Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Keukenhof Park

Before visiting this park, I read a lot about the amazing Keukenhof park in the Netherlands, which is open from mid-March to mid-May, that is, during the tulip bloom. Getting to the park is not difficult. By metro from Amsterdam and then by special bus, straight to the entrance to the park.


 From the first steps Keukenhof surprised me. More than 70 thousand bulbous plants were planted this year. The beautiful combinations of flowers, rhododendrons and trees are amazing. Tulips, daffodils, anemones, hyacinths, muscari, fritillaria (hazel grouse), etc. were rivers of flowers. Look at the combination of purple tulips and white daffodils.

The combination of tulips of different varieties is amazing. Many varieties of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, and muscari are planted in flower arrangements.   

I liked the hyacinths in light and dark lilac on the main alley of Keukenhof Park. Yellow large daffodils completed the picture. Park designers show interesting ideas for combining different spring flowers. A river of blue muscari and yellow tulips is an amazing sight. 


I stopped near the pond to look at the swans. Pink and red tulips, white and yellow daffodils, and lilac hyacinths looked lovely. There are many small lakes, streams, and waterfalls in the park. Flowering plants look beautiful reflected in the water.  



The Netherlands is the main supplier of all bulbous plants in the world. Many visitors are eager to see the variety of spring flowers in Keukenhof Park. This park is famous not only for tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, but also for flowering trees and shrubs such as rhododendrons, apple trees, plums, and sakura. I hope you enjoyed this short excursion to Keukenhof Park, the Netherlands.  

Perhaps you have been there, what was your impression?

Here is my video about Keukenhof park: 


Friday, April 26, 2024

Spring is Coming, Snow Melts

 This April I have made the new video:


The rays are blinding  

And the ice melts 

Even a stump on an April day, 

it dreams of becoming a birch tree again.  

Cheerful bumblebee buzzes  

Perky cheerful starlings shout: "Spring is coming! Make way for spring!



Wednesday, April 10, 2024

My First 'Crazy' Patchwork

Patchwork is the art of sewing from scraps. The most prosaic idea is to use waste fabrics. When I decided to take up this craft, I learned that patchwork is a great way to add bright colors and coziness to the interior. Typically these products include rugs, blankets, bedspreads and pillowcases, coasters for plates and cups, tea warmers, soft toys, chair covers and much more.



I collected fabric scraps that had been lying in the chest of drawers for a long time. The main thing is that these fabrics are new. Of course, you can buy pieces of fabric for creativity in the store. But my idea was to use fabric scraps from my storage. I found a piece of embroidery done with dark blue and gray threads on blue fabric. Unexpectedly for myself, I found embroidery made with dark blue and gray threads on blue fabric.



I immediately decided that this would be the center of my future cushion. Then I dug up more pieces of fabric left over from sewing clothes (a long time ago!). Here are the stages of my “Crazy Patchwork”:

When the work was ready and its size matched the preselected cushion, I sewed the trim along the edges and then the back of the pillowcase. I dressed the cushion in patchwork and sewed on buttons to fasten it.




Now this 'crazy' cushion decorates my bedroom.

Do you like this kind of handicraft? Do you have patchwork style items in your home?