A Visitor Bearing Trees

My good friend Gerry paid a visit to my garden today and he brought along a few trees to get some advice and help with their future development.

The first was a very healthy looking Juniper Rigida. After we had a good look at the tree from all angles, I suggested a slight change of angle and a reduction in the height of the apex. I also thined some of the vigourous growth and brought the lowest branch, which was growing towards the rear in this picture, forward to the front and right.

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This is how it looked half an hour later after carrying out the work and applying a little wire. A lovely little tree, well on the way to becoming a nice shohin,

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The next up was this little zelkova, which has a nice tapering trunk but the ramification is weak on the right hand side

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This tree needs to put on a lot of new growth next season to show a significant improvement, so we just thinned out the thicker branches in the apex and shortened a few others that had grown too long.

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The final tree was a little deshojo maple. At the start of the year this tree had virtually no branches, so it was allowed to grow unchecked in order to develop some to work with.

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We selected a possible front for the tree and removed branches that would not be useful in the future. It has quite a nice nebari from this chosen angle although it hidden at the moment by the moss soil

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It’s nice to be allowed to work on someone else’s trees for a change. A most enjoyable day in good company.

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