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Post  Tony on Thu Aug 11, 2011 9:09 pm

I purchased this Myrtle from John Pitt at the first Best of British show in 2009 it was a stump with a few new bits of growth. John Imported the tree from Italy. I kept the tree for 12 months before I did any work on the tree... health being the major factor... that AND taking a chance on a Mediterranean Species in the Cold Dark Damp North of England... fortunately I had my 'new' greenhouse and heating bed.

Here is the tree about 2 months after purchase



Here is the tree today



And Here is a virtual of how I want the tree to progress, the tree has been moved slightly to the right of the pot... I believe that this time next year and the tree will be as shown here



Tree and Pot courtesy of John Pitt... bet he wants them both back now pale

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Post  Mitch Thomas on Thu Aug 11, 2011 9:20 pm

Tony
Nice job in short order. Just goes to show what can be done of a skilled artist. Does it flower?
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Post  Tony on Thu Aug 11, 2011 9:25 pm

Mitch Thomas wrote:Tony
Nice job in short order. Just goes to show what can be done of a skilled artist. Does it flower?
Mitch
FLOWER!!!! are YOU crazy! I live in the tundra that is Lancashire... I saw this sunny once!

The tree LIVES in the greenhouse in the sunniest corner and is watered sparingly... If the tree EVER flowers I will buy a beer/coke for every IBC member that come to the garden to see it!

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Post  Mitch Thomas on Thu Aug 11, 2011 9:41 pm

Ok does it flower in its native state?

I'll pose the same to you dumb question that was sprung on me after hurrican katrinia in 05 wiped me out.

So why exactly do you live there?

Sorry I couldn't resist

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Post  Tony on Thu Aug 11, 2011 9:45 pm

Mitch Thomas wrote:So why exactly do you live there? Sorry I couldn't resist

I shudda seen that coming... duuuur Embarassed

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Re: Myrtle development over 24 months

Post  tim stubbs on Thu Aug 11, 2011 10:56 pm

tony wrote:
Mitch Thomas wrote:Tony
Nice job in short order. Just goes to show what can be done of a skilled artist. Does it flower?
Mitch
FLOWER!!!! are YOU crazy! I live in the tundra that is Lancashire... I saw this sunny once!

The tree LIVES in the greenhouse in the sunniest corner and is watered sparingly... If the tree EVER flowers I will buy a beer/coke for every IBC member that come to the garden to see it!

Tony , I had one (till last winter when it didn't survive the arctic) and that flowered every year without fail and that was in "wet" cheshire

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Post  Mitch Thomas on Fri Aug 12, 2011 12:14 am

Hey Tim

Good to hear on the flowers. There is hope we will get that beer Tony was promising. He he he

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Re: Myrtle development over 24 months

Post  Todd Ellis on Fri Aug 12, 2011 1:43 am

Tony,
How large is this tree? Lovely Mother/Daughter or Father/Son composition. The rugged trunk is stunning!
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Post  Guest on Fri Aug 12, 2011 7:51 am

Hi Tony

A lovely tree...how small is it? and how old, do you think the trunk is? Smile.

Kind regards Yvonne

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Post  fiona on Fri Aug 12, 2011 8:01 am

tony wrote:I purchased this Myrtle from John Pitt at the first Best of British show in 2009 ......taking a chance on a Mediterranean Species in the Cold Dark Damp North of England... fortunately I had my 'new' greenhouse and heating bed.
I'm really glad yours made it. Sadly its "sibling" - my own myrtle bought from John at that same event - went to the great treehouse in the sky after last winter. Those few degrees of latitude and the heated greenhouse certainly pay dividends.


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Post  Guest on Fri Aug 12, 2011 1:43 pm

Very nice tree Tony! in a just 2 years? Did you grew it in Asia? Suspect

regards,
jun Smile

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Post  Tony on Fri Aug 12, 2011 4:55 pm

I do not think that the tree is very old... Maybe only 50 years at most. It is Chuhin size. A lot of work has been done on the trunk to create a 'false' nebari, and movement via hand carving and bark stripping.

Jun, I am quite surprised by the amount of growth achieved so far. This has been done by a regular organic feed, cutting the new growth to encourage ramification and placement in the sunniest corner of the glasshouse.

I will be posting the rapid growth of a shohin Olive that Angel Mota gave me last year... Again this lives in the greenhouse.

Fiona, sorry to hear that you Myrtle passed on... I lost my Big Oak from Denmark this freezing winter Sad

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Post  Ed Trout on Fri Aug 12, 2011 5:09 pm


Very nice tree Tony ! If you want to see flowers send it here. I have to much sunny 93F right now !!


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Post  will baddeley on Fri Aug 12, 2011 6:06 pm

Hello Tony. I have a smaller leaved Myrtus in the garden that flowers every year. You may have to let it extend a little to do so.

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Post  Guest on Sun Aug 14, 2011 8:40 am

tony wrote:I lost my Big Oak from Denmark this freezing winter Sad
Hi Tony...This is very sad for you...I never came to see the tree, but it must have been quit nice and big, as I remember you told me, you had to book a seat for the tree.

I had hoped to see the tree in a exhibition in the future,but....Do you have a photo of the tree, I would like to see it.

Kind regards Yvonne....but only if you can stand the pain Smile





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Post  bonsai monkey on Wed Aug 17, 2011 8:56 pm

Tony,
What a fantastic tree, super result in such a short space of time. The Ole Greenhouse is paying dividens I see!!!

Shame to here about the Oak. I remember seeing it when I came to Burrs in '09 and you telling us the story about the flight home.
It just goes to show a) how lucky I am being so far South with the weather and b0 how flaming cold it was last Winter.

Take care my friend and keep us posted,
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Post  Harleyrider on Thu Aug 18, 2011 8:10 pm

Coming along very nicely Tony! I remember when we sat discussing it's survival potential when it was nought but a lump o' wood. How's the little 'spare' bit doing?


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Post  Tony on Thu Aug 18, 2011 9:06 pm

Harleyrider wrote:Coming along very nicely Tony! I remember when we sat discussing it's survival potential when it was nought but a lump o' wood. How's the little 'spare' bit doing?

Hi Steve the little spare bit has sprung back to life... photo will be shown soon


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Re: Myrtle development over 24 months

Post  stavros on Fri Aug 19, 2011 3:03 pm

Hi Tony,
Lovely little tree. Impressive transformation in just 2 years!

Did you try to hedge-prune it for ramification??
S.

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Post  ferdy-san on Sun Aug 21, 2011 9:23 pm

Love it, Tony,
Just hope my myrtles with small leaf recover fully, then i will have loads of questions to ask you, What a Face
Regards, can´t wait to see your demonstracion in October here in Ericeira, Portugal...

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