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Thursday, 30 April 2015

Larch revamp.

Last week I decided to do a major revamp on this Larch which I have had for a long time.
I was a little unhappy with this tree for quite a while and thus it has been left to one side and not been worked on.

Now however it has been drastically changed. 

I started by wiring one branch.

Then removed the rest of the tree.

Now after some work on the Jin and coating with Lime Sulpher

A more refined image which I am very pleased with.
Now I will have to look for a better pot before next Spring.

Monday, 27 April 2015

Natter night 27th April 2015.

First thing tonight I would like to know what happened to the glorious weather we had last week?

Tonight was cold, wet and we even had some hail and snow.

Rant over and back to the matter in hand, my natter night.

I will start with this photo of my Dawn Redwood, which is looking better every day and putting on more foliage every day. I can almost see it growing.

This is how much snow we had tonight so we were not sitting outside.

However the trees are still on the benches.

My only visitor who brought a tree was Andy P, who came with this Acer Palmatum,

The colour of the new foliage is beautiful and fresh.

A short but sweet post, maybe next week I will have more to write about.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Hawthorn forest update.

I promised to post some more photos of my Hawthorn forest and here they are.

This was about six years ago.

In the spring 2009.

This was about three years ago.

After removing the apex from the tallest tree on the right to move the apex to the left.

Taken this morning.
The view from the back.
A close up of the group.

All it needs now is to flower, which it has never done.

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Hawthorn forest latest photo.

Here is the latest photo of my Hawthorn forest, taken a few moments ago.

It seems to be growing very strong this year and putting on a lot of foliage.

Larch Jin work.

This morning I have been doing a little work on the Jin on my Larch.

Now I just have to find the right pot.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Cooling down.

The forecasters say it is going to cool down this weekend, but while the sun has been very nice this week the trees have really responded to it.

My Quince flowers have opened.

Strawberry flowers also open.

Hawthorn flowers almost there.

Acer Palmatum doing well.

Spirea coming along nicely.

Literati Larch also doing well.

Buds all over this Shohin Common Juniper.

I hope the cooler weather they are forecasting does not last very long. 

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Today at Ken's.

Today Mike R and myself paid a visit to Ken M's garden out in the country side and as usual Ken had ordered some good weather for us.

After some refreshments and a look round, Mike and Ken started to remove the wire from this Yew, which was quite a task as there was a lot to take off.

With all the wire gone the tree looks as if the branches have set quite good.

I meanwhile was busy wiring and clipping this Squamata Juniper.

Now it looks a much finer image than before.

Still a way to go but much improved.

Some of Ken's other trees.

A small Cotoneaster, which Mike clipped a little.

A very nice Larch, out in full foliage.

A Common Juniper with the new buds starting to form.

Four Pines, all looking splendid.

It was a very good day and nice being back in Ken's garden.
The bacon buttie was good as well.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Urban Yamadori.

I collected these three Yamadori yesterday from a couple of gardens near where I live.

This first one is a Berberris. All three were collected and potted within one hour.

After a good cut back to allow light into the inside, also to give the roots less to feed.

This False Cypress Boulevard was the next to be cut back and a clean out of dead foliage.

One or two possibilities for styling when it recovers.

This one looks like a Hinoki of sorts.

There could be a lot of deadwood on this one when styled.

They were all destined for the skip, so in theory I hope to have saved them.
Time will tell!

Monday, 20 April 2015

Natter night 20th April 2015.

Great weather, good company and a great atmosphere all go to make another great natter night at my place.
With nine visitors we were able to do some work in the garden instead of being a bit crushed in the studio.

I started today to do some drastic work on this Larch tree, which I have had for a long time, by wiring the lower branch to see if it would be possible to remove all the rest from the top.

When I took this photo close up of the new branch I decided to go ahead with the big chop.

I think it is going to work very well as a single branch tree and I am pleased with the result.

Next was this Arctic Beech belonging to John who was helped by mike R to bring some of the branches into a better position.

A little work makes a big difference.

This small Larch was wired and clipped to improve the image. turned out very nice.

Meanwhile Sue was removing wire from this Shohin Hinoki Cypress.

It will be left for a while, then rewired and trimmed a little.
A lovely little tree Sue.

Packing up time John?

Ken even had time to play peekaboo from behind his Squamata Juniper, which he brought to remove the wire.

Still hiding, but the branches did not move very far after the wire came off.

I really enjoy my natter nights and hope everyone else does.
They must do or they would not keep coming back.