Thursday, February 26, 2009


This post contains an update on Dutch Spring Fling.

We all of us are busy people with lots to do. I write to-do-lists to make things easier. On my most recent list :

- check if my white crayons have turned into a lovely bunch of snowdrops

- show on blog that Tara not only had chosen devil chicken, but angel chicken as well.

- do all the February seeding. Do not forget as next month's will be quite a mammoth task.

- write update on Dutch Spring Fling after the 25th of February
Although quite a few fellow garden bloggers wanted to come, we were unable to get the necessary 20 participants together (not everybody was able to come on the same days) so there will be no Dutch Spring Fling. At least not this year.


- because so many people ask if Tara is getting along with the Bliss team, show pic of Tara with Willow

- buy more flowering bulbs for the kitchen kitchen garden
These are Tete a Tete daffodils but one (on the far left) seems to suffer from delusions of grandeur as it's twice as tall as the rest.
copyright 2009: Y.E.W. Heuzen

Probably more pests can be controlled in an armchair in front of a February fire with a garden notebook and a seed catalogue than can ever be knocked out in hand-to-hand combat in the garden.
Nelly Turner, A Gardener's Notebook


Cat with a garden said...

Ooops, again the first to comment - mom, you need to get a life! We loved the list. Aren't checked lists just the greatest thing?! Thanks for the updates!
Purrs, Siena & Chilli

Ewa said...

owwww... snowdrops...... we will have it in March! I don't remember such late welcoming!

Hannelen paratiisi said...

I love snowdrops and tête-à-tête.

Casbah Kitten said...

First of all...your banner photo... AAAWWWWW!!! Such a cutie! I love seeing all your lovely photos, they make me want to run outside and plant something! And I'm a list makeer too. A checked off list is a thing of beauty.

Margo said...

Wat een leuke foto van Tara en de poes.
En wat een heerlijke lentekleuren, ik heb er wel zin in...

garden girl said...

Tara is growing very fast Yolanda! She looks like she's settling in quite comfortably with the Bliss team.

You've been very busy haven't you, checking off all those tasks from your list.

Grace Peterson said...

Yolanda, We have a cat named Willow too. Tara is a beautiful dog. Your post is very entertaining.

Rosehaven Cottage said...

Tara looks so adorable and seems to be fitting right in with the Bliss team. I know she probably gives them a run for their money, but at least she's good during nap time. :)


Frances said...

Hi YE, this post appealed to my organized little heart, Check! Brilliant. I love devil and angel dolls that Tara chose, how funny. And so nice to think that she is one of the cats on the Bliss team, if an honorary one. Too cutesy pootsey! :-) Too bad about the Dutch fling, wish I could come some day and see all those wonderful sights, not the least of which would be your garden!

Gail said...

Hello YE! You never fail to make me smile! A characteristic I like in people~~It looks like the entire Bliss Team is doing well and that you are all ready for spring time frolics in the garden. Speaking of Spring~~ I was so hoping that you all would get together for a Dutch Spring Fling. Maybe next year. Delusions of grandeur are important in flowers! gail

Kylee said...

I had to laugh at your comment about the tall Tete-a-tete! LOL! Oh that like my Jilly, it's amazing!

Too bad about the Spring Fling, but maybe next year! I know...come to ours! :-)

Reflection Through The Seasons said...

Hello Dear Yolanda.....

I love your description of snowdrops in bud.... white crayons - is just perfect. I’m a compulsive list maker too.... such a satisfying feeling to check things off isn’t it.

Good to see that Tara has settled in.... what a gorgeous coat she has, beautiful colour.

I too smiled at the picture of Tete a Tete... such a great colour combination you have there and yes, one flower is certainly reaching for the sky, or should I say cups.

Have a great weekend Yolanda, may the sun shine on you in your garden..... and thanks dear friend, for your positive thoughts.

Oh! thank you for the grooming suggestion too... I shall be trying it out. Marion

gerti said...

Wat een heerlijk gevoel een lijst met taken door te mogen strepen ;-)
Duim voor de butler! Ik zal Willow jun. de foto van haar moeder laten zien.... ter opvoeding!

shirl said...

Hi there Yolanda :-)

Sorry to read the Dutch Spring Fling won't go ahead this year. It was a tricky time of year for me to be away with my daughter sitting important exams. It was a wonderful idea and a great plan. Thanks for all the thought you put into it. I hope you get a chance to do this yet :-D

Have a great weekend :-D

Aiyana said...

You are really ambitious! I also mke to-do lists, but never seem to get through them.

GardenJoy4Me said...

Yolanda .... Check !! Big smile on my face with this cute post : )
I miss the wonderful Dutch Springs .. Big sigh : )

Karin A said...

What a lovely spring-post! I'm longing for the snowdrops to start flowering. :) I was happy to hear you're participating in Pay it forward.

Have a nice weekend Yolanda! Kram!

Annie in Austin said...

Tell the truth, Yolanda, do you really make the lists first and then check them off as they are completed?

Some of us must confess to occasionally making a list of the already done just to have the pleasure of checking off all the items ;-]

Hope your version of the Fling happens some time!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Kerri said...

Ah, your snowdrops are bursting with buds - beautiful! Mine are just peeking through.
Too bad about the Spring Fling. Perhaps it will become a reality next year.
The Tete a Tete says, "Anything you can do, I can do better!" I doubt if the others are particularly impressed :)
How sweet of the Bliss Team to accept dear little Tara into the fold...or at least tolerate her ;)

em said...

YE, i so enjoy your blog. i hope i can visit in 2010.

Glo said...

I love the 'Check' at the end ;) A very enjoyable post as usual.

Marian said...

Als ik een 'check' lijst ga maken, wordt ie méters lang :-(
Hier komt nog steeds niets op in de tuin, zèlfs geen onkruid en dat is dan wel een meevallertje.
Ik ben niet de enige die wel wat in de tuin zou willen rommelen, de katjes worden zo nu en dan ook wat onrustig!
Maar we hebben geduld, eens is het wat.
Ondertussen geniet ik gewoon van jouw voorjaarslekkernijen.

fijn weeken Yolanda,
groeten, Marian

Jan (Thanks For 2 Day) said...

My goodness, so many things accomplished! I can't comment on each one but I love the photo of the pup & kitty together:)
Your cups that hang above your gorgeous new baby daff's (well, whatever they're called!)...I have one cup just like it! I keep it, on a saucer, on a rack in my dining room meant just for individual tea cups and saucers that I think are beautiful. So of course, I think yours are beautiful!! I wish I had a whole set!!!!

Chiot's Run said...

Found you when googling potager gardens. Love yours! What cute pets you have! We also have many animals here at Chiot's Run!

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

I really can't see too many pictures of Tara - she's just the cutest little thing. I'm sorry your Spring Fling didn't pan out, but now you've got over a year to get everybody locked in to come for Dutch Spring Fling 2010. As a member of the U.S. Garden Bloggers' Spring Fling-Chicago 2009, I would like to personally invite you to join us. We'd love to have you.

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Lisa at Greenbow said...

It is good to see that Tara has made friends with at least one of your cats.

Too bad about the Spring Fling. It would be fun to get together with your fellow bloggers.

Bob said...

Snowdrops seem to be a popular topic in post these days and rightly so. They are great bulbs. I especially appreciate the statement by Nelly Turner at the end your post.
It is so true.

All the best, BOB