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                                                                    The garden.   (photos)


First series of photos taken in 2007.
The newer photos have a date.

Front garden

Half April:

  The red brown leaves are from a Japanese maple (Aces palmatum). The big  trees are  Horse-chestnuts (Aesculus hippocastamum).    
  The gate is placed back because of the chesnuts. The front garden next to the street also belongs to the house.    
  The columnar shrub is a taxus baccata fastigiata. Itís not necessary to prune often. I think once in five years.
The tree near the wall with the  purple red leaves is a plum (prunus cerasifera) Itís the cultivar "Pissardii". (Pissardii was in the 19th century gardener of the sjah of Persia. This cultivar is caused by accident. After that Pissardii has cultivated the tree. At the end of March you see pink flowers. It bears fruit.  
The hedge on the right is of Field Maple (Acer campestre). A shrub, tree, which can be pruned well. Without pruning may be 15 - 25 m in height.

Back garden

Half April: 

Dry times are difficult for the lawn.  The trees take much water. I water the lawn, but not too much. In wet periods the grass will become green again. 
The flowering tree in the middle is a very old pear tree. (addition: died and removed in 2014)
The right bush without leaves is a hibiscus. Itís always late.
The big shrub in front of the horse-chestnut is a Deutzia. The end of  May, beginning June itís in bloom. There are many white flowers. Itís been growing there for many years. It is native, as many ornamental bushes, in Japan

Photo mid-April 
The left photo is also the left side of the garden. The tree in bloom is a plum. You can see the little bridge over the pond. The bamboo is in the shade (Also on photos on the page "winter" and "spring".)

One photo is taken from the room. The other  from the side of the house. The pink tree is of course Japanese Cherry (prunus serrulata). It Ďs a cultivar. It gets no fruit. I must prune it, for else it becomes too large. The ball on the right photograph is a holly. (Hex aquifolium). The ball on the photograph from the room Japanese Euonymus. (Euonymus japonica)  More than thirty years ago I got it in a plant bucket.  Now Iíve divided it in two shrubs, which grow for years in the garden. The variegated  foliage is green now.

If I did not prune them, they would be much larger.   

Side garden

Half April. Looking from the back-garden, you see the right side. The garden is a little bit of a jungle. In summer there is much shade of the horse-chestnuts The little tree without leaves in the middle is a Golden Chain (Laburnum anagyroides). The shrub next is a Mock-orange (Philadelphus) Also still without leaves. It hasn't got many flowers for there is too much shade. The bush in front is a forsythia. Left near the house a liguster.
In front of the horse-chesnut the Deutzia
ehind these bushes grow holly,  Japanese maple (Aces palmatum), Snowberry (Symphoricarpos), ferns, honeysuckle, blackberries, conifers, ivy  
The red glow is from a plum. But I donít know which kind. The flower resembles mostly at a Prunus campanulata. See the photo of the flower.      
the deutzia in front of the chesnut   
Picture end May. Taken from about the same place. The Golden Chain is already out of flower. Next year I will take a picture. (There is a photo of an other golden chain at the page ďspringĒ) 
Mock-orange (Philadelphus) should also be budding. I prune it every year after flowering.
Now all attention of course goes to the deutzia in front of the chestnut. In the afternoon there are many bumble bees in the deutzia. But also other insects likes the shrub. 
The deutzia and the
Mock-orange  both belong to the Hydrangeaccae and so they are family of the hydrangea. But they likes full sun and well drained soil. You can take semi-hardwood cuttings in summer. Early June it has finnished flowering. After flowering I thin it by taking away old shoots.
Supplement mid- June. I Ďve also added a photo of
Mock-orange (Philadelphus).      


Prunus??  Japanese maple (Aces palmatum)  Japanese maple (prunus cerasifera) "Pissardii". Japanse Cherry (Prunus serrulata). spieraea vanhouttei (muscle shrub). Japanese azalea. Black Cherry (Prunus serotina). Deutzia. Boerenjasmijn (Philadelphus)    
Prunus, Japanese maple (Aces palmatum), plum (Prunus cerasifera) cultivar "Pissardii", Japanse Cherry (Prunus serrulata),  spieraea vanhouttei (Muscle shrub), Japanese azalea, Black Cherry (prunus serotina), deutzia, Mock-orange      

Back garden

  28 April from the back-garden. The chestnuts are flowering. The first flowers whirl already down. Every year I sweep and hope the wind is not in the direction of the pond.     

