Magical Winter Moments 2012 with flowers and Art, Bruges


Magical Winter Moments 2012


Are you looking for a cosy winter outing? Need inspiration for the holidays? Then why not go to Bruges for Magical Winter Moments. Indulge in the lovely festive sceneries, find inspiration for a cosy festive table and be tempted by the nicest decorative gadgets. This year’s theme will be the Baroque, with Viennese cake, music by Bach, Vivaldi and Mozart…
And many arrangements based on this period.
Magical Winter Moments is an internationally renowned event offering a joyful and warm festive atmosphere with a focus on flowers and floristry.
Pure indulgence




Magical Winter Moments is an annual event organized in the beautiful scenery of a medieval hospital along the idyllic canals in the very centre of Bruges. The combination of an exceptional location, the beautiful flower decorations and the cosy atmosphere ensure this winter outing will be an unforgettable experience! A small selection of what’s on offer:




Floral designers often create a great atmosphere! Frederiek Van Pamel, a talented floral artist from Bruges often asked to decorate prestigious festive projects, will this year present a green scenery with Abies nobilis, the most beautiful Christmas green. This decoration really creates a festive mood.




The new fleur@home team – Annick Mertens, Charlotte Bartholomé, Stijn Simaeys and Tom De Houwer – will present a room full of the greatest ideas to turn your living room into a festive space. Come and discover this new fleur@home team! In the future, they will often surprise you with their step-by-step arrangements.



The perfectly set tables with original materials and beautiful flowers will undoubtedly fire the visitors’ enthusiasm. They will be developed in cooperation with chefs from Bruges. Their festive menu will be served at the nicely decorated tables. Different chefs will also create different themes and styles, which will be matched perfectly by our florists' arrangements!




There is always some young talent to discover at 'Magical Winter Moments'. The students of the CVO Panta Rhei Melle, the gardening school in Kortrijk, Syntra Ghent, IFAPME La Reid and young florist graduates will present their take on festive decoration.
Damien Overputte and Sören Van Laer will display a special festive room with frozen-dried flowers and other special arrangements




The Azalea is the flagship of Belgian floriculture, and we are really proud of that. There are so many beautiful varieties and such a diversity of colours. In addition, the Azalea does very well as an indoor plant and can be enjoyed for weeks. No fewer than 20 master florists will propose their Azalea winter arrangements. You will be able to discover the most beautiful Azalea decorations by artists such as Ann Desmet in cooperation with Anja Meeusen of PTZE Porselein, Dave Van Reeth and Leen Roelens. And if you want to learn more, you can attend the floral design demonstrations, which often feature our Belgian pride. 




Ars Florum, the European Association of Floral Art Teachers, will surprise us with their view on winter and Christmas decoration. Their focus will be on Italian Baroque.





Eventually, you can stroll past the atmospheric stalls offering Christmas gadgets and home decoration. There’s something for all budgets and tastes! So go shopping!




During one of the many demonstrations, you can learn the basic techniques for creating table pieces, bouquets, garlands, Christmas baubles, pendants and wreaths. In addition, some fun workshops will be organized! In these ‘workshops’, you will be given the opportunity to create your own festive decoration in a cosy atmosphere and under the guidance of well-known floral designers. The workshops require pre-registration. The demonstrations are organized continuously and are freely accessible.

For the complete programme, please visit www.happenings.be.

Practical information

From Friday 23 November to and including Sunday 2 December 2012. Every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Site Oud Sint-Jan

Zonnekemeers – centre of Bruges

Parking at the railway station, within walking distance


B-day trips from any Belgian railway station


Admission 12 Euros

Advance booking 11 Euros

Children up to the age of 14 admitted free of charge


Catering facilities


Info: www.happenings.be

Tel. +32 14 28 60 80






Happy New Year 2012



Celebrate....the tradition of giving, the beauty of the season and a new year of peace and happiness.

Happy NEW YEAR 2012 !

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Beyond Imagination and Magical Winter Moments

November 2011

In Old Sint-Jan Hospital (Bruges, Belgium)


Bruges is the venue for the established floral event called Magical Winter Moments and this year there is also the introduction of a brand new associated event called Beyond Imagination.

Magical Winter Moments shows the best of festive floral displays with stands, table arrangements, party decorations and beautifully presented Christmas trees.

