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Frost damage, to survive or to die ?

As mentioned in my earlier post Tracks in the snow we had an unusual winter with extreme frost. This is the first time ever that we have substantial frost damage. Although we have previously had these low temperatures and minor damages, the combination of factors this year was very different and fatal to some […]

Wisteria sinensis winter pruning

Over winter the Wisteria side shoots need to get pruned back to 6 to 10 cm long (2.5 – 4 inch), leaving only 2 or 3 buds on the side-shoots. These will be the flowering spurs on the Wisteria. This pruning should be carried out each year. The only shoots to be left untouched […]

Sagina subulata as moss substitute

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Sagina, called ‘pearlworts’ or ‘Irish-Moss’ (Dutch ‘Vetmuur’) can very well serve as a substitute for moss in a Japanese garden. Unfortunately we have a bad experience with it. In my post ‘Groundcover maintenance’ I wrote about the fact that Sagina is one of our most feared and persistent weeds in the ground-covers, or actually […]

Boxwood psyllid or Cacopsylla buxi

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Depending on the weather conditions and plant growth in the garden we have a first preventive spraying round in mid-April. This year we had an early and fabulous spring with summer-like temperatures and little, actually far too less, rainfall. Due to this I started spraying with insecticide already in early April. In Nasty […]

Iris “White Knight” (Tall Bearded Iris) in bloom

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In the first week in May the first flower of the Iris “White Knight”, Tall Bearded Iris was fully open. We now have three flowers and count already over fourty flower buds. The only Iris in the garden is located on the edge at the water front. Related: Index of plants in Tsubo-en, Water front (back […]

Midoritsumi or ‘green picking’ the pine-trees

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This 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 […]

Fuji Musumè ( 藤娘 ) or “Wisteria Maiden”

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada I (1826).

Fuji Musume or “Wisteria Maiden”, is a famous classical dance out of the Kabuki theater in Japan. Fuji (wisteria) Musume (maiden), now performed independently, was first performed in 1826 as one of a set of five dances. The figure of the wisteria maiden first came from the town of Otsu on the shores of Lake […]

Rule 0: Let no plant grow where you did not plant it

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In the Tsubo-en website we have many pages with lessons learned (LL) at the bottom. Recently I started to include LL’s in this diary, classified as such. Having an IT-background, talking about lessons learned reminded me of: “Rule 0: Don’t make a mess of  it.” by Edsger W. Dijkstra, a Dutch computer scientist. This […]