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For Sale: Zen-garden inclusive fitting house, Lelystad

Vooraanzicht van onze Captiva bungalowTe koop: Zen-tuin inclusief bijpassende woning te Lelystad Due to personal circumstances the property is for sale. Nu ook op Funda, Eaglelaan 162, 8241 AP Lelystad. The garden and house exterior can be seen here and on the main site, in particular on this page: House and garden. Below you find details about the house [...]

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 [...]

Pilgrimage: Ofuda (御札 charm, talisman), a shrine or a temple seal

img_0528p20A popular custom is to buy a blank booklet at the beginning of the pilgrimage and have a calligraphy named 'Ofuda', painted in it, at each of the temples (1). It is believed that one after one's death, when one can show this booklet to the deity at the gate of heaven, one obtains permission to [...]

Resurrection of our Wisteria sinensis

Wisteria-sinensis 1st re-bloom in 2013

In Frost damage 2011/2012, final damage report I wrote about the frost-damage in our garden during the winter 2011/2012 and the subsequent growth and our attempts to give it a second life. This frost damage was particularly sat with regard to our garden pride, the solitary Wisteria sinensis. Now the second season after the disaster, […]

Book review: Niwaki by Jake Hobson

Niwaki

Niwaki: Pruning, Training and Shaping Trees the Japanese Way by Jake Hobson, English language and published by Timber Press. In [12] you find a book reference to “Niwaki”, (niwa ki) clipped and pruned garden trees, a book that we should have had right from the beginning. Unfortunately at was not available at the time (1997/1998) we designed […]

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 […]

Tracks in the snow

After an extreme delay the winter has now commenced.  Last week we got about 20 cm (8 inch) snow. We also had the pleasure to be the coldest spot in the country with -22,9 °C (-9.2F). It’s exciting to find trails in the snow of “wild creature”. While we have no clue what wildlife […]

Late winter or no winter 2011/2012

The first frost we had in the Winter of 2011-2012

So far we have not seen any real winter weather. It is more like an extremely long autum. Last week we had the very first frost of this season on Monday 16th and Tuesday 17nd of January 2012. This is exceptionally late! And it actually lasted only 2 nights, and only just below 0°C. What […]

Most beautiful spot in province of Flevoland nomination

flevoland-25jaar

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 […]