This is venue where world famous florists such as Stef Adriaenssens, Geert Pattyn, Jan De Ridder, Ivan Poelman, Moniek Vanden Berghe, Kristof Dewaele, Nadine Van Acker, Stijn Cuvelier, Ons Atelier display a collection of exceptional seasonally inspired creations.

There are ongoing demonstrations that will  both captivate and educate.


Euphorbia myrsinites , creeping Spurge (pictures)

Euphorbia myrsinites


Euphorbia myrsinites, creeping Spurge (pictures)


Exposure : full sun , soil : well-drained light soil.  It is a succulent species of spurge with trailing stems bearing lime-yellow flowers in spring. At all times his blue-grey leaves make it a decorative perennial.  Like all euphorbias the milky sap can cause significant skin and eye irritations.







cephalaria gigantea,


Cephalaria gigantea giant scabious


Exposure: full sun, part shade

Height 2 m, spread  : 60 cm

Bloom time : June, July, September

Soil type: well drained light

Yellow prime rose” with scabious-like flowers supported on tall growing stems which appear at the beginning of summer.  Cephalaria has to be planted at the back of a herbaceous mixed border among large shrubs.  Cephalaria is self supporting when it  is located in a well sheltered place.

Propogation methods : sowing or dividing in spring

Cephalaria is a good cut flower and attracts bees



The fairy-like willow track

Our region which is situated at about 13 miles from Brussels is well-known for its hundreds of pollard willows along a quiet pedestrian track.

In winter time you may expect all kinds of unexpected and disagreable effects of snow, frost and icy rain. But only very special weather conditions can create these fairy tale-like landscapes. 






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More pictures on the other blogs click here and here

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Hemerocallis "Artic Snow"


Artic Snow :

Near white with contrasting black pollen sacs and green throat. A slight gold edge. A good performer with nice branching and excellent flower form.  Extended blooming



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Flower arrangement event in Alden Biesen

 Every year in Autumn the Fleur Creative Team organizes a flower arrangement event in the magnificent Commandery of Bilzen, Alden Biesen, Limburg Belgium.

I went on Friday because that day is the day of the decorated hat : ladies and gentlemen who on that day visit the happening decorated with a vegetable hat will have a chance of winning a wellness weekend.

The topic of the 2008 edition was “East meets West”.

With guest florists from Asia and Europe this event is a must and a source of inspiration for lovers of flowers and for every florist.

 Discover and enjoy

 Hat's day
Don't they look lovely 
Lovely flower decorations
 A master piece of Daniel Ost  
The commandery of Alden Biesen
(more pictures on the Dutch blog)

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Some pictures of the garden in June


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Some of our perenials blooming at the end of May

Hydrangea anomala "petiolaris" and allium christophii  
Crambé cordifolia and geranium endressi

 Persicaria polymorpha and achillea millefolium 
Dianthus and nigella  damascena (Love-in-a-mist) 
Phlomis russeliana and sisyrinchium 

Paeonia (white) and hostas  
Centranthus ruber and phlomis fruticosa 

Many more pictures of the garden and roses on the Dutch and French sites.

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What is blooming in our garden at the end of April

 Lunaria annua catches the eye at our first pond
A lot of euphorbias are blooming at this moment : euphorbia characias Wulfenii "Lambrook Gold", euphorbia cyparissias and euphorbia polychroma 
 Drifts of blue and white hyacinths , helleborus argustifolius and euphorbia amygdaloides

Close-up white hyacinth


This rhododendron "Elizabeth" is massed each spring with beautiful rich red trumpet flowers .  These flowers will delight the eye for weeks on end. All rhododendrons are best suited to acidic soil and they prefer partial shade.


