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Let’s start a new series on discovery! Nothing epic, like ‘finding a new species of orchid in the Amazon rainforest’, but little discoveries in our own backyard, so to speak. Starting with this one: a garden I drove by many times and never visited. It’s not even that little, but you can’t really see it from the road: a hidden gem.

Oh and did I mention we’ll be moving house soon? Okay, more on that next month. Anyway, the reason I brought it up is because this garden is not far from our new home: lucky, right? (me, trying to focus)

 

This lush private Mediterranean garden didn’t even exist 20 years ago. Before that, there was nothing. A barren field has been lovingly transformed into what we see here today. Allright, I’ll stop talking now and show you the (iPhone) photos I took. And remember, we’re in the Netherlands. I mean, really:

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Palm trees. And huge ones, at that.

 

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Can you believe this fruiting(!) banana?

 

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Little pathways and bamboo everywhere.

 

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Little details to enjoy all over the place. We went through the garden twice, in reverse too and we discovered new things every time.

 

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Love this crazy tree.

 

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And of course I can never resist a greenhouse…

 

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Ruins of the village church in this private garden.

 

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Stone frog at the foot of the old church. Every garden needs at least one frog, I think.

 

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Lush green foliage everywhere.

 

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And let’s not forget the many mosaics by MissMoza.

 

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This bench was crazy! So cool.

 

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More mosaics against the walls, this one even had real coins in it.

 

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Hello, weird tiger and skull print fishy :)

 

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Mosaics and the Mediterranean theme continued indoors. There are parties held here in summer, which are open to the public.

 

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A cork tree, growing happily in this wonderful microclimate.

 

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Follies galore here, such as this small faux house.

 

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Lots of owl images everywhere, referring to the owner’s name.

 

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Follies to view, touch and even climb.

 

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A little view from the top.

 

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Details like this get me every time. This place is so eclectic and fun.

 

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Just lovely…

Of course I had to get the touristy ‘greetings from Buttinge’ postcard. You’ll appreciate the humour when I tell you that the tiny ‘village’ of Buttinge only consists of one street with a few houses (allright, and there’s the gas station).

Want to visit this garden too? Find more information on their website (in Dutch): middellandsezeetuin.nl

 

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