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Overall measurements to reduce maintenance, continued 3

Larix, after cutting Again, a beautiful mature tree but just too un-maintainable, at least after my illness as described in: “Less is more”? Overall measurements to reduce maintenance. Future will tell how this will develop. The tree is very strong and I have a good feeling about it. The first in this series was: “Less is more”? [...]

Wisteria sinensis winter pruning

Over winter the Wisteria side shoots need to get pruned back to 6 to 10 cm long (2.5 – 4 inch), leaving only 2 or 3 buds on the side-shoots. These will be the flowering spurs on the Wisteria. This pruning should be carried out each year. The only shoots to be left untouched […]

Abies procera “Glauca” (Noble Fir) tidy-up

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This is part of the activity I discussed in Niwaki-trees annual pruning and trimming for shape and size. Because of the exceptional attributes of this Abies I wanted to show some additional photo’s, and here they are. This is about our Abies procera “Glauca” (Noble Fir or Blue Noble Fir). In its native environment this […]

Niwaki-trees annual pruning and trimming for shape and size

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Most of the solitary trees need one major annual treatment of pruning and trimming for shape and size. After 12 years in our garden, most trees ar some 15 to 17 years of age and have now reached the right size and often the right shape. It is in particular the shape that can […]

Midoritsumi or ‘green picking’ the pine-trees

pinus-densiflora-before-midoritsumi-IMG_4269This year we had an early and fabulous spring with summer-like temperatures and little, actually far too less, rainfall. After the autumn momiage, removing dead needles from pine, this is the next major activity related to pine. Where in the previous year and in May 2009 I applied midoritsumi or ‘green picking’ of the pine [...]

Abundant bloom of our Wisteria sinensis

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In last years post Wisteria sinensis in bloom I wrote about the differences in the flowering over the years. 2010 was an extremely poor year. Last year we counted only about 100 pendulous racemes with flowers at any one time. In April 2009 it looked fabulous with over 600 racemes, at one time ! […]

Trimming the topiary O-karikomi (buxus) sculpture

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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

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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 […]

Ulmus parvifolia, Elm-tree pollarding and thinning

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A previous post was named Ulmus parvifolia, Elm-tree prunning and was about interim pruning. This post is about the annual pruning, in particular topping and thinning to retain the desired size and shape. This is also called pollarding, the annual removal of all of the previous year’s growth, resulting in a flush of slender […]

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 […]