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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 [...]

A forced recess: Infective or bacterial Endocarditis

EndocarditisThe garden has seen one of its poorest years ever. Initially. At the end of the year all looks good again. During the first half year of 2014 my wife had to do the maintenance on here own. During the second half of the year I gradually gained control again. Not only about the garden [...]

Frost damage 2011/2012, final damage report

As I already wrote in Frost damage, to survive or to die ? for the first time in the life of Tsubo-en we have major frost damage. Now in June we can draw conclusions. Although most of our Prunus Lusitanica in the frond garden had some or major damage, after careful pruning, all are [...]

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 […]

Most beautiful spot in province of Flevoland nomination

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Yes! With 24 other places we have been nominated as “Most beautiful spot in the province of Flevoland”. The search of this spot is to commemorate the fact that this year our province officially exists 25 year. The inauguration was on 27 Juni 1985 but the work to create this “New land” had started […]

Abies procera “Glauca” (Noble Fir) tidy-up

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This is part of the activity I discussed in Niwaki-trees annual pruning and trimming for shape and size. Because of the exceptional attributes of this Abies I wanted to show some additional photo’s, and here they are. This is about our Abies procera “Glauca” (Noble Fir or Blue Noble Fir). In its native environment this […]

Fertilizing the garden, continued

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As I wrote in Fertilizing the garden (October 2010), fall is an important time to fertilize the garden, also known as “winterizing.” Shrubs, trees, ground-covers and other plants begin to use their energy to strengthen and expand their root systems in preparation for winter dormancy and spring growth. Fall fertilizing provides a slow absorption of […]

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 […]

Birds bathing and drinking during winter

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In summer the “upper lake” on the Kame-jima, “Turtle island”, gives us a lot of joy. Every day, we see a diversity of birds that come to drink and bath in this small pond. The water in the “upper lake” (right) gets continuously replenished and refreshed by a small fountain-pump that gets the water […]