Preparing a trees for show, whether it is an “in-progress” tree or a formal display is gratifyingly tedious labor. It is, however, a labor of love. To day I cleaned a boxwood that I was originally going to make part of a formal display realizing that it was not where ready for the stage. It
It is February and buds of many trees are starting to push already here in California. Roots are moving and buds pushing so that means it is time to re-pot many trees. The Diamyo Oak is a prize in the collection and is over 55 years old. It was last re-potted 5 years ago in
Silverberry 2015. It is cold outside with some near freezing temperatures so all the sensitive material moves indoors. It is a great opportunity to ponder tree styles and appreciate the years work. This tree has developed considerably over the past 4 years. The leaf size has been greatly reduced. I am still trying to figure
2014 was a year of letting trees grow and develop. I did get to show in two area shows. I have also enjoyed teaching/leading several workshops in my area. Here are some of the trees that showed this year.
The proud owner of the SBBK raffled Ficus and I got to spend some time re-potting her new tree. Donna F. won the tree with a promise of my assistance for the transplanting. We found that the root mass was a beautiful fine mass with no large heavy roots. The pot we chose will be
This year I have been working these ficus trees a great deal. They have been cut back, up-potted, defoliated, and wired. Now it is time to reap the rewards. These trees all still need considerable work. Growing them in California can be challenging because of low humidity, dry burning sun, hard water. This year our
This little gem is a Trident Maple Shohin that has been in training for over 15 years. It has a powerful trunk and some nice roots that I am still working to develop. I could not resist taking this picture after a summer defoliation. The leaves are twice as small as they were during our
Today was a Ficus trimming day. Many of my trees have been grow mode since the April show and were full of foliage and getting stronger. Once they reach that state and the temperatures are stable in the 80’s and 90’s I can trim them back substantially to improve branch development and smaller foliage. One
It is now summer of 2013 and our redwood is growing nicely. I must, during this time of year, pinch the fine light green leaves to keep the inter nodes short and the foliage compact. Below you can see how the tree has grown and some initial summer pruning.
Ficus after second trimming this year in preparation for the the SBBK (San Mateo) August club demo. Now after a few months of growth the tree is ultra full again awaiting its August demo.