Monthly Archives: October 2016

Making a broom

Making a Birch broom - man holding birch branches - © Robert Mabic/GAP Photos

Making a Birch broom – man holding birch branches – © Robert Mabic/GAP Photos

Step-by-step guide for making a garden broom.

Making a Birch broom - man tying up birch branches with steel wire using pliers - © Robert Mabic/GAP Photos

Making a Birch broom – man tying up birch branches with steel wire using pliers – © Robert Mabic/GAP Photos

For centuries the birch brooms have been used for cleaning houses, ovens, fireplaces, yards and streets. The knowledge of how to make them was passed on from generation to generation and so came to us.

Making a Birch broom - man tidying leaves from the lawn using newly made birch broom - © Robert Mabic/GAP Photos

Making a Birch broom – man tidying leaves from the lawn using newly made birch broom – © Robert Mabic/GAP Photos

Mr. Leon is an old school gardener and has accumulated years of useful tips for how to make and use practical home-made tools. This broom is used with traditional, mainly of natural materials, while the newer approaches involve the use of steel wire and nails for fixing the holders of the broom. Mr Leon uses fresh birch branches. The process is simple and with some practice a broom can be made in a very short time.

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Garden by the Elbe

Wooden house overlooking natural planting of Lychnis coronaria - © Christa Brand/GAP Photos

Wooden house overlooking natural planting of Lychnis coronaria – © Christa Brand/GAP Photos

A beautiful informal country garden in autumn.

Both the wooden house and the garden near the Elbe dike in Northern Germany are modern in style. An ornamental grass border echoes the pastures of the surrounding scenery and is the garden’s focal point in autumn. It is separated by a grass path and box-edged borders and a flower meadow with newly planted fruit trees. In the front garden interest is provided by rusty metal objects and sculptures in a gravel area with box spheres and silver leaved ground covering plants.

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Plantzoentje Autumn Garden


A beautiful 3000sqm country garden surrounding a typical Dutch farmhouse. A riot of colour in summer, perennials combined with grasses by colour. Usage of foliage plants like Hosta, Brunnera and Alchemilla.

Nice decorations and lovely seating areas, some very hidden. Pond surrounded by moisture loving plants. Beautiful views to surrounding landscape, funny black painted site caravan, now used as a garden shed. Especially in autumn this garden looks wonderful as Anja is growing many late flowering plants such as asters, Sedum, Cimicifuga and Persicaria. Vine growing on pergola, producing lots of burgundy red grapes. Good autumn colours on shrubs and trees such as Hamamelis and Prunus.

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