Thursday, March 26, 2015



Couple of accents, The goal is to collect and keep alive local vegetation to make interesting accents. These both came from the back yard.

This first one has been identified as a Red Deadnettle

This moss came from the back yard. I thought it looked pleasing in this small pot.

Both of these pots came from the little auctions at the club meetings. I swear it's an exercise in donating the same junk you won last meeting but it helps the club so it's worth it. 

Cheers, B

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Barberry Update

Some lovely little leaves:

Cheers, B. 

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Workshop Trident Maple Forest


Last night we had our club meeting. About 30 people showed up to produce trident forests or observe. I grabbed a first timer to help me out and sat with two others. Trident whips were a plenty as we arranged our composition in our trays. This is my first go at it but I'm fairly happy with the results. The pictures came from a cell phone but it's the best I have until I take real ones when it leafs out. The buds are pushing right now. I expect a couple weeks before the next update.

Here's a fuzzy me and a fuzzy J.P. attaching whips to the tray.

And here is where we ended up. Topped with Sphagnum to hold moisture, this forest is living under the canopy of my deck, out of the wind.

Cheers, B.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Ursula Update

This post features one of our first digs, Ursula. When it was dug we thought it was a hornbeam only to later find out it was a red maple. Easiest dig to date with no tap root to be found as it was growing in the mud by a stream.

Some History

This weekend the wife and I worked to carve down some of the heavy dead wood on top and get it into a smaller pot with more suitable free draining soil:

To remove this soil, I simply shook entire tree over my grow bed and the particles fell out quickly.

Not bad for growing in turface/pumice/chicken grit.

 I like to employ excellent help when repotting larger trees like this one.

If you can spot the pieces of my fingers left behind I'll send you a free bag of akadama.

Far from finished having dropped so many branches but this view gives an idea of where we are aiming with this material. 

Cheers, B.

Beginner's Workshop

This past weekend, our club put on our semi annual beginner's workshop. It usually boasts a fairly impressive turn out and this event was no different. The RBS president, Thomas, put up facebook pictures.

Your humble author will not be seen in any of these shots because fatherly duties were far more pressing. However, I did get to host a small beginner's workshop of my own with one of my young apprentices:

This is her only tree and I try to have her tend to its needs whenever possible. After using a chopstick to work the soil into the roots, she knows to water until it runs clear from the drainage hole. Now if only I could get her wiring skills up to par...

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I had thought this one had been shared before but it looks like not. This was purchased at a regular nursery as a lawn shrub. It was around 3.5 feet when I bought it and had an employee cut it down to height right there in the nursery. It was cut back hard, allowed to grow out, then cut back hard again. It been resting since last summer and this past weekend it was repotted and given its first rough styling.


Cheers, B