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Stolzembourg plant fair 2010

This weekend, with the sun still shining albeit on an occasional basis now as we head into Autumn, we drove up to the north east of Luxembourg to a tiny village called Stolzembourg situated next to the river which forms a natural boundary between Luxembourg and Germany.  The village has a museum of copper mining and it is possible to visit the old copper mines which date back to the 1850’s as well as follow a geology-themed footpath on the wooded hillside.

The bell tower in the village dates back to before 1585. There has been a castle here since the fifteenth century although the existing castle only dates back to 1898 when the original castle was rebuilt as a Scottish castle. It is now privately owned and makes a delightful exhibition space for paintings and floral creations. For the last ten years this village has hosted a plant fair providing an opportunity to purchase less common plants, pick up a floral arrangement or two or a piece of garden sculpture and sample some culinary delights.Entrance “tickets” to the fair were packets of wild flower seeds.
Stolzembourg

The castle
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This is one of several tables of antiques for sale

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bird garden ornaments

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Echinaceas in a variety of colours
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These beautiful primulas go by the common name of orchid primroses
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irises
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the allium bulb stall
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reproductions of vintage images for sale
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painting of the Madonna and child
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floral arrangements
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a piece of garden sculpture
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the musical organ grinder
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the cured meat stall, selling a variety of hams and sausages
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view from the castle across the valley
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