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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 9 languages and is called the MUSHROOM BIBLE: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2020/08/modern-mushroom-growing-2020-harvesting.html

Friday, August 27, 2010

{White Waterlily Nymphaea odorata in our Pond}

Mid August, our pond looks so tranquil... yielding the beauty of the white waterlily; Nymphaea odorata.

The bench under the huge oak tree is a pick-nick bench. The back converts into a table. That's a favorite spot for having our afternoon tea; provided it's not too hot and humid outside! Observing the fish in the pond or the baby turtles for whom Pieter build an island from planks; for perching on. Those babies are out there in April when the pond is full of pollen and blossoms from the trees.

To the left is that plank... but you cannot come near, or they dive into the pond!

Zooming in, from the greenhouse area... you can see them now.

From the other side, facing the greenhouse with its patio.
That's where we put all our pot plants  for the three months period in winter.

A couple of years ago in August we had a tame 'wild' duck on our pond with her ducklings. Such a joy! The little ones can walk on those waterlily leaves! This was maybe her third brood for that year...

Not many ducklings survive. Big turtles do pull them down for a snack; hawks prey on them and the bull frog does not spare them either...

And the big mama turtle depositing her eggs in June so in April we again can observe those baby turtles... Nature coming full circle!


  1. Hi Mariette, that beautiful pond with animals there must be lovely to have it. I love to see these beautiful flowers, the truth is so necessary, right? lovely post, Rose Marie

  2. Liebe Mariette,ich habe die "Krabbler" natürlich auch lieber draussen als im Haus.Unsere Sandsteinterrasse heizt sich in der Sonne schön auf,deshalb gibt esjede menge Eidechsen direkt vor der Haustür...ab und zu verirrt sich da auch mal eine ins Haus die wir retten müssen...ich finde die Tiere auch wunderschön.Als Kinder haben wir sie auf den Feldern immer versucht zu fangen,mittlerweile beobachte ich sie lieber...
    GGLG Astrid

  3. liebe mariette,

    nun darf ich den teich sehen, von dem du erzählt hast. er ist wunderschön und würde mir im eigenen garten auch sehr, sehr gut gefallen. ich glaube nur, dass bei uns die "nahrungskette" länger wäre durch die hunde und unseren halben kater "albert einstein" ;)

    heute war ein tag, der es in sich hatte. ich habe nicht nur sehr, sehr viel geschafft, sondern der tag hatte auch einige überraschungen vorrätig. ein wechselbad der gefühle... ich kenne jetzt wieder die tonlage meiner herzfrequenz *lach*

    ich wünsche dir und pieter ein paar wundervolle stunden am teich, ein herrliches wochenende und sende euch liebe grüße nach georgia


  4. Oh, liebe Mariette, was habt Ihr für einen schönen großen Garten!!! Eigentlich sieht das Ganze eher wie ein Park aus. Traumhaft ist es so viel Platz zu haben. Von einen Seerosenteich und Gewächshaus träume ich auch, aber das geht bei uns überhaupt nicht. Unser gesamtes Grundstück ist nur 155 qm groß.
    Und sogar Mitbewohner habt ihr auf eurem Grundstück!! Ich glaube dir gern, dass es sehr viel Freude macht den Nachwuchs zu beobachten. Richtig goldig ist das.

    Ich wünsche dir ein schönes Wochenende.
    Liebe Grüße von Elvira

    P.S. Hast du evtl. von deiner Freundlin gehört, ob die Tasche schon eingetroffen ist?

  5. Hallo Mariette, Dein Garten gleicht einem Park einfach wunderbar. Und Du beschreibst so schön wie die Natur in Deinen Garten Einzug erhält. und alles ganz natürlich abläuft .
    Von der Geburt bis zum Ende. Du kannst Dich glücklich schätzen alles so nah beobachten zu können.

    Ich wünsche Dir einen wunderbaren Sonntag

  6. Liebe Mariette, ich habe übers Rosengärtchen zu dir gefunden und finde es wunderschön hier !!!

    Ich wünsche Dir ein schönes Wochenende

    ♥Grüße ,woman

  7. ♥♥ Olá, amiga!
    Que lindo!
    Que delicadeza!...
    Suas fotos são encantadoras.♥♥
    Bom fim de semana!...
    ♥ ...com tudo de bom!
    ♥ Itabira
    Brasil ♥♥

  8. Hi Mariette, Wow, hands down you have a gorgeous pond!! All the wild life is amazing.. my husband really wanted turtles in ours but since they will eat the fish we had to pass. I love winter, but somewhere inthe middle of it when I have had enough.. I will think of you and your 3 months of winter :-)))
    Thanks for the info on the dishes, I printed the page, maybe one day when there are no garage sales and I need a dish fix I will hunt a few pieces down:-)
    I hope you are enjoying your weekend!

  9. Dear Mariette, your garden is amazingly beautiful, absolutely gorgeous!!!!!! and the pond is completely lovely with those water lilies and the turtle!!! It´s really a dreamed garden to me... felicitaciones!!!!
    And thank you very much for your so sweet message on my wedding anniversary, it meant a lot to me and you are right, relationships have thorns too but the beauty of the roses can cope with everything, don´t they???
    muchos cariños,
    maria cecilia

  10. Your pictures are perfectly pretty, Mariette!
    Will follow you so I don't have to miss any future posts..
    Have a wonderful Sunday and a great week ahead! xx

  11. Dear Mariette,

    Loved seeing around your gorgeous garden and how pretty the waterlilies in the pond are. The family of ducks are just gorgeous and must have been fun to watch.

    Enjoy the rest of the weekend


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