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Post  Harleyrider on Sun Sep 13, 2009 4:13 pm

I just wanted to show you the 80 (ish) yr old privet stump I lifted today. It's one of 7 I currently have, and there are still around a dozen yet to collect!
I know there is too much height here, but I wanted to leave enough trunk to give me (or whoever ends up owning it) plenty of options.

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Post  JimLewis on Sun Sep 13, 2009 5:05 pm

Looks like fun for someone. Dunno if you said somewhere, but why dig it now?

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Post  Harleyrider on Sun Sep 13, 2009 5:21 pm

Hi JIm. I was given permission to collect the stumps a few months ago, and at the time there was no rush. However, I recently heard that the land is due to be levelled, so it's now or never.
I'm pretty sure that privet are indestructible anyway, so I figured 'why not'.

BTW, did you notice that I'm using the pond plant baskets that you suggested? I'm going to be trying various containers for the rest of the stumps to see what results I get.

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Post  Lee Kennedy on Sun Sep 13, 2009 8:10 pm

Hi steve,this will thrive at this time of the year,they are as near indestructible as i've seen!
Thanks for the pm,only just seen it today,been logged out for ages,this is the first day i've had off work since i seen you,i've got some neglected tree's now!

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Post  AlainK on Sun Sep 13, 2009 8:40 pm

Lee Kennedy wrote: (...),this is the first day i've had off work since i seen you (..)

Are you from Manchester too?...

It's nice when we know where people live, if they are Manx, Brummies, Geordies, Limeys, Oranges, Orang-Utans, Usonians, Froggies, etc. : follow Kev's advice, update your profile and say where you live: depending on the location, the answers are more or less relevant.

This being said, I would definitely make a jin out of the biggest trunk on the left in the first picture: I find it's too straight, and as Lee Kennedy said "they are as near indestructible".

So destroy and construct: less is more (and zzzat kind of stuff Cool )

For me, it's too high now, and you might even have problems with keeping it alive next year if you leave it so tall in that container, but I may be wrong: I' don't pretend to know more than you, that's just what i feel.

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Post  AlainK on Mon Sep 14, 2009 12:27 am

This is how I see it:








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Post  mike Bat on Mon Sep 14, 2009 12:37 am

that stump is a beast ... it will take time ,, but what a nice peice of materal ... i agree ^^^ ,, but maybe more deadwood ....

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Post  Kev Bailey on Mon Sep 14, 2009 9:16 am

Some great potential here Steve. Well done with the last minute "rescue". It should do fine, with a bit of shade in the current sunny spell. Regular misting helps too.

Mike Bat, Deadwood is fine on the right species, but with privet it will only last a year or two, even with good care.

AlainK, with comments like that, to a Scouser, you could easily start a Franco Liverpudlian war! Laughing

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Post  fiona on Mon Sep 14, 2009 9:22 am

Kev Bailey wrote:AlainK, with comments like that, to a Scouser, you could easily start a Franco Liverpudlian war!
A Manco-Scouse war. affraid Heaven forfend!

Steve, I feel I should take all the privet stumps into safe keeping just in case.

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Post  Harleyrider on Mon Sep 14, 2009 6:51 pm

There's been a Manco-Scouse war of words going on for decades, but it's more underground these days!

Some good ideas there. Alain. I was thinking of keeping more of the big trunk, perhaps hollowing it it out. Then a nicely domed double-apex with the smaller trunk, or maybe just a few branches higher up with well-defined pads?

Fiona, I had you in mind when I collected this. It's one of the stumps I'll be bringing to Burrs, although you may have to scrap it out with Monkey Boy for first dibs!

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Post  fiona on Mon Sep 14, 2009 7:07 pm

Harleyrider wrote: Fiona, I had you in mind when I collected this. It's one of the stumps I'll be bringing to Burrs, although you may have to scrap it out with Monkey Boy for first dibs!
Oh, that's a no contest! There may be blood though!

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Post  Harleyrider on Mon Sep 14, 2009 7:39 pm

I've been to parties like that before!

Seriously though, I'll be bringing half a dozen or so of the stumps I've managed to collect so far, including a multi-trunk I collected today. I've got way too many to keep myself, so if anyone can make use of them......

