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Post  Guest on Fri Jun 25, 2010 9:53 pm

Found this Elm in a customers garden. It was part of a very old hedge. When I collected it ,I soon realised it had bad inverse taper. Once the tree had gained strength, I airlayered it. This pic is 2 years after separation, taken today.

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Post  Guest on Fri Jun 25, 2010 9:57 pm

Tree from the right, Lots of deadwood.

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Post  Guest on Fri Jun 25, 2010 10:00 pm

From the left.

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Post  Guest on Fri Jun 25, 2010 10:05 pm

I wanted to get some shape in the branches before they got too bulky, so it was leaf pruned

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Post  Guest on Fri Jun 25, 2010 10:15 pm

Wired and initial shaping. Long way to go yet!

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Post  anttal63 on Fri Jun 25, 2010 10:23 pm

wow!!! Terrific Will! cheers

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Post  NeilDellinger on Sat Jun 26, 2010 12:19 am

Super Will. Nice work. Very Happy

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Post  peter keane on Sat Jun 26, 2010 1:27 am

beautiful start. wow

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Post  Pavel Slovák on Sat Jun 26, 2010 6:57 am

Hi Will.
Wonderful foundation. It will be a splendid tree. Congratulations. ThumbsUp

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Post  Rob Kempinski on Sat Jun 26, 2010 10:38 am

Good eye for a fantastic trunk. Looks ancient.

Is there a reason for such a small pot? Seems very crowded.

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Post  Kev Bailey on Sat Jun 26, 2010 11:21 am

Excellent Will. You are making me want to get out and go prospecting. I know a few spots where the Elms hang on. Some are the type that develops ridged corky bark on fast growing twigs. Have you encountered these?

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Post  pmjos on Sat Jun 26, 2010 12:04 pm

Think I might start looking in your customer's gardens - nice gnarly piece, looks like it might bite.

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Post  Todd Ellis on Sat Jun 26, 2010 12:41 pm

will baddeley wrote:Found this Elm in a customers garden. It was part of a very old hedge. When I collected it ,I soon realised it had bad inverse taper. Once the tree had gained strength, I airlayered it. This pic is 2 years after separation, taken today.

Great tree Will. Pic #6 shows a neat face (eye and mouth); great character!
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Post  Jerry Meislik on Sat Jun 26, 2010 2:11 pm

Wowweee!
Nice save and progress.
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Post  Guest on Sat Jun 26, 2010 4:17 pm

Thankyou all for your kind comments. Rob. This is just a large training pot to develope the branches.
There are a few things niggleing me with this tree. At the moment it looks like 2 trees, one on top of the other. The bottom part moves to the right and the top to the left. I think this confuses the flow somewhat. I had thought of airlayering the top off? It could also be looked at as a kind of rock planting, with individual trees all the way up. I'll leave it as it is, for the time being but any critisism would be greatly apreciated. Very Happy

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Post  Jerry Meislik on Sat Jun 26, 2010 4:30 pm

Will,
I agree with you that the top does not coordinate well with the bottom segment. It is too long and too straight as compared to the tapered base. You could shorten off the top segment a lot or remove it entirely.
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Post  moyogijohn on Sun Jun 27, 2010 2:45 am

Really a good tree!!! good find i do not understand why i can not find something like it. send it to me please!! good luck with it keep posting john

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Post  Jonny D on Sun Jun 27, 2010 12:53 pm

Hi Will,

This is a great find! I'm very jelous!

I don't have to much problem regarding the movement to the right then left. I think that if you bring the eventual apex back to the right over, the centre of the tree, it will look fine and balance the tree back out. I'd certainly give it the benefit of the doubt for the time being.

Congratulations on the find!

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Post  Guest on Sun Jun 27, 2010 5:52 pm

Tilted the tree forwards and rotated slightly to the left. I think the movement is slightly better at this angle.

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Post  Jerry Meislik on Mon Jun 28, 2010 1:45 am

Definitely much better but is the apex heading away?
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Post  Guest on Mon Jun 28, 2010 3:21 am

Jerry Meislik wrote:Definitely much better but is the apex heading away?
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The apex was level with the base before I tilted the pot forward.

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Post  pongsatorn.k on Mon Jun 28, 2010 4:23 am

nice tree!, some time it remind me of some tree grow on the big cliff.

can't wait to see more!

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Post  mike page on Mon Jun 28, 2010 11:35 pm

Will, off topic, but whenever I see your name, I'm reminded of the English actress Angela Baddeley who was a star in the English tv series UPSTAIRS, DOWNSTAIRS. I watched it years ago on our PBS. It's made a comeback on cable and I'm enjoying it again. Great show!

Mike

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