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Midoritsumi or ‘green picking’ the pine-trees

pinus-densiflora-before-midoritsumi-IMG_4269This year we had an early and fabulous spring with summer-like temperatures and little, actually far too less, rainfall. After the autumn momiage, removing dead needles from pine, this is the next major activity related to pine. Where in the previous year and in May 2009 I applied midoritsumi or ‘green picking’ of the pine [...]

Abundant bloom of our Wisteria sinensis

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In last years post Wisteria sinensis in bloom I wrote about the differences in the flowering over the years. 2010 was an extremely poor year. Last year we counted only about 100 pendulous racemes with flowers at any one time. In April 2009 it looked fabulous with over 600 racemes, at one time ! […]

Groundcover maintenance and mosses unwanted

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Most of the unwanted mosses grow well or actually far too well, throughout the year, including the winter-period.Early in the year we have a close look to decide on what maintenance activity is required. This can be a raking-job, pulling or pinching or a chemical treatment. Whatever method used it is all very cumbersome. In […]

Tidy-up the Ginshanada ocean or gravel-sea

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After the winter period the gravel area’s need a rigorous tidy-up. Rather then duplicating these activities I will point you to last years activity. Some of the aspects we need to take care of are : Algae an mosses growing on and in the gravel. This may involve just […]

The Ginshanada and Island edges, a coastline

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The Ginshanada or ‘silver sand open sea’ coastline is in most places the intersection of the gravel area with the Tsukiyama “land-area” that can be found in the front-garden and in the main-garden compartment  (also see: my post ‘Tsukiyama, the edges in the front-garden’) and the coastline of islands, like the […]

Sprinkler-system maintenance, underground sprinklers

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On average twice a year I clean the filters in the underground irrigation sprinklers, four of them. Perhaps double of that number of times I cut away the groundcover around the sprinklers. In addition the filter on the water-inlet hose gets cleaned once, in the beginning of the year, prior to switching on the garden-pump […]