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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international mushroom consultants. MEMOIRS about husband Pieter Vedder, who was a SCIENTIFIC PIONEER in Mushroom Cultivation Education. His practical handbook is in 8 languages and is called the MUSHROOM BIBLE: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2020/08/modern-mushroom-growing-2020-harvesting.html

Friday, March 26, 2010

{Easter Season}


  • Just want to start with wishing all of you a very Happy Easter!
  • Spring is here so it will be a great time to get into the garden and bring the blooms into the home.



  • In my heart shaped tin, from Amaretti cookies, I do keep all the special window decorations to be hung up once again. 
  • Also in that tin I do keep the organdy egg ribbons, I've made one year, to go around white and brown eggs.


  •  These chicks also were inside the tin, waiting for their time to hang in the bay window of the kitchen and look into the garden where each day more and more green shows and where sun rays keep them warm.


  • On the very bottom of that tin were the large egg shaped window decorations with the chicken and the bunnies. 
  • Let's show them here...


  • They are from Germany, made out of brass that has been polished and lacquered, to prevent them from tarnishing. They are hung from a silk cord, either from a suction cup or else. I found them years ago when we attended one of the International Mushroom Science Congresses in Regensburg, Germany. Of course one always finds some time to explore the city and its special gift shops. The owner of the shop did give me the information of the producer of these window decorations and I have ordered over the years quite some pieces. For Christmas they have a great variety too and they even will create your own design, provided you order a minimum of 100 pieces. For a club or special occasion that would work well. I did design a happy mushroom family, which I sold all over the world at congresses and such.
  • Gut, für die deutsche Leserinnen hier die Info über die Jech Kunstgewerbe Fensterbilder 
  • Okay, let's go into the garden and see what we can gather up in the special flower basket that Pieter, my husband, got from Erika Wald, with some packets of seeds...


  • Here we are with the yield: some gorgeous blooming Obdam Narcissus and white Thalia "The Orchid Narcissus" for use in my Villeroy & Boch Easter eggs.


  • In the basket are also some fresh sprigs of rosemary and double yellow daffodils to be used in the picture frames, for each table setting. I will introduce them to you, just be patient...
  • Don't you agree that these Orchid Narcissus are one of the loveliest of all daffodils? Two or more graceful white flowers adorn each stem. The petals reflex slightly backward "like the wings of an angel". Of course these heirlooms are fragrant too!


  • Here are the special Villeroy & Boch eggs that my dear sister Diny did find for me in The Netherlands after I'd seen them in a Dutch magazine. 
  • You just fill them with water to become small vases and there are the Thalias... just perfect for that purpose. 
  • I first put them in this large Gardenia Bowl from Wedgwood cream color on cream color, that I often use for floating candles together with fresh flower heads.


  • Well, why don't we have some guests for dinner? The setting is just perfect so let's put the Le Jacquard Français tablecloth on and use the napkins with the silver napkin rings, the Baccarat Piccadilly glasses and the Wedgwood cream ware plates. The cute bunny that we did bring from Germany last year and the sheep to hold the place cards, get out of their tin as well; a different tin -- that held the champagne we received from Pieter's brother and his wife for a special birthday. Lots of stories to tell. That is the nostalgia of keeping traditions alive, each time you pass those special items through your hands, stories will come to mind again.


  • Now let's see... I think I will set those eggs free. Isn't that sheep cute with the place card? And what a beautiful vase full of Obdam Narcissus in that Wedgwood cream color on cream color 8 oz pitcher which I use as a vase.


  • Indeed, this looks better and even the sheep agree, as well as the bunny with the baby-bunny!
  • Ah, now you can see those picture frames made of Delft white, they hold water and I've added in each a sprig of rosemary with one daffodil head. Using some paper towel to steady them works fine.




  • Now, let Joe & Joanne come to share dinner with us...
  • Always good to sit around the dinner table with special people to share a home cooked meal and to set the table in a special way.

Wishing each of you All Happiness For Easter!


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

{Fragrant Double Narcissus Obdam}



On March 15 we did enjoy our very first arrangement of Narcissus Obdam, a perennial bulb in double cream yellow. They make superb cut flowers and almost look like gardenias or roses. 


Here you see cup & saucers from Lady Alexander Rose by Queen Anne, England and available at Replacements Ltd. Hand crocheted tablecloth done by me.


We did have a second showing on March 20 and they looked even prettier and next day they opened up wider and fuller and changing color more to white.




The vase is a Mandalay Chartreuse by Mason
 available at Replacements Ltd.


This is one day later, see that they turn whiter as they open up fully.


Here they are in the garden, waiting to be taken home with us or to be given to a dear friend... Today Maria Runggaldier from Ristorante da Maria was the lucky recipient!

The fragrance only adds to the beauty!

In our garden we do have one spot with Narcissus Snowbird and they do resemble the Obdam  like a twin.  When we bought them the description read: Captivation! Opens lemony yellow and quickly lightens to pure white with a hint of yellow in the center. Strong 20-inch stems withstand bad weather  and make long-lasting cut flowers. Midseason. All that is TRUE, it is a very pleasing, maybe the very best and longest lasting of Narcissi!
At McLure & Zimmerman you can find this Obdam Daffodil. Strange is that they have them listed as being not fragrant and they are highly fragrant! If you do like these, don't forget to order them for fall planting  in order  to start enjoying this spring show annually.

Related links:
{Our Garden's Winter Blooms for Christmas} | previous post by me with MASON'S
{Enjoy some Fig Cake with Tea Jelly!} | previous post by me with MASON'S 
{TIP New Purpose for Cigarette Holder} | previous post by me with MASON'S 
{Wishing YOU a Happy 4th Advent 2012!} | previous post by me with MASON'S
{Our Nativity & Angels from Italy} | previous post by me with MASON'S 
{USEFUL TIP: Peppermint Tea for Anti Bloating} | previous post by me with MASON'S


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