There is always something happening at Wester-Amstel. Whether its birds flying back for the summer, or roses blooming in our formal garden.
So why not look below and see what catches your eye? We have something for everyone - the plant enthusiast, the bird lover, the history nut, even the romantic poet.
Gardening - What's blooming?
The gardening season starts here! The first plants start popping up in January and they don't stop going until June! Several bulb plants pop up, like bear leek (allium ursinum) that is great in soups and salads. It exudes a fresh smell of garlic around March.
The herb garden produces rosemary, oregano, basil, and even herbs like Borago Officinalis (popular for its soothing qualities and highlighting salads). Our herbs tend to start taking off in May.
We keep seeding and changing the flowers we grow, because something needs to be blooming at all times for the pollinators.
From the middle of June you can enjoy the scent of roses in our classical garden, located next to the house. We're currently raising funds to buy a new bench for our formal garden.
Every year we plant the beds with different vegetables to avoid diseases and general weakening. This year we have white cabbage, which helps with hangovers! Our volunteers are already hard at work tending to the vegetable garden.
Birds - who's flying by?
Early in the year, Wester-Amstel is the perfect place to watch birds bickering over ideal nesting places. Not only does an owl call our estate its home, but we even have a family of hawks.
From the fields around the park, several species of birds, like geese and storks, take off to go or come back from their southern destinations.