4oo years old treasure

DSouza-De-1_0It’s a long time ago, not much remains from that period. But its history still lives. I can never buy a painting or antiques from that time. An old house in Amsterdam? Never.

But once, people could buy fancy houses with this. They were financial independent for the rest of their life with this.

And ”this” is… a tulip bulb. In the 1630s, Holland was speculating in tulips, and it became big part of the Dutch economy. That was the tulipomania. In 1637 it all ended and the market fell, big time. Tulips were sinking from people’s pounding hearts.

Now it’s my turn, 400 years later, to have a pounding heart. It’s like walking up an attic in an old house and find a treasure under a dusty blanket. Although I didn’t find my two tulip bulbs in an old Dutch attic, I have them all the same.

I bought them from a plant shop selling historic tulips. I chose two bulbs of ”Duc van Tol red and yellow” dated 1595.  

What if they will be stolen from the allotment? Most of the tulip breeds are more or less copies of the really old ones. ”Duc van Tol red and yellow” can easily be taken for a ”best buy”. This tulip isn’t extravagant. Just a quite ordinary small tulip. That’s the secret :)


Rose defense and one more fall day…

I’ve learned to stay away from this pink rose with its self defense. :) Foto-0063

Foto-0062 On the way to the water tap, we pass this garden. Foto-0079 My neighbor makes these plants really tall. She gave me some of hers but it’s too much shade at my place. This flower originates from Africa and needs a lot of sun. A strange version of ”strawberries on a straw”?! Foto-0082

Sunflower on its way! :)

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Repot or… what?!

Do plants from the flower shop look terrific? Well yeah!

But what about inside the pot? The condition of the roots gives an indication of the flower’s future health. The emergency condition might not show in the shop.

Most probably the new plant need repotting already in the shop. Roots spin round and round inside the pot. Then, when watered, the roots can’t get air. It’s good bye.

I don’t think there’re those who are born with green fingers and others not. The plants’re often really bad from the start. It’s hard to believe in the shop though! I’ve experienced plants that are so stuck in their pot I have to cut it open. Roots can dynamite themselves through plastic for more space. And if we won’t give them new soil and space, more than too many cans of water, they don’t last long.
Sometimes I hear people say: I can’t handle plants, they die, it’s my fault, I’m bad.

But think about it: In the shop or supermarket even the most stunning flower can be a wreck inside. When plant industry gets bigger and bigger, less time is spent taking care of the plants. They aren’t planned to stay long, just like any other product in a factory. Leaves gets sprayed with chemicals, and polished with something nobody knows. We think it’s our fault they die. No, that little yucca palm just need some caring fingers from us :)

 Asparagus plumosus (fjädersparris) is a new plant in my home, it connects wonderfully with the trees outside.