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.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

New shohin mugo pines

Dwarf mugo pines. Exactly 7 years from cuttings. The needle length on these little conifers averages about 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch long. Trunk thickness is roughly the same. Height is 4 inches for the smallest and up to 6 inches for the larger ones. They will go into small ceramic pots soon where they will grow, very slowly, into fat little sumo wrestlers...

Monday, April 9, 2012

Coastal Hemlock-Tsuga Heterophylla

Coast Hemlock clump on a basalt dish. From collected seedlings. Approximate age is 15 years. It was planted on this stone only 6 months ago, so it will need 2-3 years to fill out before any artistic direction can be made.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Pinus contorta contorta, Shore pines, collected.

The first tree is 31 inches tall, trunk thickness is 3 inches. In training 2.5 years.

The second tree is 28 inches tall, trunk thickness 3.2 inches. In training 2 years.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012