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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 […]

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 […]

Karikomi style Prunus lusitanica, pruning for shape and growth


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


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 […]