Friday, August 11, 2017


I've always appreciated Root over rock compositions. Hell there was once a root over RUIN composition on bnut that may have helped shaped my method on this one. SO anyways, as I try to find as many ways to use the trident whips I buy each year from Matt, kaedebonsai-en on ebay, I decided to give this method a go. It's not hard and if you've already clicked the link to bnut, you're ahead of me.

But I did pop a 36" PVC pipe into the ground in the back yard. I filled that tube with my typical deciduous mix; lava, pumice, akadama, and bark fines, and planted this little guy in there.

But that sucker died due to lack of water. 
The end. 

No, not really. Since this area of the backyard gets water from newly installed irrigation, it's much easier to care for the "grow out" section of my collection. Replanted a whipp and this time topped it off with sphagnum moss to insulate and retain more life-saving water. I'll pull it this april and see how far along the roots are. Guess it's time to find a decent rock or mini statue. 

Will update when I pull it out to inspect the roots. (Apologies for the green on green)



Wednesday, August 9, 2017

I bought a Trident Stump for $20

Maybe 3 years back I picked up a trident stump. Now I'm trying to find all my old pictures but that means digging into old machines and cards that I no longer use. I'll get to it. I will.

Suffice it to say it was just a stump. I've grown some branches, thread grafted one branch and almost lost it to heat this past summer. Having relocated it, it's doing well again and this is its debut online.
Here we can see the tree getting a bit too much sun and some of the leaves are damaged. I moved it to a shadier spot in the yard where it'd get more water... my back porch.

I had to chop off the top eventually. Too much dead tissue. It's a lot shorter now.

Here's the earliest picture I have of the thread graft. First successful one.

In this shot you can see, years later, that the emerging branch is more than double the size of where it goes in.
I slowly weakened the input branch so it would cease feeding the graft. It worked. It's dead in this image.


And now I've a bean pole with an extra branch. Next year I'm going to have to ground layer this tree and start the hard part of making it interesting. 

Trident Forest


A while ago I started this trident forest at a RBS meeting. Here's how it started off:

Over the years, I lost a tree here and there. Luckily I always have trident whips growing for just this reason. Well other reasons too but this reason too. 

Here's how it looks today. Overgrown and it has no shape yet.

As shown here, some of these need to come out or be repositioned. That will happen this year when I repot before bud break. I'll also be cutting this down this winter time. Not only but also for storage reasons. 

I should weed more. 

Here's a little group of 5 I have growing through a CD. I believe it'll need one more year until I can separate the roots proper from roots that will self-air layer above the disc. 



Friday, August 4, 2017

Update on the yew

Here's a recent shot of the yew from a nursery plant:

As it fills out, it's becoming a nicer tree. When the straight trunk is covered it will look much better.

An Azalea Stump Update

Took a few quick shots last night as an update and log of this azalea. I cut it back once while it was growing strong and it bounced right back strongly. Unfortunately, an irrigation malfunction made for some ugly leaf burn but with added water and more sun protectiong it's made a clear rebound. 

First time we saw this tree here.

Here's after the first cut back:

Here's last night:

On this last shot you can see the damage on the right side. I'm confident we can overcome this one.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

An azalea stump

Picked this one up over the winter. Chopped it super low and it's just started pushing buds. Will be keeping an eye on this one. The trunk is pretty nice at almost 2 inches across, decent movement and low branches made this a steal at $70.


Tuesday, April 4, 2017


I think this is a euonymus. It was gifted to me about 2.5 years ago. Minimal wire, just clip and grow.

We'll see what becomes of this one.