New Japanese Garden WIP

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Re: New Japanese Garden WIP

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This thread is epic... it’s like the TV series you don’t want to end... it one of those left field shows you start to watch —- wondering why it’s even on the channel or how you started watching it but then you’re hooked ...
one day a bonsai may or may not appear in the garden... but I hope not for a while because I reckon that’ll signal the end of the show ...

I can imagine Damian as narrator saying: “Anyway I did all this really just to show of this one little pine my wife bought me 14.5 years ago - when I started this garden ... enjoy my bonsai!”


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Re: New Japanese Garden WIP

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MJL wrote: March 6th, 2021, 10:28 pm This thread is epic... it’s like the TV series you don’t want to end... it one of those left field shows you start to watch —- wondering why it’s even on the channel or how you started watching it but then you’re hooked ...
one day a bonsai may or may not appear in the garden... but I hope not for a while because I reckon that’ll signal the end of the show ...

I can imagine Damian as narrator saying: “Anyway I did all this really just to show of this one little pine my wife bought me 14.5 years ago - when I started this garden ... enjoy my bonsai!” ImageImage


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Haha, i must admit to feeling a little awkward creating such a huge thread that features no bonsai despite this being a bonsai forum...

i promise there'll be some sliiiiiightly more bonsai related musings coming! The big beastie yet to go in once some overhead branches are cut is a 3 or 4 meter long american white pine (either flexilis or strobus) 'yardadori' that'll need to be fully wired out....so that'll be fun :D

I'm just happy to hear you're still enjoying following along with it despite the sporadic updates and stone age paced progress! :tu:
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Re: New Japanese Garden WIP

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Nothing overlyyyyy exciting to report on juuuust yet as i'm still waiting on the big branches overhead to be cut which should be pretty early next month buuuuuut i got a little impatient today and added a few bags of dromana toppings and screenings to the path to get a bit more of an idea of how things will look when its done.

I'm pretty happy with the colour of the gravel mix and the contrast against the moss and plantings, although i'm hoping that with more time everything will settle in more, leaf out and get fuller and generally stop looking quite so 'raw'

Aside from that i've levelled the path a little more since my last post and have added in some more steps in an attempt to keep the gravel from washing away too much and i've added in a few more enkianthus and deciduous azalea plantings for good measure as well.
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Re: New Japanese Garden WIP

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Awesome Damien
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Re: New Japanese Garden WIP

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A bit of a small update tonight just to prove i've not been completely lazy these past few weeks...

I'm still waiting on the arborists to come early next week to chop some big overhead branches so i've been a bit limited in what i'm able to do in terms of planting or heavy landscaping in those areas and i've also been forced to keep the driveway (relatively) clear for access for their mulching machine...

buuuuut.....

When i stopped by for a quick look at the rock yard last week to see if they had anything interesting i just couldnt resist the temptation....soooo....cue one small load of nice rocks with a few big boys tossed in for good measure....

Although progress has been at its usual slow pace, i've been able to get the biggest boulders into place and have started to sort out the smaller ones to go in around them.
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A rare action shot of yours truly moving the biggest one up one of the rocky embankments i'd already built....it was nowhere near as dodgy as it looks though, as with the tripod legs dug into the ground with timber blocks at the bottom of the holes everything was pretty solid and safe against tipping
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You can make out the biggin in the background near the large rhododendrons - the plan is to slightly raise the soil level in front of it into a gentle slope and to further increase the soil height behind it and to the left to create a raised bed to be planted with a range of mostly deciduous shrubs and a LOT of moss and mondo.

At this point its a bit too busy for my liking so i'm thinking of removing the maple and pieris near the front, raising the soil in those areas and simply planting the whole area up with more moss.

I've also been doing some more work a little further along the garden path, trying to build up another area of rock work to help support yet ANOTHER raised bed which will be planted with a japanese maple, enkianthus and possibly either a black or red pine or a pieris ...depending on how much light the arborists are able to give me by taking some problem trees out.
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Its all looking pretty chaotic and intense at the moment but once i'm able to start raising up the ground level and filling in the gaps between some of the rocks with more soil, moss and plantings i think it'll soften nicely.

Anyways, thats all for this installment, thanks for reading! :)
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Re: New Japanese Garden WIP

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Though a bit of an underwhelming looking update, this was nonetheless a big milestone for me thus far....now that the arborists have done their thing and thinned out the overhead liquid amber branches and removed a few unwanted trees, i've FINALLY been able to move my big American white pine into its approximate place.
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I still have to build up the soil levels quite a lot around it to create another moss covered hill behind it which will rise up to meet the big rock on the right and will be planted with mostly deciduous azaleas and enkianthus.

The pine's branches still need a proper wiring and styling, but i think even in its rough state you get some idea of what the final result might be like...

A lot of the deciduous plants in the garden are taking their time to come into their full autumn colour and those that have seem to have peaked early, but even still...things are starting to get the sort of look i wanted for them. Though ultimately i'd like to grow almost everything to much larger sizes to really create a layered autumnal backdrop to highlight the pines in amongst it all
...fingers crossed that once everything gets a bit more established their autumn season colour change might be a bit more even from one plant to the next
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:tu: :tu: Truly a monumental undertaking, Especially for a single-handed effort without earth/rockmoving machinery. Will it ever be finished? ;)
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Re: New Japanese Garden WIP

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Raging Bull wrote: April 29th, 2021, 11:17 am :tu: :tu: Truly a monumental undertaking, Especially for a single-handed effort without earth/rockmoving machinery. Will it ever be finished? ;)
Cheers, Frank.
Thanks mate!
As hard as it is to believe looking at its current state....i'm not toooooooooo far off 'finishing' this main garden....
I'd say there's another 6 ish months of work involved in the earth and rock moving plus a few more for planting everything, but by the end of the year it should be pretty well together....i think ;) :fc:

...then we can start on the never ending job of pruning and developing it haha
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Re: New Japanese Garden WIP

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Another day another update! Annnnnnnd an exciting new purchase!
Although my wallet and savings no doubt hate me for it...i couldnt help myself on Saturday when i stumbled across this mature Japanese red pine

Its about 2 meters tall and has developed some pretty good exfoliating orange bark throughout most of its branches and is juuuuust starting to get some thicker plated bark forming on the lower trunk.

For now it'll just have to sit on the sidelines while i continue to build up and extend the garden beds more, but i've got a pretty good spot picked out for it where it will be elevated up quite high on a rocky embankment so that it'll be able to reach out over the pathway....though...thats still a ways off yet!
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Also, hopefully these variations on the same view arent getting too boring for everyone, but with how strange this autumn has been i think this is likely to be the most uniform show of colour i'll get before things start to lose their leaves....i think you can sortttt of get an idea for the layered look i've been trying to achieve, even if it is a little rough and ready at this stage
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Alas...its still got a long ways to go before it starts to get the look of the garden that largely inspired it, Ginkakuji in Kyoto....
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Anyways....Thanks for following along!
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Re: New Japanese Garden WIP

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Beers at your place I reckon Damien. :beer:
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