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Bert's Garden

If you like gardening as much as I do, you should read my regular notes about everything in and around my garden.

I have been active in the international garden business all my life but never found time to really garden the way I would like to. Now since I am retired, I have plenty of time and ambition to design a garden and to do daily maintenance.

In my regular updates on my garden I will show you how I deal with the various seasonal issues in gardens and introduce you to the various new plants I come across. I look forward having you as a reader.

Best regards, Bert Jansen

Berts Garden July 20th

Written by melvin jansen   
Tuesday, 26 July 2011
hortensia lane.jpgWe have had a week with a lot of wind and rain, the wind has not been so good for my taller plants but the rain was needed, as it was rather dry. The Hortensia in the lane connecting my front and back garden, are now lush and full of flowers.

The rain has done a lot of good there. I have not trimmed down my Annabella hortensia,,,,, as trimming it will result in more but small flowers, which wont bend over so easily during rainfall, as the flower heads are less heavy. My little lane has as you can see only partial sunshine for about three hours between 10.00 and 13.00 hr. That's just enough for them, full sun will shrivel up the flowers, unless they have plenty of moist available.

euyonimus marieke.jpgI did have some Euonymus Marieke, a lovely variegated variety. I have trimmed this one into a pillar shape, it is rather ornamental and stands out due to it's bright shining foliage. The one thing you must do with these variegated shrubs; is to trim away all green shoots. If you don't do regularly, the green growth will take over. I have supported the shrub with a cane for the first two years. The one in the back is about 5 years old by now.

So remember to trim away all green growth developing on your variegated shrubs, it is like the wild undergrowth of roses, if you let it go, the wild (green) growth will take over and ruin the look of your lovely variegated shrubs.

sky scraper.jpgI've planted some Phlox panniculata variety Sky Scraper last year. They are doing well and flower with amazingly blue - purple tinted flowers; they do have lovely sweet scent. I needed to give them good support by means of a circular plant ring in which they've grown. Or else they would not have sustained the strong winds. I will divide them early autumn and replant them at various locations in my garden. I love having them in my garden.

Around my pond I have a whole group of perennials and shrubs they have formed a dense ring of vegetation. With the various foliage and colours it's finally becoming exactly as I planned and what I had in mind, a completely natural looking delight to the eye.

Plenty of frogs and toads, in the peaty soil around the waterside even ferns have sprouted spontaneously. I am thrilled to show how other plants planted last autumn are performing, for example I have planted some Eupatorium purpureum, which will reach a height of 1.5 mt or even taller with pink flower heads. I have planted Hosta on the edge of water and soil, they are doing fine and have no problem with the wet feet.

cimicifuga.jpgAnother interesting plant with lovely features is the Cimicifuga racemosa atropurpurea, a spectacular plant with deep purple black foliage and will bloom (September) with pink flowers. It is also known as Bugbane and Black Snake Root.

Cimicifuga plants, also known as Actea racemosa, according to the newest plant registration, preferring compost enriched, well fed soil, moist but not never waterlogged, partly shady conditions. This plant has a high onrnamental value and is not commonly offered.

On the picture you see my Cimicifuge just behind my Hortensia, the tall flower stalks are already visible. I will keep you posted on the development into full blossom.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 July 2011 )

Berts Garden July 13th

Written by melvin jansen   
Tuesday, 26 July 2011
After a couple of warm days the garden has had a good shower overnight, everything looks refreshed and the air has this lovely fresh ozone smell. In general the plants are doing well, I did some trimming here and there and took out some large weeds, it is remarkable how quickly they grow.

 fuchsia ricartonii.jpg The hardy Fuchsia Ricartonii has come to full growth and is a real gem in my garden it is always such a reliable shrub loaded with bright red flowers.

The lobelia does well in contrast with the Fuchsia colour. In late Autumn I trim the Fuchsia back to ground and give a good mulch cover, so far it has survived all winter. It is important to have a well-drained soil, standing water will kill the plant over winter. 
 campanula punctata blue.jpg An other rewarding plant in my borders is the Campanula punctata, it flowers now with great abundance. The bell shaped flowers, with pointed tips is born onto tall stems of approx 130 cm high.

I have given them a bit of support, as they are easily damaged by wind bursts. After the flowers are gone, I trim them down hard. It is an easygoing plant with a high ornamental value to my border. 

