Big footed larch_initial styling

I feel very happy that I have decided to collect this little fella in the end.  It certainly doesn't look as a tree with great potential in 2D, but my eyes see something different.  The future will see who is right.

But even now one can appreciate the first sign of maturity of the bark and what is even more important - short internodes.   Not to mention the vigour of the tree.  

As the trunk is slightly S shaped ( from the top ) I have decided to follow this flow also on the canopy - it will be much longer on the right side.

This is my preferred "front"  +/-   Well, at the moment.  

The other side. 

Short internodes.   I hope it is not just result of the heavy bending ... 

Initial signs of maturity of the bark.  Flaky-I guess this is the right word to describe the character of the well aged bark on larches or spruces.    A bark that should force you to hold your breath.  Either because you are so impressed or just affraid you might destroy it...


Prunus spinosa_shohin

Strange.   We are getting closer to the summer solstice, but since the end of May beginning of June I have had a feeling that the days are getting shorter and shorter. 
After the hectic repotting season I thought there will be a reasonable  period of  relative calm ( well, sort of ) but the very dry weather has forced me to spend much more time with the watering can than expected.  
Anyway.  Today, as the sky has been overcast for the whole day - hard to believe - I have revisited this little Prunus with my shears.  Hardy noticeable partical defoliation.  Looking at the pics I guess I should take another round there... And calibrate the white on my camera.

Height 15 cm ca


Big footed larch_bending thick trunk

I have spotted this little larch back in 2008 or so.   And our relations have evolved from " this is it" to  " well,  maybe later" and finally to "OK, lets go" in spring 2015.
Why all this hesitation?
First, I was not sure if I like the bulb shaped base of the tree.  And frankly, I do have doubts even now...
Second - the major part of the trunk has been just like a straight beam.  No taper, no movement.

Spring 2017.
Time to work on the straight trunk.   My favourite (Double C)n  method =  multiple Cut and Close method. 


I have planned a bit more acute angle, but the tree was not very happy about it.  At a certain moment I have heard a cracking noise and after an inspection I have discovered quite nasty looking crack just above the cut.  So I have stopped it.  Hoping it was not too late...

Spring 2018
The larch has recovered  and produced a good number of new shoots.

The crack covered nicely by callus



New bench in making_part 2_Nearly finished

Slats  ( Larch )

35 x 25 x 400
Why to go for slats perpendicular to the axes of the rail board if they take much more time to process?
I believe it allows better circulation of air.  So it should be better for the trees.   And if this  " better circulation " is true, then my humidity trays should provide even better environment for my trees ( I will cover this a bit later ).

Rails  ( Spruce )

I have opted for a 140 x 25 mm profile.  Solid and good bending resistance.  A torsion could be a problem with such thin elements,  but I am not too much concerned about that as the distance between the poles is just 2000 mm.

Wood protection

Osmo stain.  Please note the additional protection of the face of the poles.  A piece of a rubber foil.


Simple butt joints have been used. 
Stainless screws 4,5 x 60 mm
Additional reinforcement  on the poles  to support the wooden rails

Nearly finished.  Still need to make c. 20 additional slats.  

Humidity trays

I am planning to squeeze a 75 mm plastic tube ( split into half pipes )  between the wooden rails.   The tube will be filled with some material with a good soaking capacity.  Most probably some kind of moss.


New bench in making...

I do spent more and more time thinking how should I reduce the number of my trees.   I do realise I have too many of them.  How do I know?  Easy.  The joy of keeping  trees is gradually but steadily evaporating and changing into a chore...I hate to end up with neglected trees full of quick wood.

To start with I have decided to occupy more space on our balcony.  Sounds strange, isn't.  Reduction x More space for trees?  Never mind.  I will get there one day. For sure.  I hope.

A solid rack to start with.   Mortise and tenom.  No iron to hold it together. Just dowels.

Now working on the top frame.  Slats and Rails.  


Pyracantha blossoms nearly in full bloom...


Celtis occidentalis

I must have lost last few remains of my  active brain cells....

This is a first shot of  the planned time lapse series. 

The ramification is a bit weak  at the moment and the nebari doesn't look good either.   But it is just a matter of time to get there.
Anyway, plannig the first pruning in next few days  to remove the taproots at least on some of the seedlings to see how it develops.   I have tested this method of flat root development  successfully on Cydonia oblonga and it works well there.

Big footed larch_initial styling

I feel very happy that I have decided to collect this little fella in the end.  It certainly doesn't look as a tree with great potential...