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Little Satsuki

Post  Todd Ellis on Thu Jun 09, 2011 12:44 pm

I put together this grouping in a lava boulder I carved this Winter. It contains Black Hills Spuce, collected Hornbeam, Tom Thumb Cotoneaster, one small Satsuki, moss and a couple of wild flowers (aka weeds:). My thought was to try and create a mountain scene from the Blue Ridge Mountains. I was very pleased when the Satsuki bloomed for me. I'm still trying to find the front and the photo tells me I have lots more work to do.



My Ajuga accent this year:


My Russian Olive:


My Chinese Elm 4 year old cutting on rock for two years. I am trying to create nine clouds of foliage:


Please share your comments and suggestions.
Thanks,
Todd

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Re: Little Satsuki

Post  xuan le on Thu Jun 09, 2011 4:29 pm

I like the combination you reate with the lava boulder. Is the russian Olive related to the european one?

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Re: Little Satsuki

Post  Russell Coker on Thu Jun 09, 2011 4:51 pm

xuan le wrote:Is the russian Olive related to the european one?

Xuan, it's an Elaeagnus. My favorite of the bunch, Todd!

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Re: Little Satsuki

Post  Todd Ellis on Fri Jun 10, 2011 1:41 am

Thanks Xuan and Russ.
The "olive" is Eleagnus multiflora. I collected it approx 12 years ago from an old farmstead. The farmer use to propagate various bulbs and some ornamental plants and then died about 50 years ago. No one moved into the old farmhouse and things grew wild. Almost all of the house and barns have been eaten up by the forest. This tree had been run over and left to grow in the tall grass until I found it in 1999. It use to be a full cascade until a hail storm came (3 years ago) and dropped a tree on my bonsai benches. Part of the trunk broke and cracked and never recovered. I have spent the past three years regrowing new branches and roots. It finally bloomed again for me this year but no fruit yet. The flowers have a lovely sweet scent to them. It is probably my oldest tree, 50+ years old.
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