Sunday, 27 October 2013

Buxus disease, spraying or excavating?

A few weeks ago , during trimming the boxhedges , I saw a black discoloration of the leaves. That looked suspicious. The next day I went to Jos who knows a lot about diseases in plants ( He acknowledged what I already suspected, the box was affected by the fungal disease box blight .

In many places in England, Germany and the Netherlands the boxhedges are affected by - Cylindrocladium – box blight. I had to do something immediately, otherwise my box garden will most certainly die. And that will happen very rapidly. Next year the whole garden could be affected. The boxes will turn black and the leaves will fall off.

How about spraying a fungicide? Jos could not guarantee that this could save my box garden. Perhaps I could slow down the process. Another option : excavating the hedges. Excavating my 25 year old boxwood garden??? I took a bottle of fungicide with me immediately!

Days of doubt followed . Spraying or excavating? Excavating or spraying? Until the day my husband and I had a memorable conversation on the garden bench. My husband said: " Look , you're still in denial . These box shrubs will never recover! "

He was right . I had to say farewell to my box garden .

It is now two weeks later and I dug up around 1000 box shrubs . The garden suddenly seems very spacious. And a whole creative flow of thoughts has emerged in my mind .....

I must admit, it was rather shocking. But after you get over it, creating a new garden is actually pretty fun!

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The boxgarden in June 

I start digging out

One row dug out

Second row dug up

Last row dug up

After all the hard work, an empty garden!   

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Autumn flowers in a basket.

I am sorry, no story this week. My computer gave up! I hope to make you happy with some pictures that I made last week.

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Autumn color

The berries seem fake.

Dahlia in the basket.

Next week I hope to write you a new story!

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Autumn on the table.

It's been weeks of gorgeous autumn weather. And how much is there to enjoy. I replanted a flower basket with autumn flowering plants.  

A girlfriend of mine, who happened to come by, asked me if she could imitate it. Of course! I have ideas aplenty. When walking in a garden center in my imagination I could fill 20 baskets with different plant combinations.

Maybe you blog readers, like it too. I'll show you how it is made.

Take a nice basket and fill it with potting soil. In the garden center I bought three heather, three ornamental cabbages and six pansies, all in the color white. In deposit I had some sedum cuttings too. Plant everything in a nicely arranged way in the basket.

From my kitchen window I can see this flower basket on the white table outside. It's cute! And provided it does not freeze too hard in December, for Christmas I might even plant a Christmas tree in the middle.

If so the autumn scene becomes a winter wonderland!

Pansie and heather close up

In the basket

Cabbage, pansie and heather

basket in Autumn sun

Sunday, 6 October 2013

The plum harvest.

Plum 'Reine Victoria' is the best there is, at least to my opinion. That is why we have planted a tree in our back yard many years ago.

This year, the plum tree looked promising. Despite the 'thinning' of the plums the tree was bearing a fast amount of plums.

It is clear that so many plums are too much for the two of us alone. In order not to get diarrhea, it seemed a good idea to sell the plums at the roadside.

Sales went fine from day one. From early morning to late evening people stopped at my 'shop'. In case the plums were sold out, I climbed back into the tree to pick new ones. Of course I only picked the plums that let loose from the tree easily. These are the ripe ones and the very best. No wonder I had a lot of satisfied customers.

Now a week has gone and all plums have been picked and sold. Although you won’t get rich by doing this, the old plum tree deserves a pat on the back.

There were at least 25 kilos on the tree!

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Plums in the colander.

Plums in the tree

I found this caterpiller of a moth, it looks like a twig. What a camouflage technique!

Plum tree is empty again.