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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 […]

Midoritsumi or ‘green picking’ the pine-trees

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This year we had an early and fabulous spring with summer-like temperatures and little, actually far too less, rainfall. After the autumn momiage, removing dead needles from pine, this is the next major activity related to pine. Where in the previous year and in May 2009 I applied midoritsumi or ‘green picking’ of the pine [...]

Momiage, removing dead needles from pine

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The last maintenance attention we give the Pine in our garden (Pinus leucodermis, Abies procera, Pinus mugo, Pinus densiflora, etc.) in October/November is called momiage. This year the coloration, from green to brown, happened in just one or two weeks time, the first weeks in October. Momiage is about removal of old and dead […]

Trimming ‘the five Islands of immortality’ topiary box

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To the left of the front entrance, beside the drive we used box to represent  Hõrai-jima, ‘symbol of the islands of the Blest’ (Taoist myth) sometimes represented as mountainous islands, houraiseki. Here ‘the five Islands of immortality’. These islands where thought to float in a remote sea, carried on the backs of giant turtles. […]

Trimming the topiary O-karikomi (buxus) sculpture

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In my post Tuning the hako-zukuri part of our main o-karikomi box topiary, I showed how the center part of the Main garden karikomi was trimmed. This was done because keeping the hako-zukuri part in the desired shape is much more time-critical than that of the parts. Where sometimes one annual trimming is sufficient […]

Trimming the Juniperus media topiary shrubs

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These two Juniper, Juniperus media “blue” are regarded topiary shrubs, rather then trees, because they are kept so low and form the backdrop for the main garden tsukubai facility. This photo shows the backside, as seen from the waterfront. The plant in front (right) is still untouched whereas the one in the back has […]

Hako-zukuri style Prunus lusitanica “tree” tuning

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Keeping a full grown large-leaved strong grower in shape and within the desired size limits is a challenge in its own right. This photo was taken halfway through the pollarding-plus topping. In Hako-zukuri style Prunus lusitanica “tree” you can see how it looked a couple of weeks back. Note that the photo’s have been […]

Bamboo pruning, Pleioblastus pygmaeus

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This Pleioblastus pygmaeus is one of the visual objects (see the definition in 2 – Design the architecture) of the Main garden tsukubai composition. Most of the bamboo in our garden only gets the simple version of bamboo pruning. That is the removal of old dead canes and any new ones that are growing out […]

Trimming the Thuja occidentalis hedgerow

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The Thuja occidentalis “Braband” hedgerown in the left garden was planted only two years ago, in July 2008. That first year this 30 meter (100 feet) long hedgerow of 100 evergreen thuja conifers was left alone. Then the following year, in 2009, we have leveled the top twigs and done a first trimming of […]

Herb garden box-hedge trimming

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Herb garden box-hedge trimming needs to be done twice per year. Depending on the growth-cycle the first time in any year can be limited to partial clipping (post Partial buxus clipping for way through) to ensure the pathway walk-trough and easy access to the different plant-compartments. Although a herb garden may not be the first […]