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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 [...]

Front-garden gravel-area restoration

Box-roots in the gravel area At the time we initially constructed our garden we used a couple of hundred square meters of weed control fabric (barrier cloth) as a basis for the gravel area's, in particular the Ginshanada. When that was almost finished we walked into just a minor shortage of barrier cloth, to finish the gravel area to [...]

Repairing the bamboo fence (take gaki)


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. […]

Sprinkler-system maintenance, underground sprinklers


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 […]

Topiary hedges, design and refine by experience


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 […]

Scrubbing the veranda deck to remove alga and moss


Well made decking is very attractive in its own right and is part of a Japanese shoinzukuri style building such as our house. Although our decking is profiled, not normally the case in Japan, it can become slippery with algae and even mosses. This needs to be frequently removed e.g. with a wire-brush when dry, […]

Time for irrigation, sunny, hot and dry


Now it is really summer. In our region (the Province of Flevoland, also known as “the New Land” (Dutch: Nieuwland, see House and garden ) it is hot, hot, hot, over 30 °C (86 F). Interestingly every week we have had at least one local heavy shower so far. Now the time has come to […]

Bamboo shoots in unexpected places


Today we saw an example of unwanted bamboo-shoots. While we know how “sneaky” and persistent bamboo can be, we where again taken by surprise. As you can see this bamboo-shoot tried to penetrate restricted area by coming through a junction in the Left-garden pathway. In order to get there it had to work itself under […]