This fern next to the front garden chozubachi is a
Asplenum trichomanes, Maidenhair
Spleenwort (Dutch: Steenbreekvaren).
It is a very easy and satisfying fern.
It is evergreen and needs no looking after worth mentioning other then keeping out the groundcover.
In the main garden we have this beautiful fern
growing in a corner of the veranda.
This Dryopteris atrata has a half-shadow spot in that it stands North of and close to the house.
It grows just left our child Buddha (see Bamboo below) and serves as foreground for viewing the garden from the veranda.
|Placed close to the main garden Tsukubai, we have an other Asplenum trichomanes, Maidenhair Spleenwort (top-left) and the only Asplenium scolopendrium, Hart's-tongue Fern (Dutch: Tongvaren) (foreground).|
In Tsubo-en we have few species of bamboo. These can be found in the main garden and in the water front compartment.
Behind the Dryopteris fern and the child
Buddha, or better Jizo bodhisattva, we have a
"Bamboo bush" of
Sasaella masamuneana. This is a large-leaved, low growing bamboo that we keep in the shape of a small bush.
In the bottom-left the Dryopteris atrata fern.
The bamboo Pleioblastus
pygmaeus is part of the main garden
Tsukubai and stands next
to/behind the chozubachi.
It is a small-leaved, low growing bamboo that shows well as part of the tsukubai composition.
In front and to the right the two above mentioned ferns.
Although the bamboo used at the water front
looks great its use is very much driven by
We did not like the reed (cane) that was growing there and is uncontrollable.
Photo taken looking down from the wall behind the house.
On the horizontal area behind the house we planted both the bamboo specimen we had in the upper garden already.
Reason for planting both the species is that if one dies (following the natural cycle) we still have the other to protect our waterside bank.
Unfortunately we have had little success and luck
with our hedgerows or Ikegaki (lit, ike=live, kaki=fence).
We have one on the left and one
on the right of or lot and both need/needed to be
Photo taken from the backside of the main tsukiyama. This shows the utilitarian pathway that runs behind the main Tsukiyama.
Unfortunately the hedgerow (on the left) of Taxus baccata that forms the backdrop of the main garden tsukiyama does not perform well.
This has our continued attention as we are looking for a solution that will be acceptable for all parties involved. This needs to be done in close corporation with the neighbours.
To the right on this photo, the hedgerow in
the left side compartment.
Some fifty percent of the original Ilex (Dutch: Hulst), planted some eight years ago have died in 2007/2008.
The hedgerow was replaced in July 2008, by some hundred Thuja occidentalis "Braband".
This new hedgerow of Thuja occidentalis will be clipped to form a straight wall-like hedge.
"White Knight" (Dutch: Hoge bardiris).
Abundantly growing on the waterside bank.
We also have a Hosta Sieboldiana. It is a potted version that stands on the waterside bank. Photo to follow.
Not at all native to the Japanese garden as
such we have a vine growing to screen-off our
small out-door tool-shed.
Vitis "vroege van der Laan". Every autumn the grapes are a nice treat for blackbirds and starlings.
Here we document what went wrong with regard to the shrubs that we used or wanted to use.