Garden update

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Garden update


Good morning my dear readers! How are you today?

This is my first day of the new working week as we enjoyed a long weekend here in Belgium! Unfortunately the weekend started with some bad weather, it was rather chilly and it rained a lot! We had planned to work in our garden for a few days and although the weather wasn’t excellent, Jan and Anthony started planting boxwood.

17Boxwood plants arrived last week.

15Jan and Anthony first planted boxwood hedges in order to become 4 compartments in which the boxwood balls had to be planted.


20 Boxwood hedges.

Unfortunately they had to wait to plant the boxwood, because the ground was too wet! It had rained too much the earlier days.

So Jan decided to finish some other jobs he had planned to do this weekend.

19 He planted small apple trees in the planters at our outbuilding.


16 Jan made the planters of oak wood that was left of the boarded oak used to build our garden outbuilding 3 years ago.

18 The apple tree in blossom. Isn’t it lovely?

We are all looking forward to summertime here in Belgium! We really need sunshine! It is still too cold for the time of the year!

I hope we will soon be able to enjoy our outbuilding!

Here are 2 pictures of our outbuilding, taken last year.


Notice our planters without the apple trees.


Talk to you soon!



By |2019-02-09T12:43:59+00:00May 2nd, 2012|Categories: Belgian Pearls|Tags: , , |36 Comments


  1. Castles Crowns and Cottages Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 11:05 AM - Reply

    Oh dearest Greet,

    You should see my boxwood gardens. I have three of them! And they are so lush. You will enjoy them for every year, they just get more beautiful. LOVE!!! Anita

  2. Mark in Cincinnati Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 11:06 AM - Reply

    Thank you for the photos. The garden will be beautiful! You are lucky to be able to grow boxwoods it's a bit too cool here. I also love the wood planters – did Jan build them too? How fortunate to have a beautiful outbuilding. Thank you again,

  3. Mrs. Sutton Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 11:18 AM - Reply

    Absolutely stunning – but your garden and outbuildings are by far my favourite! I ADORE your planters – I've been searching for some inspiration for planters to put on my terrace, and yours are perfect. Paula x
    p.s. My garden in England is surrounded by boxwood hedges too – I LOVE them.

  4. Acquired Objects Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 11:35 AM - Reply

    Greet your garden is going to be fabulous. I have boxwood waiting to go into the ground too but it's to wet and cold here this week as well but I'm looking forward to it. Jan did a wonderful job on your planters and the apple trees look great in them. I can't wait to see more of your garden this is very inspiring.


  5. Fleaing France & French Shopping Tours Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 11:37 AM - Reply

    The planters are stunning. I adore boxwoods and miss my garden now that we are living in the city….!

  6. 5th and State Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 11:40 AM - Reply

    as a landscape designer i always love when you feature your gardens. and i must say greet i find yours to be one of the most beautiful settings i have laid eyes on. a great garden is stunning all year long and yours certainly fills that aesthetic.
    cannot wait to see the finished results with the boxwood, it is already lovely
    wishing you a wonderful week!

  7. Henhurst Interiors Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 11:50 AM - Reply

    Beautiful photographs, and a beautiful property. Thank you for sharing. I, too, will be planting boxwood when our weather warms up!

  8. Tara Dillard Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 1:09 PM - Reply

    Before you mentioned the apple tree containers were homemade I had already saved the pic to send my Magic Man carpenter.

    All the pics are seductive. Even those taken on the gray days.

    A sure sign of a fabulous landscape.

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

  9. carolyn bradford Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 1:09 PM - Reply

    This was truly beautiful! There is nothing prettier than boxwoods! And I love your apple trees in your planters! It is all going to be so beautiful! I can't imagine it still being cold as it is already in the low 90's here in Alabama! I'm in love with all of the pictures you posted as well! Thanks for sharing and I can't wait to see it all come together!
    Carolyn Bradford

  10. Maison de lin Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 1:47 PM - Reply

    Hello Greet!

    I hope you got a wonderful weekend. In the ardennes we got beautiful springtime wihtout rain 🙂
    Your garden looks perfect and I love the appel three and the containers in oak.

    Thanks for sharring

  11. Lost in Provence Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 2:07 PM - Reply

    Oh how lovely–the boxwood garden is going to be just perfect. And I can imagine how nice it will be to have apples falling off your little tree in a few years time.

    Any chance of having an update on Mango and how your riding is coming along?
    Gros, gros bisous!!

  12. Karena Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 2:28 PM - Reply

    Greet, I adore your planters and the gardens are so lush!!

    To see more Artistic Beauty…….2012 Artist Series featuring Friend, Designer and Paper Artist; Anita ( of Castles Crowns and Cottages)is in on my site! I hope you will visit…

    Art by Karena

  13. Cyndia Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 3:03 PM - Reply

    As usual, your pictures are inspirational! What a heavenly garden you have created, and those planter boxes are amazing! I'm looking forward to seeing the boxwood garden when it's completed.

    I wish I could pass along some of my north Alabama heat to you!

    Like Tara, I've had to save pictures of those boxes in hopes my talented carpenter can make some for me.

  14. camdesign Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 3:08 PM - Reply

    love the planters you have for the trees, nice and simple, do you make them?

