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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 [...]

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 [...]

Shumi-sen or Mount Sumeru, in historical perspective

In the garden book Sakuteiki 5 “Creating a garden” is expressed as “setting stones”, ishi wo taten koto; literally, the “act of setting stones upright.” At the time the Sakuteiki was written, the placement of stones was perceived as the primary act of gardening. Similar expressions are also used in the text, however, to […]

Repairing the bamboo fence (take gaki)

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Our small bamboo fence (take gaki) was constructed in the Yotsume-gaki style. Constructed and placed in 2009 the fence now required repair and maintenance. A bamboo fence or take gaki ( 竹垣 ) is an important object in many Japanese gardens. Like woods bamboo can last for years in the outdoors with proper maintenance. […]

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 ! […]

Topiary hedges, design and refine by experience

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My first thought for a post-title was ‘Design and re-design by experience’. But then, later I considered that as too strong. Hence the current title. What is that all about ? In this post I will discuss, and more importantly show, an interesting and even intriguing, development. Find the differences in these photo’s (taken from […]