This’ll be a quick look at a client’s buttonwood and how I try to match new carving to old deadwood. Not easy but you can get close.
It’s a little green, I know. The deadwood, I mean. The leaves shouldbe green. Unless it’s a silver buttonwood. Then the leaves are a kinda silvery green. But I digress.
This area is where I need to focus.It’s a bit chunky and plain.There was probably a longer Jin or branch that someone broke off and whittled down with Jin pliers (or their teeth). That’s how deadwood treatment is…
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It’s a battle royale! We have two trees that have been at war for some time now (well, sincethis post, really, which was an update tothis post, actually, which goes back three years and is one of my most popular posts on air layering).
Two ficus microcarpa. What some people call tiger bark ficus or erroneously, ficus retusa (You know what? I’m feeling frisky enough today….I’ll wade into that battle; I’ve even been arming myself for it. Ready? Begin rant: When we refer to plants using the binomial nomenclature system, devised by Carl Linnaeus, we use the genus (i.e., ficus) and then a descriptive (i.e., microcarpa) which then tells us the species. In this case “microcarpa” means “small fruit”, it is the singular form of “microcarpus” . I used to think it meant small leaf because ficus macrocarpa has big leaves (it also has big fruit)…
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In February 2014, I approach-grafted an Itoigawa juniper cutting to this collected Rocky Mountain Juniper. It wasn’t a great graft, and I left it in place for 27 months to know it took. Over the last year, I weakened the scion between the graft union and the elevated pot, to force the scion to rely on the new host. In May 2016, I took the plunge…
To help prevent drying out, and maybe just to make me feel better, I took a tip from Kathy Shaner, and wrapped the graft with a cloth to keep it wet for a while.
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Posted to WoodandclayFacebook page the following:
A Gold Mesal for Chris Thomas and the Dragon Bonsai crew at the Royal Welsh show.
The photos do not do this stunning display justice. I think the black and white images of the welsh landscape compliment the trees perfectly.