot Chocolate with Gouda's Stoop Wafels! (click here) 
Try making them yourself!  
There's one more visit this year! December 13th!
See you there!

Monday, November 6, 2017

It's Almost Christmas!

And Sinterklaas, 5 December, here in The Netherlands!
 Looking for something to get the Hosta addict in your life?
There are lots of great ideas on Internet!
Images from...zazzle, ebay, cafepress, spoonflower, Fire Island
from In the country garden and gifts!
and of course a " Nederlandse Hosta Vereniging "
Happy Hosta Shopping! 

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Added to the list !

Beer and mustard seed have been added to the European list of
basic substances for plant and crop protection !
According to the CTGB click here 
Beer is allowed for the use against slugs and snails
and mustard seed as a fungicide! 
Happy Hosta gardening!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Can you believe it's October!

 Two days ago, we experienced the warmest 16 October! 
A record breaking 24 C !
Today we're in Diepenheim, Het Gazebo!
 A few degrees cooler, but still a gorgeous day!
 Corn is being harvested! Red beech loosing leaves!
Signs of Autumn at Het Gazebo!
November 15th and December 13th!
Those are our next planned work party days!

Monday, October 9, 2017

A is for Apple Candy !

 Hosta ' Apple candy' 
October! And there are still a few great looking hostas shining green in the hosta garden!
 Today members of The Dutch Hosta Society board of directors headed to Jonkersvaart, Groningen! Board meetings rotate though out The Netherlands! This time it's by Jannes! A tour of the garden then coffee and delicious Dutch apple pie recharged us before we started the meeting!
2018 is looking like a great hosta year! Saturday March 3rd, it's the Hosta Master Class and Meeting! The month of May looks like we'll be busy at the garden fairs! June takes us on our Summer garden tour! And that's just the beginning! Want to join in the fun? Become a member of The Dutch Hosta Society! See you at one of the events!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

2 days in 1 !

That's what it felt like for Het Gazebo work party!
 The weather forecast was promising for today in Diepenheim!
But the morning hot chocolate and cupcake break
was enjoyed under cover, a party tent ! Misty rain!
By mid afternoon the weather improved!
September sunshine! almost 20C!
That sure does make a difference when weeding!
We rounded off the day with drinks out on the terrace!
Thanks to all who helped fill the trailer with weeds!
We're back here on October 18th! 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Hosta Foliage !

There are still beautiful hosta leaves to be found out in the garden!
Gather a few and create your own table centre piece!
We'll be at Het Gazebo in Diepenheim on Wednesday! Sept 20th!
A bit of weeding, friendly faces, coffee and more!
See you there!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

We're in Belgium!

 The Dutch Hosta Society's September garden tour was in Belgium! 
Sunshine, 10 am and we were all ready! 
Name badges, participant list and lots of enthusiasm!
Hosta Garden Over de Beek in Meeuwen was our first stop! More than 50 participants arrived to enjoy a welcoming cup of coffee and traditional Limburgs " Vlaai" in this gorgeous part of Limburg's Belgium! 
 This garden includes a stroll around a lake!
  Hostas are still looking good here!
Thanks Claude Thirion Family for sharing your garden
and hostas in September with us!
 Where does the time go?! Soon it's 12:00 and then it's off to Diepenbeek, Belgium! Park the cars. Time for lunch here before walking to our second garden of the day!
 After an introduction from Vic, that included bits of information about his garden looking better earlier on in the year, we were all invited into his 3000 m2 garden!
 Gardeners all have that...their favourite season in their own garden. Then we walked through the garden gate! Wow Vic! For September, this garden looks great!
Autumn colours, inspiration!
 Creative! Cozy places to sit!
An Hosta path! Just have to take a look!
Thanks Vic! September! It's just fine!
Time to walk back to The Hosta Garden!
There's a lot more time in a garden when they're located closer together!
This is the third garden on today's garden tour!
1400 hostas can be found here!
Where does this path lead?
Super! The Hosta Garden Store!
What a selection! and still looking good! 
 At 4 pm it was time for the hosta auction!
With auctioneers Hans and Jannes, and Lies keeping track,
it was a great success with fun and laughter all around!
Snacks and drinks, the hosta happy hour rounded off the day!
What?! It's already time to gather our hostas and head for home!
Thanks to the Gelders Family for their generous hospitality!
From the amount of chatter and laughter heard amongst friends,
We all had a great time! In a beautiful garden! In Belgium!
3 hosta gardens in one day! In Belgium!
There is only one way to complete the day!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

almost September!

And that means that the Dutch Hosta Society's September garden tour is this coming Saturday! September 2nd! Members, have you registered? We're heading to Belgium! Visiting 3 gardens! One in Meeuwen and two in Diepenbeek!  At the end of the day there will be a few hostas auctioned off! What fun! You still have room in your garden for one more, don't you?! The coffee is ready at 10! See you there!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

It's the third Wednsday of the month!

 That means we're at Het Gazebo in Diepenheim!
Fun! Surprises! A new face! Great weather!
 And lots of visitors enjoying the view!
The stairs show signs of being well used!
Lots of hands! Lots of weeding!
Click on the photo's to see them enlarged!
Next time we're here is September 20th!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Hosta flowers!

 Hosta ' Violetta' is in bloom!
" Upright shiny grey-green leaves, good purple scapes and fantastic flowers " ! That's how the description reads over at Hosta Paradise!
 A beautiful flowering hosta!
There's still lots to enjoy in August!
Don't forget Het Gazebo Wednesday the 16th!
See you there!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

A garden in Ruurlo!

 There, where the windmill stands,
in the village of Ruurlo, Gelderland....
 More that 525 different hostas! Mostly in pots!
on a 1100 square meter parcel of land!
There's so much to see! 
Take your time, wander about!
Enjoy this fantastic garden in Ruurlo!
Thanks Marcel and Willem !