 Darmera peltata (umbrella plant).  Its pink sprays of flowers are followed by large round leaves, colouring well in autumn


Snow on Easter Monday

In our region (center of Belgium) snow at this time of the season is rather unusual  (1982).  But spring is in the air.  It won't take that long before shrubs an perennials unburden themselves from their melting weight.
 In the morning it is still snowing
The small orchard and the vegetable garden covered with snow 
Helleborus orientalis and helleborus Nigercors Pink



 The euphorbia myrinites and the tiny yellow tulips in the jar are a good combination even without snow
 The opening flowers and the magnificent fresh yellow leaves of Sambucus plumosa "aurea" covered with snow
 (A lot of pictures on the other sites)



Easter flower decoration in the garden
Decoration of the front door
Easter garden decoration
(Have a look on the other Easter garden decorations on the other sites)


What is blooming at this moment ? (1.03.2008)

crocus "remembrance"
Nice colour combination of euonymus fortunei "gaiety " and crocus vernus "remembrance" 
Helleborus orientalis
 Helleborus Nigercors "Pink" 
Mahonia    “Charity”
It is a beautiful impressive winter-flowering shrub.
Evergreen with spiky, dark leaves and lily-of-the-valley scented yellow flowers which appear late winter.
The wonderfully scented flowers in late winter, early spring, are an added bonus for this distinguished evergreen shrub. Mahonia is relatively slow-growing. Once planted, it  needs no further care, apart from the occasional removal of dead wood.  Mahonia is in flower for a considerable time. Prefers moist soil.


Cornus mas

Cornus mas covered with snow  
Cornus Mas, Cornelian Cherry, gele  kornoelje, cornouiller mâle, ou sauvage (pictures)
It is a large winter-flowering  shrub with tinny bright yellow flowers, which make a real impact this time of the year when colour is very scare.
The flowers are produced in profusion along the tree’s bare branches. 
Pruning can keep him relatively compact.  .
In autumn they produce red cherry-like fruits which are edible                                 


Iris Pseudacorus”Bastardi”, Yellow Flag

At the beginning of April  
At the end of April
Flowering at the end of May


 As you can notice the leaves became light green

Iris Pseudacorus”Bastardi”, Yellow Flag,  Iris des marais “Variegata”, gele lis The variegated form of the wild yellow flag which produces golden flowers in early summer..  It is less invasive than the self-seeding plain green form.  The leaves become green in summer.I often use the leaves for my flower decorations (weaving).  It will grow in the margins of a pool or in a moist or wet soil.  Propagation : an old overgrown clump will benefit of being lifted and divided and in that way you increase your plants.  


Meconopsis cambrica,

Meconopsis  cambrica, Welsh Poppy, schijnpapaver, pivot jaune (pictures)
Invasively self-sowing but delicately pretty yellow or orange summer-flowering Welsh Poppy. It is an easy to grow and reliable perennial .  They both exist :  single and double forms.  The double forms can only be propagated by division.
Position : sun or partial shade  Height 30 cm.  Blooming from mid-spring to mid-autumn   
Beautiful combination with crocosmia masoniorum


Nigella Hispanica "African Bride" (pictures)

Nigella Hispanica "African Bride", Spanish Love-in-a-Mist, Spanish flower (pictures)

Nigella Hispanica “African Bride” requires a sunny place and is blooming in July/September. It is an easy to grow annual border filler with very attractive snowy white flowers with a very deep black centre It has very dark almost black seed boxes and is  long lasting in bouquets. 




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Hamamelis x Intermedia "Pallida" (pictures)



Hamamelis x intermedia “Pallida”, Chinese Witch Hazel, Toverhazelaar,  (pictures)
It is one of the loveliest winter-flowering shrubs, with spreading branches, which is always welcome during the long dark days, moreover it is a centrepiece to the winter borders.
Chinese witch-hazels are slow growing and it will take many years to become as big as our one.  Our hamamelis on the pictures is 40 years young.  Its spidery flowers are light yellow, with a dark red/brown centre.  Later in the year when the flowers have disappeared and the leaves fully developed he may be used as a host plant for a climber such as a clematis.    Hamamelis “Pallida” smells deliciously and has a very outstanding autumn colour. Hamamelis doesn’t need pruning.



May the quiet beauty of this lovely season and the peace of Christmas softly enter into your world and stay in your heart forever.



Herman and Lieve

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Verbasum bombyciferum (pictures)

Verbascum bombyciferum (pictures)

Height 1.75/2.00 m.  Bloom June/ August. Biennals. Eye-catching plant.  Its leaves are of pale grey foliage coming out of an enormous rosette surrounded by tall flower spikes, which when fully open are like a series of giant candles (second year).  The flowers are yellow .  It requires natural dry soil and full sun

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Horn made of willow branches

This horn made of willow branches (home made) is decorated with the elegant bending branches of Thuya occidentalis elegantissima. Eventually you can put some small yellow Christmas baubles or Christmas decorations between the branches.


