Great weather in Brussels this weekend! We are glad that the summer is finally here.
We went to visit some friends in Sint-Pieters-Leeuw, a small town close to Brussels, in Flanders. We met Charly Vanderhulst, who neighbours our friends. We heard about his passion, gardening, and this was a right moment to visit his place.
A former mechanic and a former cycling champion, Charly fell in love with the plants. He then dedicated his life to gardening.
His garden is breathtaking. With a perfect proportion of the shapes and compositions, the garden mirrors the plants of the season. In spring one can see tulips along with daffodils and hyacinths. In July we admired famous rose breeds, various fuchsias, a mixture of petunias and many others.
There is a fountain in the middle of the garden. The fountain is one single piece of blue stone. A small pond houses an impressive collection of exotic fish. And right in the middle of the pond there are water lilies.
Charly knows by heart all the Latin names of the plants. He was delighted to share their particularities: which ones needs more water, which soils they need to grow better and many other details.
We learned a lot from him. This visit brought me back in time when gardening in my home village.