Mid-year Review

Thought it was time to update a few projects that have been written about over the last couple years.

First up is a Japanese Black Pine that Peter Warren started in 2011, and worked again on his return that fall. The development post is here.


Next up, an Itoigawa Juniper, also worked initially with Peter Warren, and further with Bjorn when he was here this spring. We extended the Shari down the trunk, and defined a few primary branches. It’s still a little sparse, but has been filling in with mature foliage this year! The development post is here.


Since we’re on junipers, here is another. This is a shimpaku I’ve been working on (or puzzling out) for the last 4.5 years. It’s good material, just unconventional. I worked on it for 3 years with Kathy Shaner, then this spring with Bjorn. I’m very happy with how it’s developed. Check out the humble beginnings here. Next year, a suitable pot!


How about a pyracantha? The berries are covering this thing right now. Soon they will be a nice orange to compliment that beautiful Aiba Koyo pot. A look back is at this post.


Next up, my ume. Not in bloom, just rangy as anything, and mostly dormant right now. I’ve written quite a bit about this tree as I’ve gotten to know it over the last few years. Most recently, this post.


This ezo spruce has been a fun project, and very responsive to training. Presently, it’s job is to grow…as much as it wants. Maybe next fall it will get another haircut.


Finally, a newer project, this Taihei corkbark black pine. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get the planting angle right without jeopardizing the roots, so it’s not oriented exactly as I intended, but with some wiring this fall, and potentially a minor repot next spring, it will be coming right along.



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