2017 Fall into Winter


It has been a very colorful year in Santa Clara. We normally do not get to enjoy such color in our trees where I live. As the leaves are now falling from all the neighborhood maples, liquid amber and such I settling into a different mindset. The year comes to and end. Most of the growing seasons concludes. Cold weather protection will be needed for the tropical trees and the Brazilian Raintree is already in the house under its grow light for the length of the winter.

Daimyo Oak in full fall color has now gone and been defoliated for the winter.

Closeup of the final colors of 2017. Glorious this year.

Today’s view of the Boston Ivy, finally making its true colors known.

This is a time of reflection, a time of endings with the promise of new beginnings. I will eagerly await the renewal both in trees, spirit…

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A New Year, a New Design


It has just turned 2018, and the winter tasks are in full swing. Re-potting, wiring, and deciduous tree development is in process. Today I started preparing the Daimyo Oak for its 58th year. Wiring must be applied carefully especially to the younger fleshy branches. The larger branches are still quiet movable.

Daimyo Oak: 58 years old, Wire example of caged wire to prevent scaring.

I am adjusting the front per the long term plan so some heavier wire (#14) was added to the heavier branches while (#16) was applied to the smaller ones. The wire is not tight on the branch; rather it is forming a cage as to avoid scaring and avoiding contact near a bud. In the last club show the top was incorrect due to strong growth at the apex. That is now corrected by moving a branch to the back. I have now positioned branches in…

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