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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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