woensdag 27 maart 2024

Whych elm (Ulmus glabra) airlayering

 Wasn't to scared to airlayer this Whych elms early on in the season. Airlayer substrate is vermiculite. Not much of a 'tree' yet, this very small trunklet. Original rootball is just nasty, not worth saving.

Horse chestnut

 This Horse chestnut (aesculus hippocastanum) was grown from a chestnut. About 8 tot 10years ago? Something like that.

First time in pot.

English oak, back in training

English oak, from a tiny seedling back in 1996/1997. Was once put in pot way to soon so spent several years in the ground again after I pruned it back heavily. Roots were plenty to ensure a save convert to training pot. Picture doesnt necessarily show the future front. Many years of growing ahead before it'll be more presentable. Even more years before it will end up in pot. Well, its english oak right...

Common alder (alnus glutinosa) update march 2024

One of the selfgrown alders.
Had to extend the deadwood on the trunk (some preservation of the wood still needed). Did some wiring. Picture is 2 weeks old, in the mean time the buds are opening.

This small Ulmus laevis (european white elm or fluttering elm) came from seed harvest about 7 or 8 years ago. Several years ago I planted it on a rock and left it to grow in the garden, controlling the growth once a year or every 2 years. Today I dug it out and put it in a plastic container. Because fluttering elm grows more like a multitrunk big shrub rather than a typical tree shape, I pruned it down hard and aim for a freestyle broom, or shrub look. Many years to go.

dinsdag 17 januari 2023

Hornbeam update 17.01.2023

Has been a while since I posted any progress on this european hornbeam (carpinus betulus). As you can see, still no 'pot'. I'm patient with this one. For those who don't know the history, I got this one in april 2012, from someone's +20yo hedge. Not much more than the trunk and a few big roots were left back then.

Little sycamore maple (acer pseudoplatanus)


The little sycamore maple on lavarock. Has been growing a few years in the ground and in this plastic crate. Long way still but this is just to prove that, with patience and continued clip/growth method, is IS possible to achieve a little more ramification.