Scots pine – Wiring


I’ve been a bit late working on my trees this year, having moved house. This year this Chuhin sized Scots pine will require a repot. So I decided to wire and style the tree in preparation.

I’ve had the tree now for two growing seasons. So I’ve been maximising the number of needles on the tree to promote as much growth as possible. Next year I will be looking at refining the image and reducing the length in the smaller branches. I choose this front so that I could bring the foliage down and highlight the twist and turn at the top of the tree. Although there are lots of alternative fronts.

I love the bark on this tree… Horribly flakey so I’ll need patience and care for repotting 🤔 photo 78F453B3-DB6B-4D8E-9F39-ECB7408F20DB.jpg
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Concern for hawk visiting local gardens

Hermanus Bird Club

By Mike Ford

An interesting story has unfolded about a Black Sparrowhawk that was spotted in various Hermanus gardens over the last four years. But there is concern about its health.

Black Sparrowhawk 20150515 The Black Sparrowhawk, photographed by Mike Sander in his garden in May 2015.

I was contacted by Peter and Alison Eustace on 11 March to tell me that there was a ringed Black Sparrowhawk on the roof of their house in Prestwick Village, Eastcliff. Brian Taylor had taken some good photographs which allowed the rings to be read – in this case a metal ring on the right leg and green over red anodised rings on the left.

I immediately suspected that this was one of Ann Koeslag’s birds. Ann is a friend of mine who lives in Cape Town and has been studying Black Sparrowhawks for many years. I followed the protocols and contacted her via Safring at UCT, and it…

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