With an increase in the daytime temperatures some of my small trees are beginning to wake up from their winter sleep Her are some pictures of the ones that have been re-potted this year.
Acer Palmatum Deshogo shohin
Chojubai Quince shohin
Old Yamadori Hawthorn in a new Ian Baillie pot
2 more homegrown shohin Hawthorns
2 shohin trident maples. Both these trees suffered a bit last year, each losing a good lower branch due to the long cold winter but they are looking much stronger this year.
My 2 Zelkovas are usually the last of my trees to leaf out. the buds are swelling at the moment but it will be a few weeks before the new leaves return.
And finally today, this isn’t new spring growth but I couldn’t resist showing it anyway. One of my cotoneasters still looking great with a good crop of last years berries still intact.
When the vibrant colours of the new Spring growth begin to appear, its definitely my favourite time of year. Here are some pictures of the trees that have sprung into life first.
This shohin Yew has new buds everywhere, much earlier than previous years
My Acer Shishigashira is always the first of my maples to leaf out
Larches always look their best at this time
Its been about 3 years since the trees that I worked on today were last re-potted. In that period, the roots have filled the pots and growth has slowed down as a result of that. The first 2 are larches in development that are beginning to look good and now deserve to be planted in better quality pots.
Larch 1 before
When deciding when to re-pot a larch, I tend to wait until the weather warms up and the buds begin to swell as can be seen in the following picture.
Often, in the past, when I’ve re-wired trees into their new pots, I have discovered that the desired centre line of the tree in the pot is not where I planed it to be. It is worth taking care at this stage to ensure that the tree is positioned exactly where you want it to be; because if it isn’t, it may be a few years before its corrected.
This is how the first tree looks at the moment in its new Walsall Ceramics pot.
The second larch before
And this is how it looks now in a new oval pot by Walsall Ceramics
Next up was my Shishigashira maple which has been in this nice Walsall pot for several years now.
This is how it looks at the moment in a new oval pot by Eimei at the Yozan kiln.
And finally, I finished today by re-potting my shohin cork bark elm. Its been in this little green Erin pot for a few years now and will remain there for the foreseeable future. It needed a clean to remove the winter algae and moss. This is how it looked before todays work.
And this is how it looks at the moment
Here are a few recent pictures of some of my shohin maples in winter image. The first one is a trident maple in a Japanese pot by Eimei
Number 2 is an Acer Palmatum Deshojo in a yellow pot by Shibakatsu
The third is an Acer Shishigashira in a pot by Walsall Ceramics. The buds on this one are starting to swell, so it will soon be time to re-pot it.
Here are 2 more shohin trees that were partially defoliated today
Acer Shishigashira before
Acer Shishigashira after
Zelkova Serrata before
Zelkova Serrata after
Now that the winter maintenance on my larches has been completed for another year it’s time to start work on my deciduous trees. Here is a group picture of some of the better ones I will be working on this week, weather permitting of course.
The daytime temperatures in my greenhouse are beginning to rise and the buds are starting to swell but with night time temperatures likely to fall below zero, extra vigilance is required to ensure that no damage is done. This is the riskiest time of year for small trees in small pots.