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Maintaining ‘the five Islands of immortality’ gravel ‘sea’


After Trimming ‘the five Islands of immortality’ topiary box, the ‘sea’ in which they float needs a tidy-up. Not only do we need to clean it from any leafs and debris left after trimming, we also remove weeds and mosses. Then we need to flatten the gravel area. Sometimes the soil has worked its […]

Raking the Ginshanada, flat and level


A frequently recurring job is raking the gravel area’s, the largest one being the Ginshanada. Basically there are two distinct forms of raking: Flat and level. Patterns. Even if we rake a pattern, the surface still needs to get raked flat and level. For this we use, you already guessed, the flat side of the […]

Razor-sharp thyme edges


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 […]