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and now winter is right round the corner

Post  marcus watts on Mon Nov 21, 2011 6:32 pm

even though some of my trees still have leaves winter must be close as other trees are now well into their winter image.

now the branches that are out of place stick out like a sore thumb !

first is a crenata white beech that we had as a small indoor display just for Saturday


the accent is an apple jitta / bronze acorn pair from john Trott


After what seemed like hours i've tweezered off all the shrivelled leaves from the Kiyohime - due to the size of the tree it still looks quite dense when its bare - but I think thats because the tree is 36" deep front to back so a flat picture looks full of twigs - i dont think the black background helps though to see the winter image properly, so i'll pinch a sheet from the cupboard when Mandies at work Twisted Evil



feel free to virtually repot it - i think this one is a bit chunky - tree is 42" wide though, so it has to be possible to actually get the pot

thanks everyone

Marcus

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Post  drgonzo on Mon Nov 21, 2011 7:46 pm

yesterday we hit a high of 63 F, for this late in the season for Upstate NY thats rare. I'm still waiting to put the trees away, usually everybody is under the house by now...

I love your Crenata Marcus, I spent a warm afternoon a few days ago clipping the dead leaves off mine, very meditative..
-Jay

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Post  marcus watts on Mon Nov 21, 2011 10:21 pm

thanks jay,

yes leaf clipping lets you empty your mind of every day life ! haha - i think my whole weekend was spent dealing with dead leaves. it is mild here too - last year snow was covering my trees by now, this year i'm working in a T shirt at 15 deg c (61 ??).

there is a potential problem round the corner though - the kiyohime buds are starting to open Mad that will put a spanner in the works once the frost does come - it may need to come in under lights sooner, but when to repot ?????????????

cheers again,

marcus

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Post  drgonzo on Mon Nov 21, 2011 10:27 pm

marcus watts wrote:thanks jay,

yes leaf clipping lets you empty your mind of every day life ! haha - i think my whole weekend was spent dealing with dead leaves. it is mild here too - last year snow was covering my trees by now, this year i'm working in a T shirt at 15 deg c (61 ??).

there is a potential problem round the corner though - the kiyohime buds are starting to open Mad that will put a spanner in the works once the frost does come - it may need to come in under lights sooner, but when to repot ?????????????

cheers again,

marcus

I had two buds on my Japanese quince open up, oh well...can you get that Kiyohime into total darkness to stop it?

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Post  marcus watts on Mon Nov 21, 2011 10:33 pm

good idea, darkness or a walk in fridge would work wonders - my plan B was to sit it under a 400w grow lamp in the garage, grow out the first set of leaves, defoliate in late spring and have a second crop of leaves plus tons of inner ramification, it needs one path or the other though as mild wet windy weather is forecast ahead - no frost to be seen

cheers Marcus

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Post  drgonzo on Mon Nov 21, 2011 10:45 pm

I would definitely try to keep the tree as dormant as possible for as long as possible. I wouldn't break dormancy this early unless it was an absolute emergency, if you can get it into darkness I would definitely go that way with it. I think I may keep my Quince in a little warmer area than my usual 30F storage possibly to help preserve the little swollen buds it popped last week.

Its tricky to get all the trees into good dormancy successfully every season, its a learned skill just as much as watering or branch pruning is.
-Jay

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Post  coh on Mon Nov 21, 2011 11:10 pm

Nice looking trees, Marcus! I especially like the beech.

I don't live too far from Jay (couple of hours, I guess), so I'm dealing with the same mild weather. Haven't noticed anything unusual regarding the trees, though I also have some buds swelling on a Japanese quince. I figure I'm just going to treat it as I was planning to, since it's early in the development stage (not in a bonsai pot yet) I don't really care about the flowers.

The mild November has certainly made fall yard chores more enjoyable!

Chris

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