Hulking Honeysuckle in Spring

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Hulking Honeysuckle in Spring

Post  AndyRutledge on Fri Apr 15, 2011 12:44 am

The big Lonicera I wired this past winter is now growing like a weed (since it is one) in it's nice LenzPot. Balance, though, is the current issue. I hope to address that in the coming years.


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Re: Hulking Honeysuckle in Spring

Post  jersanct on Sat Apr 16, 2011 3:35 am

Hello Andy - any chance you could post a better view of the base of the trunk? Looks like a great tree - thanks for letting us see it.

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Re: Hulking Honeysuckle in Spring

Post  cosmos on Sat Apr 16, 2011 8:39 am

Hi Andy
Do you have a pic with the lonicera in flower. What mix do you use? I think that loniceras need constant leaf pruning back to keep them contact.

Thanks for sharing.

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Re: Hulking Honeysuckle in Spring

Post  AndyRutledge on Sun Apr 17, 2011 1:59 pm

@jersanct:
Sure, here's a photo of it very early this year. Much better view of the trunk http://ibonsaiclub.forumotion.com/t5669-budding-honeysuckle

@Cosmos
I'm afraid that I didn't get photos this year when it bloomed. It has very small white flowers. I'll try and get pics next time. My soil mix is a mixture of akadama, pumice, and volcanic grit, though this Lonicera is not in that mix (just acquired it at the end of last year and have not repotted).

Kind regards,
Andy

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Re: Hulking Honeysuckle in Spring

Post  cosmos on Sun Apr 17, 2011 3:53 pm

Thanks Andy.
The trunk has a fantastic visual impact and you should wire the branches so that the leaves do not cover it.

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Re: Hulking Honeysuckle in Spring

Post  AndyRutledge on Sun Apr 17, 2011 4:32 pm

Thanks Cosmos (?). I appreciate your admonition, but like all deciduous material it is not meant to be shown in-leaf. Proper arrangement of the branches will not impede the relevant, leafless view. And like all flowering material, in-flower views are entirely concerned with the structure as a platform for the flowers (but I would work to reveal the lowest portion/rootage of the trunk if it were being formally shown).

Part of artistry is making sure that context is considered. For instance, the ridiculously-inane arrangement of many satsuki specimens' branches is perfectly appropriate for the contextually-relevant purpose of providing a succession of platforms for the flowers. A pine or an elm with the same structure would be trite and artistically useless. Context matters.

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Re: Hulking Honeysuckle in Spring

Post  cosmos on Sun Apr 17, 2011 7:20 pm

I see what you mean or at least I think I do. Does context also impinges on the artistic way some species are being designed. For example in our Mediterranean region growing an olive or an olivaster like a juniper is a sin. An olive or olivaster should be designed with a domed top.

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