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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 […]

Insecticide, second or third annual overall treatment

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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. Sometimes one or two weeks earlier other years one or two weeks later but that is the schedule. Depending on how serious the problems are and how effective the first treatment was, e.g. was […]

Tsukiyama, the edges in the main-garden

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The weather is great for gardening. Partially overcast and around 20 degree Centigrade (68 °F). After the Tsukiyama/gravel-edges in the front-garden we did a couple of days ago we yesterday clipped the Leptinella Tsukiyama / Ginshanada-edges in the main-garden compartment as described in post ‘Tsukiyama, the edges in the front-garden’. Some job, because the length […]

Tsukiyama, the edges in the front-garden

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Most of the Tsukiyama surface is covered by the same species of a low growing ground covering plant. Like in our previous post about the Turtle Island groundcover, we also want to keep these edges, that is the Tsukiyama (land) gravel (sea) junction, razor-sharp. This is far more difficult as the Leptinella (aka Cotula) grows […]

Razor-sharp thyme edges

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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

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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 […]