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For Sale: Zen-garden inclusive fitting house, Lelystad

Vooraanzicht van onze Captiva bungalowTe koop: Zen-tuin inclusief bijpassende woning te Lelystad Due to personal circumstances the property is for sale. Nu ook op Funda, Eaglelaan 162, 8241 AP Lelystad. The garden and house exterior can be seen here and on the main site, in particular on this page: House and garden. Below you find details about the house [...]

Section on Slate Roofing added

Slate Roofing   On the page House and garden I have added a section named Slate Roofing. 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, [...]

Overall measurements to reduce maintenance, continued 3

Larix, after cutting Again, a beautiful mature tree but just too un-maintainable, at least after my illness as described in: “Less is more”? Overall measurements to reduce maintenance. Future will tell how this will develop. The tree is very strong and I have a good feeling about it. The first in this series was: “Less is more”? [...]

Overall measurements to reduce maintenance, continued 2

Acer pseudoplatanus-platanoides The first in this series was: “Less is more”? Overall measurements to reduce maintenance. 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 [...]

“Less is more”? Overall measurements to reduce maintenance

Cryptomeria Japonica"yohaku no bi": "the beauty of empty space", also ma or aki. [2 (p118) ]. For the Western, non-Zen viewer, the art of yohaku is perhaps best described in terms of Mies van der Rohe's "less is more". However I am not sure if this is what was meant with the almost destruction of the [...]

Truffles in Tsubo-en (Hymenogaster-olivoceus)

Painting 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 [...]

How to deal with Ginshanada soil settlement

Settlement 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 [...]

Second Abundant bloom of our Wisteria sinensis

Wisteria sinensis bloom 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 [...]

Recovery of our solitary Wisteria-sinensis

Wisteria sinensis, 20 may 2015   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 [...]

Midoritsumi, ‘green picking’ and Momiage ‘thinning’, combined

Pinus_densiflora-IMG_1089       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 [...]