Pottering with Pitt the Potter - Part Three: Hawthorn Raft/Cascade

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Post  Wendi on Sat Apr 30, 2011 7:52 pm

fiona wrote:......... we are blessed over here in the British Isles with stunning Hawthorns.


Hi Fiona,

I think so, too and find the positive confirmation, whenever such great trees from UK have been shown.
I admit, i regard them a little bit with envy, because i'm searching since a long time for a (really small) hawthorn with this wonderful matured bark,
but it seems to be impossible!

You've a very nice, unique tree and the pot fits perfect, thank you for sharing!

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Post  Tony on Sat Apr 30, 2011 8:08 pm

Wendi wrote:
fiona wrote:......... we are blessed over here in the British Isles with stunning Hawthorns.

I'm searching since a long time for a (really small) hawthorn with this wonderful matured bark,
but it seems to be impossible!

We need to talk Cool

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Post  Wendi on Sat Apr 30, 2011 8:16 pm

gladly, Tony,do you see a chance for me ?Wink

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Post  john pitt on Sat Apr 30, 2011 8:44 pm

Wendi wrote:
fiona wrote:......... we are blessed over here in the British Isles with stunning Hawthorns.


Hi Fiona,

I think so, too and find the positive confirmation, whenever such great trees from UK have been shown.
I admit, i regard them a little bit with envy, because i'm searching since a long time for a (really small) hawthorn with this wonderful matured bark,
but it seems to be impossible!

Regards
Brigitte

Will you be going to EBA in September? Ratingen, near Stuttgart, there will be some UK hawthorns for sale,
shohin size with wonderful mature bark, I have a shop there. Smile

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Post  Wendi on Sat Apr 30, 2011 8:59 pm

Ratingen ist not really near Stuttgart, anyway i will be there; so i will also have the possibility, to have a look at your pots, fine!




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Post  john pitt on Sat Apr 30, 2011 9:42 pm

John Brocklehurst wrote:Morning Fiona, I hope you're well,
I had the chance to see the tree planted in its new slab/pot recently at J.P.'s before you picked it up to take home.
The combination looks great and you have improved it further with the moss planting.

The only thing that distracted me was the open space to the right hand side, the tree was leafless at the time so it was more apparent.
My thoughts at the time were:
a) accessory plantings,
b) or letting some of the twigs to the right hand side extend and then pinning them into the soil to root and create further rafting (although they would take forever to develop bark to match the trunks)
c) or partially tear the right hand branch away from the trunk to improve the angle of seperation and then let it go wild for a couple of seasons wiring the new growth with extreme twists and turns to match the rest of the tree, possibly even letting some of the branches touch the soil level and strategically place more of the rocks that Johnny Boy had made for the composition.

The above is not criticism, just my own thoughts on how I might develop the planting had I been lucky enough to buy it before you.

I'm pleased you posted your thoughts here John, all are very constuctive ways to improve this tree over time,
when you have a tree that alreadys has lots of character, age , and is of this quality it's the small details that make all the difference, I'm sure Fiona will fine tune this image and I look forward to seeing her vision of it in years to come.

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Post  Paul B (Scotland) on Sun May 01, 2011 1:04 am


Hi Fiona,

Lovely tree made even more beautiful with John's pot. Hats off to both of you for coming up with this - really superb. John's comment of 'fits like a glove' really does show in the photo and I bet it does even more so when standing in front of the tree.

After reading John B's post concerning the right hand side of the tree, I went back and looked at the latest image. Out of curiosity, I (with my hand on screen) covered up the branch growing out to the right. The whole image looks different without that branch - everything moving towards the left. Do you need growth on the right side of this image? Something you can maybe think about when having a coffee and donut in the glorious Scottish sunshine we are having at the moment?

Cheers for now, hopefully see you soon.

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Post  fiona on Sat May 05, 2012 5:08 pm

Quick update of how it looks today - one year on.

There has been a bit of filling out and that is good but there is still a lot needed with the right branch as you look at it. I took up John B's suggestion of putting something in the gap and there is a dwarf astilbe now planted there which will grow to a height of only an inch or thereabouts so it won't look out of place. It can be a temporary measure if the future growth on that side is good. That may be some time as I discovered this morning that that branch is torn slightly (you can see a degree of wilt in the flowers) probably by a bird sitting on it. I'll remove the flowers there to reroute growth into the foliage.

It's getting there though:




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Post  Mitch Thomas on Sun May 06, 2012 12:43 pm

Very nice collaborative effort indeed. Just what both aspects needed, a quirky tree and a quirky pot equals a very cohesive design from top to bottom.

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Post  Fore on Sun May 06, 2012 5:02 pm

Very nice Fiona! Love the tree and the pot...very creative John!

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