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What tools to use to trim Buxus topiary shrubs?

I think the complete question should read like: What tools to use to trim Buxus topiary shrubs … in a Japanese- and more specifically Zen-garden? Most of the karikomi and hako-zukuri topiary and other shrubs are the evergreen Buxus sempervirens (Box or Boxwood). Throughout the years I have used, or perhaps it is better to […]

Tsukiyama, the edges in the main-garden


The weather is great for gardening. Partially overcast and around 20 degree Centigrade (68 °F). After the Tsukiyama/gravel-edges in the front-garden we did a couple of days ago we yesterday clipped the Leptinella Tsukiyama / Ginshanada-edges in the main-garden compartment as described in post ‘Tsukiyama, the edges in the front-garden’. Some job, because the length […]

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 […]