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Post  fiona on Mon Sep 14, 2009 7:50 pm

Harleyrider wrote: I'll be bringing half a dozen or so of the stumps I've managed to collect so far, including a multi-trunk I collected today. I've got way too many to keep myself, so if anyone can make use of them......
... get in the queue!!

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Post  Harleyrider on Mon Sep 14, 2009 7:55 pm

LOL!

Yes. I'm afraid I won't be showing my stumps in public until Fiona has had a good rummage through them. Shocked

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Post  Tony on Mon Sep 14, 2009 8:22 pm

Harleyrider wrote:LOL!

Yes. I'm afraid I won't be showing my stumps in public until Fiona has had a good rummage through them. Shocked

Huuuuumm rummaging thru stumps, sounds like a line from a Lynyrd Skynyrd number Shocked

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Post  Stone Monkey on Mon Sep 14, 2009 10:50 pm

Fiona

Shame on you, violence never solved anything, except the odd Bonsai dispute over a privet stump Twisted Evil oh and don't forget I am bringing your "Tartan Monkey" pots up to Burrs with me so you will have to be nice otherwise the pots get it affraid

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Post  fiona on Mon Sep 14, 2009 11:14 pm

Stone Monkey wrote: Fiona Shame on you, violence never solved anything
who said anything about violence? he told me it was a mud wrestling contest!

Stone Monkey wrote:oh and don't forget I am bringing your "Tartan Monkey" pots up to Burrs with me so you will have to be nice otherwise the pots get it
As the old joke goes: throw them at the wall and do several £££s worth of improvements! Laughing

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Post  Stone Monkey on Mon Sep 14, 2009 11:25 pm

If its mud wrestling then I have lost Sad

Your pots will be in the kiln in a few days so keep your fingers crossed Shocked

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Post  ogi uyehara on Tue Sep 15, 2009 9:21 am

harley rider,
hope this will help
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Post  AlainK on Tue Sep 15, 2009 10:36 am

Hi Harleyrider from Manchester,

I hadn't thought of a hollow trunk, but it might work.

Not a bad idea at all either, ogi uyehara, seen from this side it's true that the main trunk doesn't look as straight as the side I picked up for my virtual.

In any case, I've looked for such big stumps around and haven't found one yet, but I keep on looking around because I see a lot of very fine privets from Britain and it makes me feel like trying one.

The only one I have so far (LOL!):


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Post  landerloos on Tue Sep 15, 2009 11:38 am

Hi H-rider

my privet that Tony hollowed last weekend, age +- 75 years.

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Post  Harleyrider on Tue Sep 15, 2009 9:07 pm

@ Ogi. That's spookily similar to what I had in mind, although in my idea there was a few more pads on the main trunk, and unfortunately the very lowest branch is actually dead. It does have a nice hollow behind it, though, which goes right through to the underside of the branch, so I was loathe to remove it. If no-one claims this stump at Burrs (yeah, right!) I'll start work on this project myself.

@ Alain. Don't give up looking, they are out there! I suggest finding a house for sale with a good privet hedge. When the new owners move in, take a bottle of wine with you and ask if they're thinking of removing any of the stumps. You never know......
Failing that, if you find yourself in England at any time, I'm sure I'll have a few left. A quick count yesterday tells me there are still 12 trunks of similar size to collect. I can't use them all, ferchrissakes!

@ Landerloos. I predict good things from this stump, my friend. Tony seems to be only too keen to take his power tools to other folks trees! I can't wait to see what he makes of the stump I posted when he sees it face to face!

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Post  JimLewis on Tue Sep 15, 2009 10:23 pm

On that carved privet, keep a close eye on the deadwood. It rots VERY easily and quickly. I've found no way to slow it down.

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Post  AlainK on Wed Sep 16, 2009 3:04 pm

Harleyrider wrote:
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Failing that, if you find yourself in England at any time, I'm sure I'll have a few left. A quick count yesterday tells me there are still 12 trunks of similar size to collect. I can't use them all, ferchrissakes!
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Post  bonsai monkey on Wed Sep 16, 2009 7:39 pm

Nice bunch of Privet Steve. I'm sure that you will be fighting them off with a pole at Burr's Twisted Evil

I've got a 'ickle wickle privet that I'm hoping will make a nice little tree in the not too distant.
I must try and post a pic here soon!!

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