The new section may be useful but is something we can currently only dream of.
Slate roofing, in the American context, is a very traditional type of roofing. Found extensively in East Coastal and Southern towns of the country, slate roofs provide the house with a certain vintage look that many homeowners seem to savor for the sake of nostalgia. However, nostalgia is not the only reason why slates are still the in-thing when it comes to roofing. There are many other associated advantages, as well.
Slates are found in many countries, most notably Japan, Brazil, China, Australia and the United States. In the United States, slates are predominantly found in Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, parts of Pennsylvania, Georgia and North & South Carolina. In Canada, Newfoundland is a prominent slate producing state.
In Europe the picture is very different. Whereas in many countries Slate roofing is well known, in the Netherlands it is almost non existing. Simply because we do not have rocks. Well, close to. Slates have to be imported.
Thanks to Richard Reagin, Research Coordinator with the National Construction Industry Council (NCIC), U.S.A.
In September 2015 we started to execute this plan in the left side garden compartment. Later in September we continued in the main garden compartment, with the Acer palmatum "Bloodgood" and the Acer platanoides "Royal Red". This was a quick win in that it was far more easier to remove the trees then to prune them.
The Acer pseudoplatanus "Brilliantissimuni" ( the orange-yellow one in between on this photo) was removed some years ago because of its leafs color that was too dominant.
Note that this was a photo of some years ago. As you can see the trees where over 6 meter (20 feet) high.
This photo shows the coloring in October 2009. It shows also the size of the crown after six year and that was the main reason to eliminate these trees. We will miss the bird activities like the woodpeckers. I will discuss this in a separate Blog-message.
So far we have determinant three different woodpecker species. As you can see, in summer and in winter.
Below a photo of Midoritsumi or ‘green picking’, in 2012.
We now have some very nice beautiful, mature trees in our Zen-garden, both evergreens as well as deciduous. However, there is a pragmatical problem. The problem is my health and condition as the result described in my post: A forced recess: Infective or bacterial Endocarditis. Now, about one and a half year later, the conclusion is that we will not be able to maintain the garden as it is today. Not only do I still need a hart-valve, also the brain-damage has some nasty effects. My vision and balance are not what it used to be and also my reaction speed is less.
Of course I can contract a horticulturist. Not only will there be very few around with the required skills, it will also be very expensive, in particular related to the higher trees. This is reason that we desired a plan to be able to keep the Zen-garden. It is the beginning of this what that we describe here. I hope to be able to report you of the progress on this blog. Part of this is experimental, in that we take a substantial risk with the outcome. In the worst case a tree will eventually need to removed of the outcome is not acceptable. How sad, but some trees will be removed by definition.
Also you have to be forgiving with regard to my writing because the cerebral infarction and/or brain haemorrhage left me with a substantial hole in my brain in the area responsible for speech, reading, write and speech-recognition.
This is the plants plan that shows the trees and shrub that will be removed or drastically be shortens, pruned or clipped. In principle trees will be shortened to 150 cm to maximum 175 cm ( i.e. 5 to 6 feet,) so that I will be able to maintain them with my both feed on the solid ground.
As you can see, the Buxus hedges are not eliminated as such, only minimized. If this means that, in one or two years, they still look good, or good again, that is just great. If this means that they require yet too maintenance, the hedges will removed then.
This is the status on October 2015. I will report you of the progress, both, on the measurements to reduce maintenance as on how it
In "Zen means real attention" "Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add but when there is nothing left to take away". Tsubo-en The Movie. A Japanese Zen Buddhist dry landscape meditation garden.
The trigger "How to deal with Ginshanada soil settlement" was house painting during May/June 2015.
During this period I also toke care of the whole of the gravel area and the surrounding borders.
It is here where I found some truffles.
This (false) truffles is a genus of fungi of the type Hymenogaster olivaceus Vittad. (Olijfbruine zijdetruffel). The genus has a widespread distribution in our region and contains about 100 species. The taxonomy of the European species was revised in 2011, and twelve species were recognized, for which an identification key was presented.
This photo shows the new solution,... for now. In the last 18 years the surface in our garden settled about 25 centimeter (10 inch), total. Halve way, as we know now, we invented different solutions for particular area's and problems. Unfortunately you do not know on forehand how low it goes and whit what [...]
In my previous post,' Recovery of our solitary Wisteria-sinensis', I wrote about the blooming of the Wisteria-sinensis. Now, after almost three months, we have a second, relative abundant blooming, and this time with the leafs developed. Although blooming is seen during the whole summer, we have never seen so many flowers at the same [...]
This frost-damage was particularly sad with regard to our garden pride, the solitary Wisteria-sinensis (see: Resurrection of our Wisteria sinensis). In 2015 we had a very late spring. Temperatures have not been very low, with average rainfall and average sunshine. Although the shape of the Wisteria sinensis is no longer solitary as it [...]
Due to my health status during 2014 (see: A forced recess: Infective or bacterial Endocarditis) for the first time ever, my wife (on here own initiative) had done Midoritsumi, the ‘green picking’ of our Pinus- densiflora. This must have been a hell of a job, because it was done with a [...]
A popular custom is to buy a blank booklet at the beginning of the pilgrimage and have a calligraphy named 'Ofuda', painted in it, at each of the temples (1). It is believed that one after one's death, when one can show this booklet to the deity at the gate of heaven, one obtains permission to [...]
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