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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 […]

Pike attack (Esox lucius, carnivorous fish)


Today Marijke (my wife) called (yelled) me, in an extremely excited way, to come quickly. Bet you, I came as swift as I could. First came the disappointment. She was not at all exited by anything to do with my person. Instead it was about a really big fish she saw in the waterway […]

Razor-sharp thyme edges


Most of the “body” of the Turtle Island is covered by Thyme, Thymus Praecox pseudo langinosus (see Groundcovers). The Thyme grows beautifully and is a slow creeper. We like to keep the edges razor-sharp, like they where painted, and this Thyme is ideal for that. It can be left unattended for a while and will […]

Ants are in our pest top five


Ants are keeping us more than just busy. Again one of these useful harmless insects ? Despite of the fact that ants belong to the social insects they do not at all behave as such in our garden. In my previous post I told about the bamboo-shoots (the two white stripes, center-down). When I lifted […]