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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 […]

Boxwood psyllid or Cacopsylla buxi

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Depending on the weather conditions and plant growth in the garden we have a first preventive spraying round in mid-April. This year we had an early and fabulous spring with summer-like temperatures and little, actually far too less, rainfall. Due to this I started spraying with insecticide already in early April. In Nasty […]

Topiary hedges, design and refine by experience


My first thought for a post-title was ‘Design and re-design by experience’. But then, later I considered that as too strong. Hence the current title. What is that all about ? In this post I will discuss, and more importantly show, an interesting and even intriguing, development. Find the differences in these photo’s (taken from […]

Trimming ‘the five Islands of immortality’ topiary box


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


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 […]

Herb garden box-hedge trimming


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 […]

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


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 […]

Buxus disease, Box Blight? Problem with box topiary


This year for the first time the boxwood topiary across the garden have dead branches. In most cases these are small branches but some instances are more serious and in one case it is a substantial part of a plant that is part of the o-karikomi and is highly visible. One of four plants […]

Timing for box-topiary trimming


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 […]

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 […]