Showing posts from November, 2014

Cornus mas - Initial styling

Yamadori collected in 2012 in the hilly area of central Bohemia.   First shaping has been carried out  in June 2014.  I have changed the angle of the main brach by notching it on the top and bringing it closer to the trunk by a guy wire.   The notch on the top side of the branch works better for me than the notch on the bottom.  You do not need to worry too much about the connection of the cambium and the flow of saps seems to be less disturbed.   Most of the time the callus covers the notch within 12 - 24 months.  I have also wired and shaped the branches. October 2013 November 2014 Bottom right arrow - position of the notch.  The callus has nearly closed the notch Top right arrow - problematic thickned area.  Too many braches there. Needs to be fixed. Left arrow - a stump of the branch. Will be removed and converted into shari/jin Detail of the current shari

Yamadori - Prunus mahaleb

C ollected in 2012.   First spot in winter 2010/11.  Due to the local conditions - very dry rocky terrain -  the tree has developed  a long feeding root connected to the pocket of  soil below the tree.  The majority of the roots of the main trunk has penetrate the rock base in a desperate search of scarce water supply.  A difficult pick.     In spring 2011 I have taken some soil off around of the main trunk exposing its roots.  Then the soil has been replaced by a mixture of  coarse akadama,  sphagnum moss and few doses of osmocote fertilizer.   (  I prefer to use this anorganic stuff to commercial organic ones to avoid damage by wild boars who love the taste of my organic pellets.  As the other alternative I am using  the roe deer's or hare's droppings ).        In the course of 2011 I have visited the site several times to check the conditions and mainly to bring some water supply.  The long feeding root has been gradually cut off at a reasonable distance from