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What tools to use to trim Buxus topiary shrubs?

I think the complete question should read like: What tools to use to trim Buxus topiary shrubs … in a Japanese- and more specifically Zen-garden? Most of the karikomi and hako-zukuri topiary and other shrubs are the evergreen Buxus sempervirens (Box or Boxwood). Throughout the years I have used, or perhaps it is better to […]

Abies procera “Glauca” (Noble Fir) tidy-up


This is part of the activity I discussed in Niwaki-trees annual pruning and trimming for shape and size. Because of the exceptional attributes of this Abies I wanted to show some additional photo’s, and here they are. This is about our Abies procera “Glauca” (Noble Fir or Blue Noble Fir). In its native environment this […]

Tidy-up the Ginshanada ocean or gravel-sea


After the winter period the gravel area’s need a rigorous tidy-up. Rather then duplicating these activities I will point you to last years activity. Some of the aspects we need to take care of are : Algae an mosses growing on and in the gravel. This may involve just […]

Autumn colors and fallen leafs everywhere


Autumn coloration results in a totally different view of the garden, in more than one way For months the garden gets scattered with fallen leafs and needles. This may fit some gardens, due to the autumn feel, but does not fit ours. Collecting and removing fallen leafs is a major activity this and the next […]

Maintaining ‘the five Islands of immortality’ gravel ‘sea’


After Trimming ‘the five Islands of immortality’ topiary box, the ‘sea’ in which they float needs a tidy-up. Not only do we need to clean it from any leafs and debris left after trimming, we also remove weeds and mosses. Then we need to flatten the gravel area. Sometimes the soil has worked its […]

Weeds, leafs and more


This is a post about gardening activities that must be and are performed on a regular basis, year round. Under the denominator “Bottom surface maintenance” we have brought together a whole list of activities. A number of these are very specific, like for example Gravel area’s and Keeping the groundcovers out of the gravel. […]

Armeria Maritima flowering, continued


In my prior post, Armeria Maritima flowering, caution ! (Marsh Daisy). I told about timely removal of the flowers. Now while removing the remainder (enjoying the flowering as long as possible) of the flowers, I realize that how I do this can be a useful tip for our readers. So here it is. Cutting […]

Armeria Maritima flowering, caution !


Our Turtle Island (Kame-jima or Hõrai-jima) is located in a part of the Sea that is located in the front garden compartment. The only Armeria Maritima that we have is covering a part of the Island. Now when the Armeria is in full bloom, it is as if there is a blanket of clouds […]