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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 Commercial 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

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

FIRST Fragrant Magnolia Grandiflora 'Namnetensis Flore Pleno'

On April 30, the day that my Pieter went to heaven, I came home from the funeral home and spotted this FIRST fully open blossom...
Fragrant Magnolia Grandiflora 'Namnetensis Flore Pleno'

Parked my car inside the garage and captured it as it was also very low on this huge tree and easy to access.

Its planter is no longer with us to admire this tree which he planted in 1993 but no doubt my Pieter is watching over his estate from heaven...
It really IS summer here with 38°C or 100°F
Today it was 39°C or 102°F



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  1. Todo te lo recuerda. Es dificíl acostumbrarse a su ausencia física, ya que mentalmente siempre lo tendrás presente.
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Querida Antónia,
      Eso es muy cierto, ¡pero estoy tan agradecida por todos los recuerdos de un amor verdadero!
      Abrazos,
      Mariette

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  2. Dear Mariette, you just know Pieter is looking down on this tree from heaven. I am sure he was glad you spotted it so quickly and had the flower positioned just for you to photo. You'll remember April 30 every time you see this bloom, but with much love in your heart. Lynn and Precious XX

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    1. Dearest Lynn and Precious,
      It was indeed a very special sight to see this fully opened flower.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  3. It's gorgeous. I'd like to think that was Pieter's doing, that the blossom was fully open as you got home. ❤️

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    1. Dearest Kim,
      It certainly looks like it and it really struck me!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  4. This certainly was a heavenly sign for your comfort and reminder of the special love you shared while here on earth. Blessings, Mariette!

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    1. Dearest Martha Jane,
      No doubt it was and I welcome many more like that!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  5. Such a pretty flower, I see it as Pieter's way of showing his love after he had passed

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    1. Dearest Jo-Anne,
      Thank you and yes, it was quite remarkable that it was right there on his departure day.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  6. Hello Mariette, What a special gift to you that perfect flower was. Your weather looks like the kind I am escaping from in Taiwan. I just looked at Dublin's climate on Wikipedia and it seems quite sub-tropical in the summer, but pretty chilly in the winter. Do any palm trees grow near there, or is it too cold? (A few palm trees grow in Taipei, but they look unhappy and like they would rather be in Southern Taiwan, more their kind of place.)
    --Jim

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    1. Dearest Jim,
      Yes, it was a perfect timing for that Magnolia to bloom just then!
      Our past winter was very mild but it can be harsh in some years, like in 1983 when we were here for the first ever winter. We sure do have palm trees and they do well: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2022/07/pieter-captured-our-estate-progress-for.html
      Pieter did show them to me in June of 2022 when I went solo to The Netherlands for picking up Mom & Dad's Estate items.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  7. Maggie is very beautiful and she was indeed sending smiles from Pieter.

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    1. Dearest Terry,
      Love the name Maggie for that majestic flower and no doubt it was Pieter smiling down at me!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  8. That is a beautiful flower, and I have no doubts that Pieter made sure it was waiting there for you to see.

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    1. Dearest Jackie,
      It is a stunning and fragrant flower and its blooming time was magical!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  9. Lieve Mariette,

    Hoe mooi is dit en bijzonder op die dag.

    Alle goeds en liefs,
    Hilly

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    1. Lieve Hilly,
      Ja, héél bijzonder inderdaad en ook maar één bloem die dag...
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  10. Mariette, a flower from Pieter to you, he will show you more Ive no doubt. Our loved
    ones always send us signs from heaven, sometimes subtle, other times not, like
    in this instance with this beautiful flower. Hugs, Laura🦚🦚💖

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    1. Dearest Laura,
      Yes, this was a heavenly gift and a special forerunner, ahead of the other blooms for that tree.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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    1. Dearest Eastside Cats,
      Yes, it sure was a treasure to see!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  12. Dearest Mariette,
    It's the smallest things that can give us the greatest joy.
    love and peace to you...........suzi/smartcat

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    1. Dearest Suzi,
      You are so right in that and overall happiness is being found in many small things.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  13. What a beautiful bloom....a sign from your beloved Pieter.
    Wick hot here too.
    Hugs Cecilia

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    1. Dearest Cecilia,
      Thank you and no doubt this was a perfect timing!
      It sure IS summer.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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    1. Dearest Jim and Barb,
      Yes, a very special bloom that appeared oh so timely.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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    1. Dearest Melissa,
      Thank you and yes, it really is summer, today we had 102°F
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  16. Wow, what a beautiful flower. It is surely a special and loving message from your Pieter.

    We, too, have been having very high temperatures and humidity. Summer has most definitely arrived.

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    1. Dearest Kevin,
      Thank you and no doubt it was a loving message in a timely manner.
      At least two more months of summer heat...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  17. Hai una magnolia meravigliosa che ti ricorderà sempre il tuo amato Pieter.La vita va avanti...

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    1. Cara Olga,
      Sì, ci sono molti bei ricordi del mio Pieter nella nostra tenuta e all'interno della casa. Questo è qualcosa di cui essere grati!
      Abbracci,
      Mariette

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  18. Like the arrangement of those white petals. Nature is great.

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    1. Dearest Joe,
      Those little wonders in nature sure are great!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  19. That magnolia is gorgeous. I'm so glad you can still enjoy Pieter's flowers.

    It has been crazy hot here, too, but is finally cooling down today with some much needed rain.

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    1. Dearest Danielle,
      Yes, it is a regal tree with humongous, double fragrant blooms.
      Rain is threatening here as well and so much needed for the farmers!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  20. Beautiful bloom. I am sure your beloved Peter is watching over you and all the land he loved. XO

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    1. Dearest Pilch92,
      Thank you and no doubt my Pieter is watching over me and his three kitties as well as the entire estate that he created with his hands.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  21. The magnolia bloom's timing seems like a beautiful sign from Pieter, watching over you and his beloved garden from heaven.
    Isn't it wonderful how nature can bring comfort and remind us of cherished memories?

