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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 […]

Hako-zukuri style Prunus lusitanica “tree” tuning


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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hako-zukuri style Prunus lusitanica “tree”


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 […]