I suppose that title needs a bit of explaining. About 4 1/2 years ago I grafted this Rocky Mountain Juniper (collected by Randy Knight) with some curious shimpaku foliage that I took a shine to. The shimpaku foliage was a bit coarser than we see normally, and I thought it would look good on a tree with a rugged, expressive character.
So that’s the backdrop for the Day of Yikes…
When a tree is grafted with an entirely different foliage type, some day, eventually, the original foliage needs to be cut off. Although with a bit of practice there’s little worry, really, it is still a bit exciting to finally (after years of waiting) yell out ‘Yikes!’ as you make that final pruning cut.
The tree did fine.
And this summer Bobby rewired it for the second time. The following is a series of photos from the last two years…
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Kelp gull on the beach at Muizenberg.
This is a new test to see if I can improve on my previous attempts at writing some mumbo jumbo on my blog via the tablet. All my previous posts bar one was done on my mobile and that did not turn out too great so hopefully this will start getting better.