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Miscellaneous tidy up garden activities

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Yesterday was a great day to take advantage of the nice dry and sunny weather. If not the, then perhaps one of the last of this year. A number of tidy up garden activities needed yet to be done and that is what we did. Some examples: Collecting and removing dead and fallen … […]

Maintaining the pathway edges

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The Cotula groundcover would easily overgrow the tobi-ishi step stones. It may take a while before the path has disappeared but far before that point the characteristic beauty will have gone. The first photo shows the path as we like to see it after the edges where just cut. This is an activity without […]

Undesired mosses

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In the chapter on mosses, Mosses and lichen, we have a section named Unwanted mosses and that is where this post is about. The unwanted moss here is Hypnum cupressiforme (Dutch: Gesnaveld klauwtjesmos), and Hygrohypnum luridum (Hygrohypnum Moss, Drab Brook-moss, Dutch Gewoon spatwatermos). These mosses are very strong growers and survivors. When they first […]

Maintaining ‘the five Islands of immortality’ gravel ‘sea’

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After Trimming ‘the five Islands of immortality’ topiary box, the ‘sea’ in which they float needs a tidy-up. Not only do we need to clean it from any leafs and debris left after trimming, we also remove weeds and mosses. Then we need to flatten the gravel area. Sometimes the soil has worked its […]

Trimming ‘the five Islands of immortality’ topiary box

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To the left of the front entrance, beside the drive we used box to represent  Hõrai-jima, ‘symbol of the islands of the Blest’ (Taoist myth) sometimes represented as mountainous islands, houraiseki. Here ‘the five Islands of immortality’. These islands where thought to float in a remote sea, carried on the backs of giant turtles. […]

Wisteria sinensis sprouts need continued attention

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In my post Wisteria sinensis sprouts and runners I also wrote about sprouts. In particular sprouts and shoots need continued attention. Converting green shoots that grow  50 cm (2 feet) each week, into a short woody flower spur requires regular attention in particular during the July-August period. Shoots that grow in places where we […]

Nasty insects in buxus (box)

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Insects can cause a number of pests. Here we address two insect specimen that, this year, caused a different type of harm. Honeybees and ants. During the work described in my post Trimming the topiary O-karikomi (buxus) sculpture  the following strange things occurred. Bees, more specifically honeybees are frequently visiting the boxwood all over the […]

Trimming the topiary O-karikomi (buxus) sculpture

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In my post Tuning the hako-zukuri part of our main o-karikomi box topiary, I showed how the center part of the Main garden karikomi was trimmed. This was done because keeping the hako-zukuri part in the desired shape is much more time-critical than that of the parts. Where sometimes one annual trimming is sufficient […]

Trimming the Juniperus media topiary shrubs

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These two Juniper, Juniperus media “blue” are regarded topiary shrubs, rather then trees, because they are kept so low and form the backdrop for the main garden tsukubai facility. This photo shows the backside, as seen from the waterfront. The plant in front (right) is still untouched whereas the one in the back has […]

Hako-zukuri style Prunus lusitanica “tree” tuning

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Keeping a full grown large-leaved strong grower in shape and within the desired size limits is a challenge in its own right. This photo was taken halfway through the pollarding-plus topping. In Hako-zukuri style Prunus lusitanica “tree” you can see how it looked a couple of weeks back. Note that the photo’s have been […]