Big Escallonia update 17 Oct 2009 (what can be achieved in 42 months)

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Big Escallonia update 17 Oct 2009 (what can be achieved in 42 months)

Post  Tony on Sat Oct 17, 2009 7:59 pm

I have been posting images of this tree since I dug it from a neighbours garden on 8th April 2006.

Here is the tree in the ground before work commenced (Lee... don't even think it)


Cutting back the large branches and shortening the stumps.


Here is the large stump in the box on day one 8th April 2006


This is the tree as it looks today 3 years and 6 months later. Still in the box but will be potted in the wonderful John Pitt Pot that I commissioned earlier this year. The next time you see this tree it will be in the pot


I think I have found the species of tree that suits my 'fickle' (there's no effin Tickle) Garden


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Re: Big Escallonia update 17 Oct 2009 (what can be achieved in 42 months)

Post  fiona on Sat Oct 17, 2009 8:15 pm

Tony wrote: I think I have found the species of tree that suits my 'fickle' ... Garden
Hereafter to be known as Tickle's Fickle End.

Nice one. thumbs up

Although, I seem to remember at the first Burrs event that you promised me this tree in exchange for a bottle of Ardbeg. Or was that the hawthorn? Either will do.

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Post  Harleyrider on Sat Oct 17, 2009 8:42 pm

Having seen this tree up close and personal on several occasions, I can safely say Tony, that it serves as a great inspiration to me to see what can be acheived with the right material and a bit of know how.

To those who haven't yet met Escallonia-zilla, I recommend you do so as soon as possible, and be prepared to be gobsmacked by the sheer size of this beasty!

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Post  Gæst on Sun Oct 18, 2009 5:55 am

Great work Tony in a short time. Really speedy growth this tree has. Stunning trunk and very impressive.

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Post  Nik Rozman on Sun Oct 18, 2009 8:00 am

Very beutiful Tony, I like it a lot.

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Post  cram on Sun Oct 18, 2009 10:01 am

wooo What a Face
exactly the kind of post i love!
the kind that push you forward
very nice tree and work...raaa
well done!

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Post  Michael T on Sun Oct 18, 2009 1:52 pm

Tony,

I've followed your posts onthe development of this tree since you first posted your colleciton pics with interest. It's really an accomplishment. Would love to see it some day in person.

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Post  Rick Moquin on Sun Oct 18, 2009 2:19 pm

I remeber this tree quite well and marvel at your accomplishements and its development. On a side note any updates on "Rockstar"?

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Re: Big Escallonia update 17 Oct 2009 (what can be achieved in 42 months)

Post  Tony on Sun Oct 18, 2009 6:18 pm

Hi Micheal, thanks for following... its not really been that long a time considering the rapid growth... I am in the process of writing the next article for Bonsai Focus on this tree... another case study... you guys have been with it from the start.

Rick... Ah Rock star.... huuum I wondered when folk would start asking about THAT tree... it will be styled this time next year... its Very slow growing as it it restricted thru the rock... but its coming along nicely... getting a pot is going to be a killer.


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Post  dorothy7774 on Mon Oct 19, 2009 12:44 am

Tony,

I thought I 'm going to tickle you with an alternative idea for that fantastic Escallonia..

-dorothy Smile


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Re: Big Escallonia update 17 Oct 2009 (what can be achieved in 42 months)

Post  Tony on Mon Oct 19, 2009 8:58 pm

Dorothy... "it sure don't look like Kansas Toto" huuum not so sure on your Idea... I quite like the 'tall' aspect ratio of the tree. I has a twisty trunk that needs the foliage to show it off.... bringing the foliage closer to the ground... not for me

Here is the foliage after six months after collecting... I just let it grow freely.



To understand how much work has been done on the stump to enhance the 'twist', scale and taper. The first image has the finished tree with the original stump placed exactly in the same position, alongside is the same photo without the original trunk.



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Post  Guest on Mon Oct 19, 2009 9:25 pm

Nice idea Dorothy but I think Tony's right. the taper works better for a higher tree. It looks superb at it's present height.

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Post  dorothy7774 on Mon Oct 19, 2009 11:18 pm

Tony wrote:Dorothy... "it sure don't look like Kansas Toto" huuum ..

lol!

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Post  Ian Warhurst on Tue Oct 20, 2009 6:35 pm

The good thing about Dorothy,s idea is that it wouldn`t be so heavy to lift affraid removing bits of it may make it a bit lighter, but only slightly lol!
i`ve still got the bad back to prove it.

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Post  amazonida on Wed Oct 21, 2009 8:50 pm

excuse me Tony, do you let any species to grow freely for 6 months only? then you began to wire it ? do you feed your bonsai with bio gold? thanks

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Re: Big Escallonia update 17 Oct 2009 (what can be achieved in 42 months)

Post  Tony on Wed Oct 21, 2009 10:49 pm

amazonida wrote:excuse me Tony, do you let any species to grow freely for 6 months only? then you began to wire it ? do you feed your bonsai with bio gold? thanks

Hi Amazonida... there has been a regime of free growth, feeding, wiring and foliage development. Far too much to explain here in one post. I am completing an article for a European Magazine about this tree... I will post 'highlights' on this forum later next year... keep watching Cool

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