Christmas decorations

Christmas decorations at the front door

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Angelica Archangelica (pictures)

Angelica archangelica (picture) Angélique, grote engelwortel

H. 1.40/2 m. Flowering June/July. It is a well-known ornamental herb.  It is a biennial plant that should be positioned in a sunny spot.  Angelica is very decorative in leaf and creamy flowers.  The stems can be crystallized and used in cakes.  As for all self-sowers the seed heads should be removed. It likes humus and wet soil in Summer.



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Crinum x powelli

Crinum  x powelli, haaklelie, la crinole (picture)

 H. 1.20  Flowering season : 7/9. Plant in Spring.  Crinum needs full sun and well-drained, though not dry, humus soil. They develop best if you leave them undisturbed for many years. Long strap-shaped leaves (1m).  Out of the middle of the loaf rosette comes a tall stem with several lily-alike flowers over a period of weeks. A magnificent bulbous plant that mostly is cultivated in pots.  In our garden the crinums grow in the borders and are protected in winter with leaves.  They appreciate a big gift of compost before flowering.  Plant the bulbs so that the tips are only lightly covered.  They also exist in white.

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Flower decoration made of autumn flowers, leaves, fruits and seedboxes

  • leaves and flowers of yucca;
  • leaves of the oak- and plane-tree;
  • yellow roses (rosa Graham Thomas);
  • equisetum
  • medlars;
  • fruit of chaenomeles superba  (Similar autumn flower decorations on the Dutch blog)


Our cottage garden (Belgium)


Our garden situated in the picturesque "Pajottenland", the beautiful region of Breughel, is a romantic garden, of which the most recent parts are divided in garden rooms or outdoor rooms. The hedges in different varieties are key elements in the design of our outdoor rooms. The borders are hedged with santolina (cotton lavender), box (buxus sempervirens, lonicera nitida "Lemon", lavendula etc.

In the very beginning we had a few small borders, much lawn and a big fruit- and vegetable garden.  Ten years ago we started to enlarge the borders, taking account of the structure, shape of the foliage, soil, and colour. And the lawn gradually went and many borders took its place.

