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...
Invitation to The World Daffodil Tour 2024

Invitation to The World Daffodil Tour 2024

Invitation to The World Daffodil Tour 2024 Dear readers, Every five years, Daffodil enthusiasts from all over the world organise a World Daffodil Tour. Over the years, we have visited places like ...
Underwear challenge

Underwear challenge

 Underwear challenge An eye-opener, is what I would call my recent conversation with our car dealer Ed. Just to calm everyone’s nerves: Ed is a good one, I know car dealerships have a bit of a rep...
A New Year

A New Year

A New Year Another year to write more than fifty newsletters, and I’m already unsure of what to talk about in this very first one. I’ve had plenty of feedback asking me to please be a little bit ...
My Dream Comes True

My Dream Comes True

 My Dream Comes True We all have those things in our life. You know, the things of great importance. Things that overshadow all other aspects of life. Sometimes, these things are events, and the...
I’m a very happy man

I’m a very happy man

I’m a very happy man   Sounds nice, right? This is how I started my final message during this week’s Fluwel staff meeting. Every year, we finish the year by going to lunch at a nearby restaurant w...
Housekeeping Notice

Housekeeping Notice

Housekeeping Notice Yes, we’re starting with a notice from housekeeping this week, I can’t help it either. I have no clue what else to tell you this week, so I want to relay a message from everyone...
Amaryllis, The Perfect Christmas Gift

Amaryllis, The Perfect Christmas Gift

Amaryllis, The Perfect Christmas Gift Dear All, About a month ago I wrote about my forever love for Amaryllis. There are so many reasons to love this plant so much: from its beauty, to the resilie...
The Dutch Tradition of Complaining

The Dutch Tradition of Complaining

The Dutch Tradition of Complaining If the Dutch have any talent at all, it would be their ability to good-naturedly complain about literally everything under the sun. Usually, there is no reason f...
Ben’s New Grapes

Ben’s New Grapes

Ben’s New Grapes This week, I received a text message from my friend Ben, asking me if I happened to be in the neighbourhood somewhere in the next couple of days. Coincidentally, I was, as I would...
Trijntje Oosterhuis

Trijntje Oosterhuis

Trijntje Oosterhuis Dear reader,   Over the last couple of newsletters, you have been introduced to our new team member Vlad. Vlad writing the newsletter for a few weeks gave my father a few weeks...
The Latest Ladies’ Fashion

The Latest Ladies’ Fashion

The Latest Ladies’ Fashion  You may have never thought about the possibility, but you could just run in to me in the ladies’ section of a clothing store. I’m not one to try on new dresses myself, ...
Amaryllis, a Supreme Romance

Amaryllis, a Supreme Romance

Amaryllis, a Supreme Romance Once upon a time there was a young boy in Moldova, who fell in love with Hippeastrum. It was a day in early April, his 10th birthday, when his great-grandfather visite...
Tulip Marilyn

Pots Ready, Set, Go!

The planting day for spring flower bulbs has finally arrived and you can still make full use of it. For people who don't have a garden but only a terrace or balcony (like me!), a very special time ...
The Big Five

The Big Five

For Alliums the most frequent question we get is “Which Alliums do you recommend?” and I often say “I love the ones with a big smile, all of them!”