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Trimming the Taxus baccata (yew) hedgerow

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Trimming the Taxus baccata hedgerow  (common name yew, or European yew) we mostly do this only once a year. In general this hedgerow does not perform well. We expect two reasons for that, one being the water household is not okay and secondly, on the other side, there are too many plants too close […]

Tuning the hako-zukuri part of our main o-karikomi box topiary

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Depending on the annual growth-cycle trimming of the O-karikomi in the main garden happens once or twice per annum. Tuning the hako-zukuri part of this O-karikomi box topiary ‘sculpture’ is done at least twice a year. Because the hako-zukuri and karikomi objects in the center part are much smaller it is important to threat […]

Chamaecyparis Lawsonia trimming

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Next to our Cryptomeria Japonica (Lawson’s Cypress) “elegans” stands the Chamaecyparis Lawsonia “white spot”. After I had pruned the Cryptomeria ( post: Cryptomeria Japonica “elegans”, fukinaoshi-pruning ) I pruned the Chamaecyparis. We prune our Chamaecyparis Lawsonia for shape. This pruning is part of a long running fukinaoshi treatment that entails pruning for shape and applies […]

Cryptomeria Japonica “elegans”, fukinaoshi-pruning

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Cryptomeria is a monotypic genus of conifer. Our Cryptomeria Japonica “elegans” (sugi, 杉) stands in the left side garden compartment. On these photo’s it is shown just after this years pruning. On the left viewed from the waterside and on the right as seen from the front garden that is street side. The trees need […]

Timing for box-topiary trimming

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Clipping the box (buxus) topiary karikomi, o-karikomi and hako-zukuri, is probably more time critical and weather dependent, than any other clipping or pruning. Trimming the box (buxus) topiary karikomi, o-karikomi and hako-zukuri, involves cutting back the fresh new growth. When and how often this needs to be done very much depends on where you […]

Karikomi style Prunus lusitanica, pruning for shape and growth

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Although rather distant, this object is part of the Mountain-range structure at the other site of Mount Sumeru and a visual part of the O-karikomi style Prunus lusitanica element discussed in the earlier post. This Karikomi (Prunus lusitanica, common name Portugal laurel) is part of a mountain-scape formed by it and the O-karikomi to […]

O-karikomi style Prunus lusitanica, pruning for shape

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This topiary, representing a mountain-range or a mountain-scape, gets pruned and clipped in the so called Karikomi style (see: Karikomi and hako-zukuri, topiary technique of clipping shrubs and trees into large curved shapes or sculptures). As indicated above the “o” prefix in O-karikomi means “large” and it refers to the use of groups of […]

Hako-zukuri style Prunus lusitanica “tree”

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The Prunus lusitanica and the triangular Buxus sempervirens in front of it need regular clipping and pruning to keep the proper shape. Both get pruned and clipped in the so called Hako-zukuri style (see: Karikomi and hako-zukuri) (shrubs clipped into boxes and straight lines). The Prunus lusitanica is a strong grower and needs to […]

Partial buxus clipping for way through

This path is our passage in the left-side-garden that connects the front garden compartment to the Water front (back side) compartment. At this time it is not yet necessary to clip the Box (buxus) topiary as such. However to maintain a way through the herb-garden, we do a partial clipping of these buxes. That is […]

Midoritsumi or ‘green picking’ Pinus densiflora

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So far we have had an unusual spring.  Most of the time cold northerly wind.  Not at all pleasant to work in the garden. On May 18th we finally had a ‘better day’ to do the special pruning of most of our pine-trees, in particular or Pinus densiflora, Japanese Red Pine akamatsu in the main […]