    Sending you warm hugs during this summer heat. my dearest friend.

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    1. Dearest Veronica,
      That timing indeed could not have been any better!
      Nature sure brings us comfort.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  22. What a touching and beautiful moment you've shared! It's incredibly moving how nature has a way of offering comfort during difficult times. The blooming of the Fragrant Magnolia Grandiflora 'Namnetensis Flore Pleno' seems like a lovely sign from Pieter, letting you know he's still with you in spirit, watching over the garden he cherished so much. The beauty and fragrance of the magnolia blossom must be a wonderful reminder of the love and care that went into planting it. Thank you for sharing this heartwarming experience. 🌸

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    1. Dearest Anna,
      Thank you and indeed nature has a thousand little miracles unfolding before our very eyes.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  23. Wunderschönes Foto der herrlichen Magnolie, die zu der Zeit erblühte als sie gebraucht wurde.
    Ich sende dir eine Umarmung und Liebe.
    Und ich danke dir für deine lieben Beiträge auf meinem Blog.
    Alle lieben Wünsche für dich Mariette.
    Bei mir leuchten am Abend die Glühwürmchen im Garten und auch einen Igel habe ich gesichtet,
    wir haben so wundervolles Wetter, viel Sonne, regelmäßig Regen. Ich habe bisher kaum den Garten bewässern müssen. Alles grünt und blüht, in diesem Jahr besonders die Rosen. Es ist eine Freude.
    Liebe Grüsse Viola

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    1. Liebe Viola,
      Ja sie erblühte am Moment wo es viel Meinung hatte!
      Es ist immer schön bei Dir zu lesen. Danke für die lieben Wünschen.
      Toll das euer Garten so gut wächst mit herrlichen Rosen.
      Genießt den Sommer.
      Liebe Grüße,
      Mariette

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  24. Olá, querida Mariette, que atitude mais emocionante, fiquei comovida, amiga!
    O amor é o sentimento mais lindo, não morre jamais, isso que li aqui hoje é um grande amor!
    Sim, a flor abriu para receber você!
    Um bom domingo, querida
    Forte abraço! 🙏 🌹

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    1. Prezada Taís,
      Obrigado e sim, o amor verdadeiro nunca ACABA e haverá inúmeras fichas dele.
      Assim como a Fé profunda – ela está lá!
      Abraços,
      Mariette

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  25. That sure is a special bloom! Exquisite!
    And in your previous post all your window bloomers are gorgeous!

    Sometimes I can get an Amaryllis to rebloom, for a year or two, but this year I had no luck...This house has no windowsills, so all my plants are either under lights or in a south facing area on shelving. I have a shade to filter the light there, else they would cook.

    I am sorry that you have to endure all that pain.

    (And I just got back from my work!)

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    1. Dearest Ingrid,
      Thank you and as for the windowsills, we had the home built that way as here in the US there usually is only a narrow ledge.
      That is a typical Dutch thing and having plants to enjoy is such a bliss.
      Will try to go back to bed and sleep but when the pain attacks it is impossible...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  26. Droga Marietta. Piter zostawił Tobie pięknie kwitnący kwiat. Zawsze będzie z Tobą w sercu. Ściskam Cię mocno i pozdrawiam.

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    1. Najdroższa Małgorzato,
      Tak, jest zawsze ze mną, gdziekolwiek się zwrócę. Zostawił tak wiele rzeczy, ponieważ był tak produktywny swoimi rękami...
      Uściski,
      Mariette

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  27. Looks like Angel Pieter is giving you signs, Mariette✨ She's beautiful💗 Double Pawkisses for a Happy Day🐾😽💞

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    1. Dearest Marlene,
      He certainly does and I only can welcome them into my life.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  28. How special to see a magnolia blossom on the day of Pieter's funeral, Mariette. I've always loved this flower. There used to be a tree at my old house with BIG white blossoms that had the prettiest scent. Stay cool these summer days, and wishing you pleasant July days.

    ~Sheri

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    1. Dearest Sheri,
      No, not on the day of Pieter's funeral but on the day of his passing...
      This is a different variety as the ones you see here usually, we got also a Southern Magnolia Grandiflora.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  29. I Love Magnolias. I couldn't seem to find the name of the photographer for the picture as they came off the website . I didn't want to take credit for the photos being mine. Maybe, I should look around a little more to see if I can find the photographers name.

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    1. Dearest Kelleyn,
      Magnolias are such regal flowers!
      You just enjoy your time together and don't worry as you credited someone else already 😉
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  30. I have read because of their perseverance; Magnolias are a symbol of everlasting love and connections. Beautiful flower and it's scent. Hugs, Betsy

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    1. Dearest Betsy,
      Thank you for writing this—had not even thought about it!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  31. What a gorgeous flower! And I am sure it was Pieter who sent it to you on that day, to say hello from Heaven.
    My Nicolas is suffering from his knee and he is going to surgery on Thursday. I pray he will be feeling better soon and recover well!
    Take care of you, dear Mariette!
    Many hugs!

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    1. Dearest Marie–Anne,
      Thank you and it sure looks like a true sign from Heaven.
      Wishing your Nicolas all the best on Thursday as a hurting knee is tough to live with.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  32. I'm sure there's nothing on your property that doesn't have your Pieter's touch. He watches over you, wherever he is.
    xoxo

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    1. Dearest Cristina,
      You are so right—my Pieter is everywhere and always will remain on our property and in the home—his soul is here.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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