Let us have a closer look at the garden

The front garden with the pink, pastel purple border is dominated by the governess (lady made in twigs of the silver birch). This garden is filled with phloxes, roses, lavatera Barnsley,Lavatera olbia “rosea” , herbs, echinacea purpurea ”alba”, santolina (cotton lavender) several species of geraniums, schizostylis coccinea “Sunrise”, linaria “Canon J.Went etc...
At the front door, a small table is always decorated with flower arrangements, candles, and garden decorations changing as the season wears on.
The walls in French stone are decorated in any one season with home-made hanging baskets (twigs of the silver birch and osier).
A newly designed border leads us to the back garden.  A hedge of physocarpus opulifolius  “Diabolo” provides the frame of this recent mixed border (paeonies, hydrangea “Anna Bella” and hydrangea macrophilla, several species of Austin- and other roses, senecio “Sunshine”, sisyrinchium striatum , echinacea purpurea, spirea “Goldflame”, penstemon “Hidcote Pink”, hemerocallis “Black Magic” cynara scolymus and a generous drift of pink Japanese anemones “Anemone x hybrida”, anaphalis margaritacea .....Take a few steps down the lawn: here the lilac border with shrubs and perennials of deep purple foliage and soft pink unfolds its velvet soft colours.
In this border the emphasis is clearly on a lot of geraniums, sedum, phlox paniculata, veronicastrum virginicum, leycesteria formosa and a great deal of Austin roses....Surrounded by a luxuriant vegetation you find on the left a pond with a brooklet.  Hostas, hydrangeas and astilbe chinensis “Pumila” as ground cover, thrive on the northern side of the house.  Through the hedge shadowed by a pergola, clothed with rosa “New Dawn”, clematis montana and clematis texensis Princess of Wales and gravety beauty we enter into another garden room
On the right we have the yellow blue border with the bubble stones.  In the nearness of the two little ponds surrounded by hillocks covered with perennials, low shrubs and pennisetum , sedum ...the heron made of twigs of the silver birch is on duty (at the ponds). When we walk under the pergola (6 meters) grown with all sorts of climbing roses, clematis, lonicera, hedera, we see on the left the purple-lilac autumn border. On the right we have the flower and garden decoration gallery.
In the purple-yellow border (10 meters) separated from the autumn border by a tightly clipped yew hedge, we have a mixture of lavender, alchemilla mollis (lady’s mantle), roses, phlomis russeliana and fruticosa (Jerusalem Sage), euphorbia Characias ssp. Wulfenii , several viburnums (blooming in Winter), laburnum, sambucus plumosa aurea, catalpa aurea, euonymus alatus (known for its spectacular end-of-season foliage) thalictrum flavum glaucum, ruta graeveolens “Jackman’s blue” herbs,......In front of this border we have the magnificent astilbe and helleborus walk.
The next garden room in pastel colours invites us, especially in the evening, to inhale the perfume of the lonicera Belgica and to enjoy, sitting on the bench, the cosy atmosphere of the flower arrangements and candles on the garden table.
Through an arch of beech we enter into the last big garden room with the greenhouse.
On the left we have the yellow border (a lot of all sorts of euphorbia, phlomis russeliana, asphodeline lutea, sisyirinchium striatum, libertia formosa, thalictrum flavum glaucum, Austin rose Graham Thomas  ..... hedged by santolina.  Take a rest on the terrace and enjoy on the right the red-rose border (the rose and white lavender and malva moschata  the aromatic Austin roses, penstemon “Hidcote Pink, lavatera Barnsley , -rosea and -“Candy Flox” , leycesteria formosa, physocarpus opulifolius “Diabolo”, verbena hastata, sanguisorba obtua and –canadensis.... and on the left the yellow-orange border with several kinds of orange roses, meconopsis cambrica, macleaya cordata "Coral Plume"....
and on the right thalictrum flavum ssp glaucum, centaurea macrocephala, a lot of euphorbia ...In the greenhouse we cultivate  tomatoes during summer and in early spring this is the perfect place for our annuals and seedlings. In front of the greenhouse you enter through an arch covered with 10 species of yellow climbing roses (10 meter) into the secret garden.
Through the arch we enter into the vegetable garden, we grow organically all sorts of vegetables, potatoes and herbs. On your right hand I started a few months ago with a white border and on your left hand you have a border of hemerocallis. A 25m long axis with lavendula on both sides provides the illusion of a deeper sense of space, the lavender a subtle touch of the South of France.  Two rows of physocarpus opulifolius “Diabolo” protect the vegetables against cold winds.
This is the territory of the master of the house.  As fanatics of organic gardening we consider that we have a big responsibility with regard to the environment, animals, birds and insects.  Under the roses which clothe the timber supports of the pergola, we enter into a small orchard with approximately 15 half-fruit trees. At the bottom of the garden, in the shadow of big trees we keep a dozen of compost heaps.
In 2005 we laid out a new border  (18m  by 6m  with especially annuals with beautiful  capsules for flower decorations and new species of perennials
Since, as a newly retired couple, we have more spare time, our slumbering interest for nature and gardening  has become a daily occupation.
Moreover our passion enables us to support financially the homeless in our country and the street children of Pereira (Columbia)

“There must be a single note that inspires a musician to write a piece of music, perhaps it is the singing of a bird, the sound of running water, the wind in the trees.  Similarly, for each of us who make a garden, there must be that first seed that is planted “

(Ryan Gainey)

Open Garden days 2008

It is the 8th year we open our garden for the public.  Last year we welcomed 831 adults and 90 children and this in spite of the bad weather  

Family Baeyens-Pots (Lievesgarden)
Bosstraat, 68B
1742 Ternat (Sint -Katherina-Lombeek) Brabant, Belgium 20 km away from Brussels
Website : http://lievesgarden.en.skynetblogs.be

Dates of opening 2008

Sunday     June 15   13-19 h

Saterday   June 28   10-18 h.

Sunday     June 29   10-18 h

Sunday     July 27   13-19 h

Groups (at least) 20 persons in June, July or August after appointment)
Entrance 3 E (guided visit, coffee, tea with biscuits, juice included)  All the fees are entirely for the above mentioned charity

Income  at the opening days : 1.5 E 

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