Just after Christmas, a friend and I took a road trip to Maysville, GA, just northeast of Atlanta, to D & E Trees. Owner Dave Lapeyrouse met us at the gate in his 4-wheeler and drove us back into the beautiful rolling-hilled property to the growing fields.
There we were greeted by Dave’s trees, many planted a quarter-century ago for the purpose of Bonsai. Dave favors trident maples, Japanese black pines, and stewartia, and had a couple thousand to choose from. You tag, he dig.
Here are a few photos of the fields.
Japanese black pines:
Dave doesn’t ship, but if you’re looking for big material at a very reasonable price, email him at email@example.com, or call him at 985-688-3682.
In September 2015, nearly a year (2 months of which was procrastination) after wiring, it was definitely time to get the wires off! The tree has grown just fine all year.
When wires are as buried as these:
I try to make one decisive “dig” and cut with wire cutters:
When the wire is cut, I twist just a bit clockwise to loosen the coil:
And the wire comes off with minimal bark damage:
With the wire gone, it’s time to shape the tree. Not as aggressively as last fall this time…
Not bad for 3 1/2 years. 3/2012:
I don’t know about you, but when I take a few months off from wiring in the summer, I always feel like I need to “warm up” on a starter tree before moving up to some of the better ones. So, in the fall of 2014, I decided to rip into this one again. Not really the best time of year, but it still had a couple months to grow and harden off before winter.
Branches of all ilex are fragile and easily broken. They grow like mad, and usually many shoots from the same spot. This makes early styling relatively forgiving (until you get to the level of refinement Jonas has taken this one)
So, knuckles cracked, and we get to work. First reducing clumps of shoots down to pairs and in some cases, 3 to offer a backup:
From here, it was an exercise in reducing shoots down to pairs, then spreading them out with wire to set the “bones” of the secondary branches, and give the foliage some space in the sun.
Finished for the fall:
Did I mention this thing is pretty hefty?