American Pokeweed that came blowing in a few years ago, is sprouting again
The beautiful oval, papery seed pods of the Saint Jude's medal contrast with the straight windows of the houses in the apartment building in the distance
Dutchman pipe blooms in the pergola. The flower is reminiscent of the antique Dutch pipe
For 35 years I have been maintaining a garden on the WG site in Oud West Amsterdam. It started in 1985 after I moved into my studio there. I looked out on the remains of the foundations of the demolished barracks of the former hospital Wilhelmina Gasthuis. The white sand blew through the cracks and open windows. One day I made a plan with my lover for the construction of the garden. My biggest wish was a pond with a water lily. It came and is still there. To create the garden I ordered a few cubic meters of garden soil and moved it from the street to the garden with a wheelbarrow. We collected plants from gardens of friends and family and sowed grass. It became a small paradise that we, the neighbors and passers-by still enjoy. Every day when I work in the garden, people stop for a chat and express their admiration. A work of art that I enjoy working on every day.