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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”? [...]

Frost damage 2011/2012, final damage report

As I already wrote in Frost damage, to survive or to die ? for the first time in the life of Tsubo-en we have major frost damage. Now in June we can draw conclusions. Although most of our Prunus Lusitanica in the frond garden had some or major damage, after careful pruning, all are [...]

Frost damage, to survive or to die ?

As mentioned in my earlier post Tracks in the snow we had an unusual winter with extreme frost. This is the first time ever that we have substantial frost damage. Although we have previously had these low temperatures and minor damages, the combination of factors this year was very different and fatal to some […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]