In my rockery garden the Sedum Schorbusser Blutt is doing well and gradually spreading. The deep purple red foliage is in a lovely contrast with the pink flower heads. You can take plenty of cuttings from this plant; they root quickly and are easy going. Plant full sun and well drained.

Please note also the Heuchera Purple Palace just behind the Sedum, again a highly decorative and trouble free plant. 
 hortensia.jpg The path connecting my front and back garden is lined with a stretch of Hortensia plants in shades of pink and brilliant white.

The shrubs are coming into full bloom and I am particular interested in the white ones as they are not commonly offered and a bit tender, but so far they look good. The pink ones are looking real good, they have mob-sized flowers!

The whole border is about 12 mt long and has partial shade. It is important to water frequently as the plants do need a lot of water. I garden on a sandy soil so water is gone quickly.

I mulch all the trimmings of my garden and I put the trimming on to the Hortensia border in order to get as much as possible moist retaining material in there. It works fine.

I fertilise the Hortensia border in early spring with 12-10-18 NPK but later, from May onwards with singular fertilisers such as Photasium and Phosfor. This is good for the flower and root development of the shrubs.

lytrium salicaria.jpg Around my pond, the Lytrium salicaria is in full bloom.

This lovely waterside plant blooms abundant and is a great addition to my garden. The bright pink colour stands out and is in good contrast with the Campanula punctata next to it. I can recommend this plant, as it is trouble free and good for wet spots.

After it has bloomed I will trim it back hard.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 July 2011 )

Berts Garden June 26th

Written by melvin jansen   
Tuesday, 26 July 2011

tuin bert mini pond w nymph. pygm alba.jpgMy mini pond, which is made from an old washing tub works great, the nymphea pygmea alba is just beginning to flower.. The success of my pond is because of the base substrate at the bottom, I have planted the plants in small pond baskets and placed those onto the substrate.

Now and then I have to give some water, as it should never dry out of course.

I also keep up to 4 goldfish in this tub.




tuin bert grape adventure na 4 weken.jpgThree weeks ago I planted some Bearded iris,,,,,,, it was a bit late and as promised I would keep you informed about their progress, as you can see from the picture 9 out of 10 tubers have fully sprouted by now.

Although one is a bit doubtful. As a tip: Never plant Bearded iris any deeper as seen on this picture.

It will make them so much more successful. Fertilise Bearded iris only once in spring with NPK 7-14-14 If you give them to much Nitrogen they will not flower!


tuin bert astilbe liliput 2  .jpgI have planted a new Astilbe variety in my border, its named Liliput, a good name as the plant is really compact, about one ft. tall and has dark green foliage and light pink, stary flowers. Its a real gem for the border and rock garden. This one needs a bit of acidic soil, so make sure you plant them in a slightly acid potting compost (Rhododendron soil)  enriched area.








tuin bert french beans 4 weeks.jpgMy French Beans which I sowed three weeks ago are now well underway, they have all sprouted and I am looking forward to a couple of tasty dishes of delicious and tender French Beans (Butter Gold).





tuin bert buxwood boansai .jpgThis lovely Bonsai has been made from a Buxwood/Boxwood sappling and is now some 8 years old. Its is doing great after it had a strong trim this spring, I took 3 branches out. It will become a lovely Bonsai tree over the next few years.

An important factor with Bonsai is that you need to keep an eye that the top of the tree should be bal
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 July 2011 )

Berts Garden June 21st

Written by melvin jansen   
Tuesday, 26 July 2011

lavender hedge.jpg

My front garden is in full bloom with lavender that is now flowering for the sixth season!

The height of the flowering plants is approx 80 cm. I trim the lavender twice per year; this is essential for a good result. Trim right away after flowering, back to the first layer of foliage so you get a flat levelled hedge surface. 

Trim the new sprouts back again by the beginning of April; this will enhance the building of new buds enormously. Give some organic fertiliser by the end of April and again some compound fertiliser mid May (either NPK 7-14-14 or 12-10-18) 


Your lavender plants will look great. The variety I used is the good old Hidcote,,,,,,, reliable and beautiful. 


iris barbata grape adventure.jpgMy Bearded Iris blooms with great flowers, lovely scented and perfect colours.

With these Irises it is important not to overfeed them, they prefer fertiliser high in potassium such as NPK 7-14-18 or 7-14-14.

Overfeeding with too much Nitrogen (the N part in Fertiliser) will result in plants that produce a lot of foliage but only a few flowers. 

The variety in the picture is the re-blooming Grape Adventure; this one blooms
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 July 2011 )

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