Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Fall Collecting

Fall collecting at 3772.50ft amongst the mountains of Vancouver island. Here one finds basalt outcroppings and plateaus peppered with stands of pine and hemlock....amongst these mature standard like trees one finds the gnarled and ancient pines so suitable for artistic pursuits.


Anton finds a really good pine...

 About to dig a behemoth. Trunk width 11inches.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Storm Damage-Trident Maples

 Incredible gusts of 100 km winds picked up an entire greenhouse and tossed most of the trees across the yard like paper toys today. Four hours later all damages were repaired and trees relocated until the spring....which is now...

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Mountain Hemlock, Final cut.

Raised up slightly to show more trunk, also angled slightly up and to the left. 
Old pot, old angle. Nice, but a bit tired.

Mountain hemlock part II

Screened charcoal added to the soil mix

Pulling the top soil away reveals more interest and some extra trunk thickness

New pot

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

New Mountain Hemlock part I

Tsuga Mertensiana. Collected on Vancouver Island. Approximately 300 years old. Height 3 ft, trunk width at base 6.3 inches. First image after some light trimming, much more to come.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Mountain Hemlock #11

Collected on Vancouver island in 2007 at an altitude of apprx 4200ft. Roughly 200 years old. Several stylistically undesirable branches were removed, leaving the tree quite sparse. The last two years of growth have been vigorous and the tree is finally ready to look at again. The direction is somewhat obvious, it just needs some definition and more time.