Aster thompsonii

The one and only Aster thompsonii.
En Hessenhof favorit som förökas i hundratals varje år.
Varför den är så bra? Stabil, snygg, superhärdig, blommar länge och så  den härligt lilablå blomfärgen!
Aster thompsonii


The crocosmias are and have been in full bloom for some time.
Most of them have got names like 'Hellfire', 'Emberglow', 'Fire Jumper' and other fire-related names.
This one is my favourite and it's called 'Lucifer'.
It's something in that name that attracts me, it makes me think about forbidden fruit.
'Lucifer' is one of the tallest crocosmias and grows to 120 cm high. It's also one of the most hardy of the crocosimas and therefor perfect for dutch as well as swedish climate!
Crocosmia 'Lucifer'


This Lilium was left behind by a man from Slovenia who has worked here at de Hessenhof.
Now it's in full bloom and a joy for us everytime we go out on the patio to have coffeebreak!
Happy Saturday!

Like you've never seen it before..

We have alot of new Echinacea hybrides at work.
Echinaceas like you've never seen them before!
Echinacea purpurea 'Razmatazz'
Echinacea 'Hot Papaya"

This time un purpose

You've seen my accidential capture of a butterfly.
This weekend I saw them feasting on the Allium sphaerocephalon so I thought I might try to capture some on purpose.
Using a macro lens while taking photos of butterflies makes it so much more exciting - because you really have to get close to take a good picture. No cheating with a telescope lens!
Some pictures turned out more than great, if I may say so.
I think this last one is my favourite!

Surprising capture

I took this picture last week when I was walking around the motherplants to increase my photografiq plantencyclopedia.
When I made the adjustments to take the picture, there was no butterfly.
When I had taken the picture, there was a butterfly!
Echinacea 'Cleopatra' with butterfly surprise!

Limp like an echinacea

Today I feel more like this Echinacea, than like yesterdays busy bee.
A little limp and exhausted, but tomorrow is another day.

Busy bee

Right now I'm feeling like this bee, so many flowers to visit and so little time!
There are so many things I need to do and even more things that I really want to do.
I'm trying to do it all and I just keep whishing that the day had more than 24 hours..


One of our bestselling Scabiosa is this one - Scabiosa caucasica 'Stäfa'.
A rather lowgrowing variety with really big, blue-purple flowers. Yet another plant that is really nice to take a closer look out!

I hope that the sun is shining on you just as it's shining on me!

Kniphofia hirsuta

I love taking a closer look at plants and flower, IRL or through my macrolens.
There is so much to bee discovered in the some what secret world of plants.

This is the secret world of Kniphofia hirsuta


This weekend I went, together with Sabine, to nursery Jaap Duijs.
You could say that he has a very narrow sortiment - only consisting of different Rhodoxis.

Rhodoxis is a non-hardy perennial which will give you a beautiful bloom that varies from white do deep cerise.

Chocolatechip seedlings

These are Baptisia 'Chocolatechop' seedlings!

Baptisia is a great perennial that I've newly discovered. With it's blue-grey foliage, upright and stabile habitus and a very rich bloom it's really a must-have in the garden.
And when it's comes to variety in colors there is nothing to complain about.
These are all seedlings from 'Chocolatechip', this way we get new breeds with new exciting colorcombinations.

Tequila Flame

I have no trouble understandning  where Lupinus 'Tequila Flame' got it's name from..


Saturdayevning I took a trip in the nursery to take pictures of some plants. I got accompanied by Heike.
As I took some photos she sat next to me to see what I was doing, giving my leg or hand a lick when she thought I was getting boring.

Since she wanted attention I thought I could try to get some photos of her.
So I told her to sit..
..but what Heike heard was "lay down on your back with your tummy in the air and I will pet you!"
So the result was something other than I had in mind, but she still is a great dog!

"Hi, I'm the cutest thing you ever saw, right!?"


When I was in Amsterdam with my family two weeks ago we visited the floating flowermarket.
There I bought a corm that didn't have to be either planted or even watered to bloom!
For 3.5 euro is was mine, why not I thougt, could be fun.

What they didn't tell me was that it had a next to leathal smell!
This, my friends, is a Sauromatum venosum, a plant with flowers that smells like rottning flesh.
Why? To attract flies to kill them with it's lethal odour.. Ops, I mean to get pollinated by them.

Let's just say its no longer standing in my kitchenwindow..

Sauromatum venosum

Quite nice in all it's wickedness..

Purple it is!

My whole life I've lived with the conviction that Verbascum comes in two colors - white and yellow.
But THEN one day, there it is! A purple 30 cm high beauty, in PURPLE.
A lifechanging experience, I tell you!

Verbascum atroviolaceum

Summer is..

..a red poppy on a sunny saturday morning

What a weekend!

I've had a superfabulous weekend together with my family!
They left about nine this morning. It's always sad to say good bye, even more sad after havning such a good time together. But I know we'll soon meet agin. Because I know that they, just as I, think that this place is paradise. And who doesn't mind spendning a weekend in paradise every now and then..

Such a nice weekend leaves it trails in the house, so after spending two hours in my kitchengarden I'm gonna spend some time making the house habitable again.

Some photodocumentation of the weekends activities!

Me and grandma at the Nederlandse Openlucht museum
I'm wearing my Inspire me shawl

Floating plant- & buldmarket in Amsterdam

Måns and I at the flowermarket

Grandma and mum havning in Amsterdam

Dad and me in Amsterdam

Hope to have you back soon! <3


I really did my best to sleep in today. But when the clock stroke 8am I was wide awake.
I spend sometime in bed reading Anne Frank then I went up to start preparing for this evenings dinner!
I've baked two rubarbpies and some baguettes, peeled all potatoes and cleaned to house.
My parents are brining some things from Sweden, such as smoked salomon and homemade meatballs.
So tonight we are having a big dinner together with my parents, my younger brother, my grandmother, my co-worker Sabine, my boss and his family and his parents. All in all 13 people!

So now, I'm just waiting for their arrival. Feels almost like christmas eve!


Check out how everything is growing at the biggest motherplant area!
The pictures are from march, april and may.


Sundaymorning the alarm was set on 8 am.
I woke up at 6 am with the morninglight shining through my celingwindow..

I went out and took some pictures of different Alliums covered in morningdew

Allium ursinum, wild garlic



Allium schoenoprasum

Allium schoenoprasum

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Incurable knitter, notorious spinner and a nerd for everyting that grows! Nowadays living in the Netherlands where I work at the organic nursery Kwekerij de Hessenhof


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