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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

Monday, March 27, 2017


On March 6, we did have our Azaleas near the Gazebo, looking their BEST. But it was a rather dreary day without sunshine... Hard to capture them! I did anyway...
All winter we are looking forward to this and then the moment is  there!
Bees happy humming around...
March 6, husband Pieter started feeding the roses and azaleas...
Spooky boy is almost like a doggy, always nearby and walks back and forth to the greenhouse with Pieter.
Two days later, on March 8, the sun came out so I snapped these photos!
Showing you also the blue sky above our Gazebo...
Closer to the gazebo where pink and white azaleas look their best.
Some yellow Carolina jasmines intertwined with them.
Nature's Poetry!
Imagine, being a bee and visiting all these blossoms...
Also their buds look lovely in a darker shade of pink...
Husband Pieter did bring in these HUGE white Azaleas that grow across the creek near one of our bridges.
Because I was crocheting again to finish my 2nd curtain with Fleur de Lys.
Yes, it is up and hanging since March 16 and I'm very happy!
But last week we suddenly had quite some frost on March 16 as it turned to -3°C (26.6 °F) by 6:36 AM
By 7:41 AM it even dropped to -4°C or  24.8°F...
Needless to say that so many tender blossoms and also young leaves got damaged!
All our Azaleas look brown, the Pomegranate trees are totally browned and so are the leaves from our Japanese Magnolias... A sad sight!

That's life and we have to hope for the best in weeks to come.

Hope you too have had some Spring Awakening in your area, or beginning of the Fall in the Southern Hemisphere.

Thank you for visiting me and I will catch up one of these days; promise!


  1. Fantastic photos! Gorgeous azaleas!!!
    Sorry to read they got damaged by the frost!!!
    But, Spring is here and I am sure your garden will soon be looking beautiful again!!!
    Many hugs, dearest Mariette!!!

  2. Dearest Mariette,
    it looks wodnerful in your Springgarden, this really is a wonderful time in the year!
    Thank you for sharing your gardenpictures, they make me smile!
    Have a lovely week, sending Love and hugs and blessings,
    Claudia xo

  3. Hello Mariette, I am glad you got such a nice taste of spring before the frost came! Here, I can't take any flower photos because it is cloudy every day, so I enjoy your gardening efforts all the more.

  4. Liebe Mariette,

    frohe Frühlingsgrüße

  5. Hello Mariette,
    These flowers are very beautiful, your garden is a paradis. I like it. Today it's running ;(

  6. Dearest Marietta,
    It is such a joy t o see all your azaleas in bloom. I'm sorry they got hit by frost. Will it affect their growth over the summer?
    Spooky reminds me of Spot the Cat who watched and helped us build our house so many years ago.
    Toes crossed that you are enjoying real spring soon.........*s*

  7. quanti fiori meravigliosi...benvenuta primavera! Un abbraccio Lory

  8. Your azaleas are gorgeous! Nature's poetry, indeed! Bees around your home are very lucky to get to enjoy them :-) We had trees blossom in our subdivision but the cold last week forced them to fall. It's going to be 80s this week, though. I hope you enjoy nice warm weather. Happy spring, Mariette!

  9. Liebe Mariette,
    was für ein Blütenmeer. Wunderschön.
    Eine angenehmen Abend wünscht dir

  10. Uma explosão de cores e formas. Lindas flores. Amei o gazebo. Aqui está findando o verão. Esse ano foi muito quente. Desejo uma feliz primavera.

  11. Pure loveliness, my dear Mariette! Such a wonderful shade of pink! Isn't springtime so wonderful? Except when you get an unexpected frost, that is......We can never know what Mother Nature has in store for us. I'm glad that you and Pieter did get to enjoy these while they were in full bloom. And Spooky Boy, too! Sending hugs xo Karen

  12. Dear Mariette
    You have already had such a beautiful spring with your azaleas in full bloom!Pink ones and white ones are lovely. I look forward to seeing your roses too! Looks like your cat enjoys strolling the garden!
    Happy spring to you!

  13. Glad to hear you both are doing well and getting out on bike rides to enjoy the weather. My husband said a few weeks ago that he would like to buy a bike. I haven't ridden one possibly since I was a teenager. I lived on a bike in those days. Sorry to hear your azaleas suffered a bit from the cold. I imagine that happened all over with the warming up and then the cooling again. But they will bloom again. Happy Spring!

  14. Spring is wonderful, I love seeing all those flowers. Pity the frost got to them, but I'm sure they will return soon.

  15. We still have to wait for their flowering. Your bloom already pretty and have lots and lots of flowers. Regards.

  16. Good evening Mariette, oh my goodness, your azaleas are beautiful and it is such a treat to see them against the backdrop of the beautiful blue sky.
    How frustrating to have your blooms spoilt by the snap of cold weather. I have to say our weather has been a little strange as well. We removed the protective fleece from our plants, only to replace it a few days later.
    As always it is a treat to visit you.
    Best Wishes

  17. Hello dear Mariette,
    Home for a moment, so I have time to blog again a bit!
    I knew you had a fabulous garden but these azalea are an absolute killer, how magnificent!
    You must spent a lot of time in the gazebo :)
    Warm hugs and keep well

  18. wow!! liebe Mariette, ich bin schwer begeistert von dieser tollen Blütenpracht, eine wahre Augenfreude. Danke fürs Zeigen ;-))))

    Viele liebe Abendgrüße von Traudi

  19. Those pictures are simply beautiful. So sorry about the backward slide of the tempertures. Not fair!

  20. Dear Mariette,
    Happy homing for the Garden soil Roses but I'm sorry about hit by frost but I'm grad you and Pieter did always enjoy Roses and Azaleas they pink and white look Green house. Spooky boy is walks with Pieter's some yellow their best.
    Happy spring for you!
    We had not good for rain eat.

  21. Wat prachtig Mariette. Hopelijk valt de vorstschade mee.
    Fijn weekend, lieve groet

  22. Dearest Mariette; Oh My, What a spectacular and magnificent view with gorgeous Azaleas near your Gazebo♡♡♡ I LOVE the new header as well♪ Great to see your Dear husband's work always fulfilled, isn't it☆☆☆  Well, the weather (coldness) must be the huge disappointment... I DO know how beautiful the flowers of your Japanese Magnolias.
    I'm really appreciated with your sweet comment to the performance for my husband's group♪ Today, again I'm busy invited Gathering of haiku poets. Yes, Public proceedings are complicated and I'm happy with my husband's help.
    I do hope your hosting your husband's Monday Night club event will go all smoothly, Dear friend. Life is sometimes hard but we should enjoy, rigt(♡^.^♡)
    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend, xoxo Miyako*

  23. Colori e profumi.
    Buona domenica...ciao.

  24. Mariette pięknie i zielono u Ciebie.U nas jeszcze trzeba trochę czekać,żeby zakwitly azalienDrzewa jeszcze nie mają liści.Pozdrawiam serdecznie.

  25. Ganz herrlich, liebe Mariette! Aber so schade, daß es den Frosteinbruch gegeben hat, wo es ja schon so schön warm war! Bei uns sollen es heute 20 Grad Celsius werden. Ich hoffe, daß es hier nicht auch noch einmal kalt wird.

    Viele liebe Grüße

  26. Dear Mariette,

    Loved seeing your pretty Spring garden with the beautiful Azaleas - they make such a gorgeous show and the gazebo really sets the scene for them.
    Hope you are enjoying some lovely sunny days
    happy weekend


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