Front garden

frontgarden, flowering spieraea vanhouttei (muscle shrub)  30 April. From the street. The Spieraea vanhouttei (muscle shrub) are in bloom now. There is to much shade. But it flowers every year. Behind you see an American wild cherry.  


Front garden

front garden, Japanese azalea   
This photo has been taken on 7 May. I just had raked chestnut flowers
The redbrown shrub at the left is a barberry (Berberis). It is pruned, but it starts to bud now. 
To the right: A flowering Japanese azalea. You can prune it, but it is not really necessary. It remains in beautiful shape. This little brush is already more than thirty years old. 
The purple winter flowers are of the Erica. These have almost finished flowering and start already to bud. The azalea stands for the most part in bud. The photo with the flowers of the azalea is taken a week later. Behind, you see again the conifers and the Japanese maple.  

Dorpsstraat (village street)

Dorpsstraat..... Dorpsstraat

Sunday 20 May. On a sunny day. I have taken a photo from the same spot in both directions. All flowers of the chestnuts are gone. It is also nice to compare the photo with the photo, I have taken in winter. On the right photo are two chestnuts and an oak. To the right  in the distance near the cyclists you see a holly.                                                            

 Front garden

Black Cherry (Prunus serotina)    

Photo 25 May. The Spieraea vanhouttei has left off flowering. On this photo it is hidden behind the chestnut. Now the Black Cherry (Prunus serotina) is in bloom. In Holland it Ďs also called bospest (forestplague)

In the years 1920 it has been planted from America in our forests. But the tree spreaded too well. Thatís why it got its nickname.

Fruit are 1 cm in diameter and somewhat bitter to eat. The fruit is readily eaten by birds. The pip however is poisonous.
Once in five years I have to prune it.
Bloom time: End May, beginning June. Iíve also taken a photo of the flowers.   

Back garden summer


View through the kitchen window on the side garden.


April 2009  Flowering prunus           May 2009  Flowering golden chain

Back garden.

Photos end May 2009

The pond. The Bistort flowers beautiful...... Path in the garden to the pond.

The pond. The Bistort flowers beautiful. But there are to many now.    Path in the garden to the pond. The hydrangea (left) is not blooming.

The pruning of the horse chestnut trees. (13-01-2010)
It was time again to prune the chestnut. That happens when they have dropped their leaves and the sap is not under way. This time January 13 was agreed. It was cold, but that was no problem.
I prune the lower part of the trees. But this I don't dare.
The pruning is done by people of the gardening company Frank Blom. I had to work, but my wife has taken some photos.

The pruning of the horse chestnut trees. (13-01-2010)..... The pruning of the horse chestnut trees. (13-01-2010)
The pruning of the horse chestnut trees. (13-01-2010).. The pruning of the horse chestnut trees. (13-01-2010). The pruning of the horse chestnut trees. (13-01-2010)   

August 2012.

One of our horse chestnuts has become sick.
I have made a report about it. In June he dropped all his leaves.  Read the report here.

The removal of a sick horse chestnut.   

Cutting our Cedrus libani 'Glauca' (blue Atlas cedar)
Our blue Atlas cedar has many dead branches and at the base of the tree a part of the bark is damaged. It gets little space because of the chestnuts along the street. That's why we had to cut it down. Again by people from the gardening company Frank Blom from Schoorl.
Fortunately, this was easier than the chestnut in 2012.

Cutting our Cedrus libani 'Glauca' (blue Atlas cedar)   10 July 2018.
Cutting our Cedrus libani 'Glauca' (blue Atlas cedar)..... Cutting our Cedrus libani 'Glauca' (blue Atlas cedar)              
Cutting our Cedrus libani 'Glauca' (blue Atlas cedar)..... Cutting our Cedrus libani 'Glauca' (blue Atlas cedar)             


Garden, house 18 and 16 June 2022  

Tuin, huis 16 juni 2022    I thought it would be fun to add some new photos of the garden and house to the website. The photos at the top of the page are years old. We still have the parasol. We bought the middle parasol later. The biggest change in the garden is the Chinese windmill palm (Trachycarpus fortunei). At first it was in a pot, but has been in the garden for several years now. So far he survives the winters.
Our house has changed somewhat. New dormer window at the front and back, a new sliding door and solar panels on the roof,  
Tuin, huis 16 juni 2022..... Tuin, huis 16 juni 2022             

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