  15. Home-World of Interiors Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 3:49 PM - Reply

    Greet, prachtige foto's van jullie tuin! We hebben ook net plannen gemaakt om de tuin een beetje 'zomerklaar' te maken…tenminste als het weer wat meewilt….onze blauwe regen staat prachtig in bloei en ruikt zalig, maar we zien ze enkel vanachter het glas…het regent weeral pijpestelen vandaag De bakken die Jan gemaakt heeft zijn prachtig ! Geniet ervan hé ! tot heel binnenkort,
    groetjes van Peter & mij XXX

  16. Teresa at Splendid Sass Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 4:08 PM - Reply

    Everything you touch turns to gold! Just beautiful, and when it is grown, perfection.
    Happy Wednesday.

  17. Kifus Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 5:09 PM - Reply

    Congrats to your husband for those beautiful planters!

    A lovely post as usual, Greet! Hugs to you my friend!

  18. michele Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 5:36 PM - Reply

    ahhhhhhhh, greet. i will never tire of boxwoods. and your apple tree looks beautiful.

    i may have mentioned you in a little post today!

    smiles and happy wednesday.


  19. Thoughts on Design Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 6:13 PM - Reply

    It is a wet and dreary day here today and your pictures lift my spirits! I can't wait to see more pictures of your garden as you continue to plans and develop it. it will be a work of art!


  20. peggy braswell Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 6:16 PM - Reply

    Greet, congratulations to your husband for the amazing planters + Boxwood is about one of my favorites.

  21. zanetastyle Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 6:18 PM - Reply

    OH so lovely your property is!! I just got only 2 boxwood plants as I had my son with me and could not carry and load truck more…and our yard is not as big…as yours…but I love that plant for a French looking garden and as we moved into this house…we need to start from zero ((: and make it look lovely in Calgary!

    Thanks for the pictures, inspiring …just yeasterday I browesed the net for photos of french/ english gardens to the point where my eyes were tired…to get some ideas… all the best Greet! enjoy your lovely home! ciao Zaneta

  22. Velvet and Linen Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 6:58 PM - Reply

    Jan made those gorgeous planters?
    He never ceases to amaze me.
    You two are such a great team.
    Your garden is looking beautiful!!!

    I hope the sun starts to shine.


  23. LA VIE EN ROSE Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 7:10 PM - Reply

    Hello! Your outbuilding is beautiful – a perfect spot for dining in Summer! I love box plants, your four rectangles look great – I'm curious – what are you going to plant inside the box?


  24. Jenny Schouten Short Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 11:48 PM - Reply

    Lots of fun work on you agenda it appears. Have a good time diggin' in. Someday I'm going to see you in Belgium. You couldn't be more than an hour away from Oostkapelle. xo Jenny

  25. Loi Thai, Tone on Tone Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 1:04 AM - Reply

    Greet – Your gardens are divine!! I love your garden structures: flowers come and go, but the allees and parterres are the bones of your glorious Belgian gardens.

    When I visited France and Belgium in March, it was quite chilly. So sorry for your late spring.

    From my garden to yours,

  26. sallie Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 1:14 AM - Reply

    Dear Greet, Your outbuilding is so beautiful! And your boxwood garden will be wonderful. I think I would like to move "in" to your "out" building!

  27. Marivic Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 12:12 PM - Reply

    Your garden is beautiful. I know it's just your outhouse and garden–but the photos look like it's straight out of a magazine. I would live there in a heartbeat!

  28. Splendid Willow Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 1:56 PM - Reply

    Good morning Greet,

    No need to share other pictures than from your own fantastic garden! The planters are wonderful (a side business for your son? I want to buy some myself!) and I am also a big time boxwood lover.

    All beautiful!

    Love to you.


  29. Fashion Mom Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 4:29 PM - Reply

    die uitbouw met rieten dak is niet te doen! PRACHTIG!

  30. The Snowdrop Project Friday, May 4, 2012 at 6:07 AM - Reply

    Hi Greet,
    So happy to have found your blog via Mrs Sutton.
    Your garden looks wonderful-the summer house too.
    Hopefully it will warm up soon so that the plants can flourish and we can all enjoy our gardens.
    Have a lovely day.

  31. The Paper Mulberry - Glenda Steel Friday, May 4, 2012 at 10:36 AM - Reply

    Oh Greet what a divine garden you have planned!!!!!!!!!! Snipping Buxus hedging and topiary is one of my favourite pastimes – so therapeutic! Can't wait to see the finished design! Warmest of hugs from an equally cold wet English farmhouse – Glenda xxxxxx

  32. La Maison Fou Friday, May 4, 2012 at 1:26 PM - Reply


    Thank you for the boxwood scoop.I was just thinking boxwoods the other day,they are so classic and really get better every year!
    The planter is also wonderful, great job.

    Happy weekend,

  33. Heather@SatisfyingSpaces Friday, May 4, 2012 at 2:54 PM - Reply

    I absolutely LOVE your garden and outbuilding! They are stunning!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  34. Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 2:28 AM - Reply

    We are all so busy that it is crazy…and also good. Love catching up with you. Your gardens and outbuilding have always and still remain a great inspiration to me. XO, Mona

  35. La Pequetita Monday, May 7, 2012 at 7:39 PM - Reply

    Boa tarde!
    Sem querer me deparei com seu blog, através de outro e fiquei impressionada, tudo muito lindo de muito bom gosto e criatividade!
    Linda a casa da família, familia linda, sua irmã, Parabéns!
    Vou estar aí em Bélgica e Holanda, para o festival das flores em Agosto e Setembro!
    Que bom ver coisas lindas em seu blog
    Mais uma vez PARABÉNS!
    Um abraço do Brasil

  36. Muhammad Atif Monday, May 14, 2012 at 4:25 AM - Reply

    Gardening is really a nature loving hobby, we can lot, you have done a wonderful.
    Freshwater Pearls

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