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Book review: Niwaki by Jake Hobson


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 […]

Chamaecyparis Lawsonia trimming


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


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 […]

Nothofagus antarctica, pruning for shape


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 […]

Larix (Europeaus) decidua, fukinaoshi-pruning


We prune our Larix (Larch) for shape. This pruning is part of a long running fukinaoshi treatment and entails pruning for shape and applies to most of our tall trees. We started this activity in 2008, after I got hold of the book “Niwaki” by Jake Hobson. I will later write a book review […]

Midoritsumi or ‘green picking’ Pinus densiflora


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 […]