Better Together

Better Together

Sometime this Spring, fellow grower Carlo van Schagen walked into our warehouse with the most fantastic bouquet of double Tulips. He’d brought them all the way from his own place in Egmond, and he ...
The Royal Treatment

The Royal Treatment

This time it was Madeleine from Chile that stood on our doorstep. From Chile? Yes, from Chile. Years ago, it was the Daffodil that introduced us to each other. Madeleine has a tree nursery (mostly ...
Cucumber Times

Cucumber Times

In The Netherlands, we refer to the slow news season of the summer as ‘Komkommertijd’, literally translated ‘Cucumber Times’. When looking up how to correctly translate this, I got ‘silly season’ a...
Peony Party Time

Peony Party Time

I never thought this day would come: The day we would start offering Peonies in our web shop. I always felt the need to have them: Peonies are flowers everyone loves. When someone sees them for the...
The Fat Frits

The Fat Frits

Next to the Amaryllis, Dirk is also grower of the Kaiser’s Crown, which is the official name of the Frittillaria imperialis. Over the years, he has built up a beautiful assortment of Kaiser’s Crown...
Big News

Big News

That news is way more important, and I am absolutely delighted to be able to tell you about this: Our newest Fluwel team member, Vlad, has moved from Berlin to North Holland with his family. You ma...
Peonies

Peonies

Peonies have been on my wish list for years. We’ve not had them in our assortment before, but I’ve wanted to add them for a very long time. They’re simply gorgeous, and we can arrange it fairly eas...
Big, Enormous Feet

Big, Enormous Feet

I need to get started quickly to tell you about all the highlights of this spring. Last week, I wasted my word limit on talking enthusiastically about a church full of Daffodils, but you can probab...
Time for Cake

Time for Cake

Finally, I have time to write a newsblog again. I have been waiting a long time to tell you all about the fun stuff I’ve done this year. Lots has happened between the Daffodils and other flower bul...
The World Daffodil Tour 2024

The World Daffodil Tour 2024

For decades now, the world's daffodils' lovers and regular gardeners alike, have taken part in a tour around the world every 4 years. This journey starts in New Zealand, then it continues in the US...
Beauty Comes With Age

Beauty Comes With Age

In Dutch we have a saying: “Lelijk in de luier, mooi in de sluier.” It literally means: “Ugly in their diaper, beautiful in their wedding veil.” It’s a bit of an older expression, meaning that peop...
The Oscars of the Horticultural World

The Oscars of the Horticultural World

Emails, emails, we all get them, we rarely want them. Not too long ago, I found an email I was happy to receive: a message from the Royal Horticultural Society. They invited me to Lindley Hall on M...
Foot massage declined

Foot massage declined

Can you believe it? I offered a price of half a euro per bulb plus an additional foot massage for the first crates of Tulip Love Story. Jan Vink, a grower in my neighbourhood, will be selling this ...
Daytime Birthday Parties

Daytime Birthday Parties

When I told my colleagues at Land van Fluwel that the title from this weekend’s newsletter was going to be ‘Daytime Birthday Parties,’ I got some confused looks. Marian however, a young at heart la...
In the split

In the split

Yes, you know what it is: Sometimes I have to choose and I can't choose at all because the choice is between a nice job and an even nicer job: Writing a news blog or caring for daffodil flowers in ...
An Important Day For Daffodil Enthusiasts

An Important Day For Daffodil Enthusiasts

As of today, no fewer than 483 different varieties of Daffodils are available in the Fluwel web shop. Really, 483? Yes 483. I sometimes think 'what have I gotten myself into', but actually I just l...
The Flower Bulb Trade

The Flower Bulb Trade

To rule is to look into the future. This is also the case with the bulb trade. The Amaryllis growers have been chasing me, actually since the beginning of January, to pass on our Amaryllis wish lis...
Rectification: World Daffodil Tour Programme

Rectification: World Daffodil Tour Programme

A small change of plans in the programme of the World Daffodil Tour that will be held in April. I sent out a programme in last week’s newsletter, and we have received many lovely responses from pe...