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Overall measurements to reduce maintenance, continued 2

Acer pseudoplatanus-platanoides The first in this series was: “Less is more”? Overall measurements to reduce maintenance. In September 2015 we started to execute this plan in the left side garden compartment. Later in September we continued in the main garden compartment, with the Acer palmatum "Bloodgood" and the Acer platanoides "Royal Red". This was a quick [...]

“Less is more”? Overall measurements to reduce maintenance

Cryptomeria Japonica"yohaku no bi": "the beauty of empty space", also ma or aki. [2 (p118) ]. For the Western, non-Zen viewer, the art of yohaku is perhaps best described in terms of Mies van der Rohe's "less is more". However I am not sure if this is what was meant with the almost destruction of the [...]

Book review: Niwaki by Jake Hobson

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Niwaki: Pruning, Training and Shaping Trees the Japanese Way by Jake Hobson, English language and published by Timber Press. In [12] you find a book reference to “Niwaki”, (niwa ki) clipped and pruned garden trees, a book that we should have had right from the beginning. Unfortunately at was not available at the time (1997/1998) we designed […]

Our Ulmus parvifolia (Elm-tree) got Dutch elm disease

Our beautiful Ulmus parvifolia or Elm-tree in The front garden compartment is again partly affected by Dutch elm disease (DED). Well that is to say most parts that survived the previous attack. In July 2011 we had to remove some heavy branches because they had lost all leafs in mid-summer. Although substantial damage, the tree […]

Wisteria sinensis winter pruning

Over winter the Wisteria side shoots need to get pruned back to 6 to 10 cm long (2.5 – 4 inch), leaving only 2 or 3 buds on the side-shoots. These will be the flowering spurs on the Wisteria. This pruning should be carried out each year. The only shoots to be left untouched […]

Niwaki-trees annual pruning and trimming for shape and size

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Most of the solitary trees need one major annual treatment of pruning and trimming for shape and size. After 12 years in our garden, most trees ar some 15 to 17 years of age and have now reached the right size and often the right shape. It is in particular the shape that can […]

Wisteria sinensis sprouts need continued attention

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In my post Wisteria sinensis sprouts and runners I also wrote about sprouts. In particular sprouts and shoots need continued attention. Converting green shoots that grow  50 cm (2 feet) each week, into a short woody flower spur requires regular attention in particular during the July-August period. Shoots that grow in places where we […]

Ulmus parvifolia, Elm-tree pollarding and thinning

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A previous post was named Ulmus parvifolia, Elm-tree prunning and was about interim pruning. This post is about the annual pruning, in particular topping and thinning to retain the desired size and shape. This is also called pollarding, the annual removal of all of the previous year’s growth, resulting in a flush of slender […]

Nothofagus antarctica, pruning for shape

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This is how the Nothofagus antarctica, Antarctic Beech, looked prior to pruning back in 2008. In the years prior to 2008 we have thinned it consistently every year, to be less compact and open than it would naturally grow. We prune the Nothofagus antarctica (genus southern beeches) in the left side garden compartment, for […]

Wisteria sinensis sprouts and runners

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Although Wisteria is not a tree at all, it is a woody climbing vine, on our website we classify it under Deciduous trees. That is because it is trained to be just that. A couple of times per season we remove the longest sprouts. These can quickly become 50 or even 100cm (1.6 to […]