14. November 2020 by Isabelle Van Groeningen

The enchanted forest table

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Zu Tisch, es ist gedeckt! © Isabelle Van Groeningen
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It's magic! © Isabelle Van Groeningen

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When did you last have the chance to take a closer look at a woodland floor? To feel soft cushioning moss under your feet and inhale the scent. One of the best Perfumes on earth, I find. A small luxury, that can release a wonderful feeling of inner peace and tranquility. With our enchanted forest table, we have tried to captivate this microcosm as nature created it. Enjoy the bizarre shapes of mushrooms, mosses, liverworts and herbaceous plants. Observe dew drop chains and silvery hats from keen multipedes,  ornaments from the fruits of the forest, bark and the gown of autumnal foliage. Beauty is to be found in the smallest detail. Be a guest at our table, laden with all of nature’s delicacies.

Julia Matthies, gardener of the Königliche Gartenakademie
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07. November 2020 by Isabelle Van Groeningen

What to do with all the leaves!?!

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Mit Harke statt Laubpuster die Wege freiharken Blätter zwischen Stauden, Farne und Gräser liegen lassen © Isabelle Van Groeningen
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Mit Harke statt Laubpuster die Wege freiharken Blätter zwischen Stauden, Farne und Gräser liegen lassen © Isabelle Van Groeningen

Flagge Deutschland für deutsche Übersetzungzum deutschen Text – Two weeks ago I wrote about the spectacular autumn colour. By now some trees have dropped most of their leaves, whilst others are only just starting to think about it. The beech hedges at the Garden Academy are only just starting to turn their beautiful coppery colour.

The large chestnut tree that stands at the  bottom of our small garden and the oak which grows just across the boundary with our neighbour’s garden have by now shed most of their leaves. In some areas I remove them, in others I do not touch them. In some places I add more.

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01. November 2020 by Isabelle Van Groeningen

Beautiful containers for the winter months

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Kübelbepflanzung © Isabelle Van Groeningen
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Kübelbepflanzung © Isabelle Van Groeningen

Flagge Deutschland für deutsche Übersetzung – auf Deutsch lesen – Now that the days become shorter and the temperatures drop, the focus of our lives withdraws back indoors. There may be days you barely set a foot in the garden, or go out onto your balcony. It is therefore even more important that not only the view should be attractive, but that when you are out there, you are greeted by something beautiful. A perfect way of achieving this, is by planting up  containers with plants that provide interest during the winter months. These can greet you by the front door, frame your terrace, cheer up your balcony, or stand as a focal point outside your kitchen window.

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25. October 2020 by Isabelle Van Groeningen

Autumn Colour explosion

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Ginkgo, Euonymus, Schlitzahorn © Isabelle Van Groeningen
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Flagge Deutschland für deutsche Übersetzung – auf Deutsch lesen – Almost overnight the annual autumn show started. In the past week we have observed our surrounding landscape becoming increasingly colourful from day to day. Even along Berlins’ leafy streets, numerous oaks and acers have reached luminescent shades of orange and red, whilst butter-yellow lime tree leaves confetti litter the pavements. As part of our Wood theme this autumn, I want to write more about some of the finest trees in the spotlight right now. 

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18. October 2020 by Isabelle Van Groeningen

Late-flowering Asters in the Foerster Garden

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Foerstergarten Oktober 2020 © Isabelle Van Groeningen
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Foerstergarten Oktober 2020 © Isabelle Van Groeningen
Foerstergarten October 2020

Flagge Deutschland für deutsche Übersetzungauf Deutsch lesen – Last Sunday I went to the Foerster Garden in Bornim on the edge of Potsdam. Over the past 30 years I have visited it on numerous occasions, every visit an enjoyable one. There is always something beautiful that attracts my attention, regardless of season. During the long summer months it is continually billowing with flowers from  many of Foerster key feature plants like Delphium, Phlox and Helenium cultivars, but I particularly love visiting in autumn, as the garden is exceptionally colourful.

Even in the second half of October, there are still numerous perennials only just starting to flower. These late perennials, combined with grasses and some good dried flower structures, set against a glowing backdrop of autumn colour, can almost make it look kitschy at times.

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10. October 2020 by Isabelle Van Groeningen

Biodiversity at Great Dixter

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Great Dixter Eingang © Isabelle Van Groeningen
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Great Dixter Eingang © Isabelle Van Groeningen

Flagge Deutschland für deutsche Übersetzungauf Deutsch lesen – The travel restrictions may make life difficult for many and be frustrating at times, but there has been a positive outcome: many lectures have been taking place on the internet instead of in front of a live audience. Not only can more people participate, many of these events can be viewed at a later date. One of these gems are a series of fascinating lectures about Great Dixter given by Fergus Garrett.

Fergus came to Great Dixter in 1992 as head gardener to Christopher Lloyd. Although Fergus became Chief Executive of the Great Dixter Charitable Trust after Christo’s death in 2006, he remains very much of a hands-on practical person.

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04. October 2020 by Isabelle Van Groeningen

Autumn is the perfect time to plant: Container-grown or field-grown plants?

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Herbstliches Topfdisplay © Isabelle Van Groeningen
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Herbstliches Topfdisplay © Isabelle Van Groeningen
Autumn container display

Flagge Deutschland für deutsche Übersetzungauf Deutsch lesen – I promised to write more about planting as there is much more to it than just digging a hole and sticking a plant in. Young plants are like small children: they are much more likely to thrive and develop into strong adults, if you give them the appropriate care at the start of their lives. It also involves so many decisions. Not only which plant to choose, but what size, and as a container-grown or a field-grown plant? 

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