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Shyte or shineola? Who cares. It will be fun either way. Okay; screw the rules. This is a tree for the yard. Kind of a bill-board for advertising. So here the darn thing is. All nine feet of it.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKind of a rat’s nest of large gangly trunks. I want to twist and bend them around and make this tree into a wind-swept semi-cascade. This is a Southern Indica azalea variety named Formosa. Has nice dark violet blooms. But these are actually some of the largest azaleas you can find so this plant will have to have “SIZE” to have any sort of scale agreement.
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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYou are right it does sprawl all over the place. Right hand side to the bench; left hand out to the wagon. Four foot square pallets it is sitting on. So maybe 9 feet was selling it short. The base of this is all over the place and about to be worse.
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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThey cross and twist and generally act like they could not make up their mind. I think this plant was originally set aside and something else was put in front of it. Then it put out trying to find the light and this is the result.
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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOne of the problems working with this plant is really not a problem except now. I cannot get a copper wire any closer to the trunk than where I put them. Why? Every time I tried to sink a wire I kept hitting some “plate” beneath the soil. Can only be one hell of a base flair.
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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI am going to get my tubing out and work the smaller pieces. This dang thing is scary nasty and there is a lot to get under control here. I’ll post an update in a bit.

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You’re ugly

& I dress you funny. The odd plant that came from Montgomery a while back. Not all that special but damn it is ugly. Every time I look at it I think “there must be a tree in there some where” but then I step back and it is all like, “wonder if it would survive this or make it through that”? Guess this is another hold on til it is screaming new growth before I touch it. Well for good or bad here is my red headed step child.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThen there is my old friend. This procumbens nana has tried to die on me more times than I can count. But it is time to do just a little bit of work on it. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Genitals from Space:

Case file under the odd and fascinating;
Podocarpus in fruit have been mentioned here several times and I have shared several shots of the plant throughout this season. But now is the time and the moment of truth literally. I have no other Podocarpus on the property. I bought this plant in full fruit knowing that it was a dice toss. It is either this crop or none again. No male no fruit next year. Still won’t be but I think I have the shortage solved. The fruit have ripened and most of them have dropped. They are not your common germination. This pedicule looking thing begins to form at the base of the “berry” and extends out looking for something to strike roots in.
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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis can occur with dropped berries or even some of these on the plant still. Plant seems to be in possession of several multi colored single testicled space phallus.
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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI swear if it starts speaking I will burn it. Just thought you might be interested in how “odd” some plants can be. The berries you see above fall and strike roots right on the brownish tip ends. Then the plant kind of backs out of the fruit. All very odd. But I still filled a tray with some very coarse organic/coarse silica soil mix just to get their feet under them. Should have no shortage of Podocarpus if even half what I lifted from the hollows in that shipping pallet survive. I admit it I have done my best to watch the water on this all Summer. I am also glad that it has yielded such a plethora of viable seed. Seed? Given that they do sprout on the tree and are really just a trunk waiting to happen, would this be a seed? a seedling? Get back with you on that. I am sure there is a term for this.

 

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Coulda; shoulda

Got this tree around the 12th and this is what I had to start with.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd the best tree in the pot doesn’t even have roots on it. You see how the upper part of the trunk goes down then there is a step down in diameter? Now what could cause that? An idiot. Someone left a tag on this plant in the past and it girdled the trunk causing that swelling. Good part? it already has root fibers in the callous tissue and will be very easy to air layer off. Which I intend to do.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd a little shot of the upper. Don’t know why I should bother. Most of it will be skinned and made into jin as soon as it has a chance to grow me some spurs for character.

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This is going to be quick. A Hinoki I bought last week and was going to put in a contest over on BonsaiNut.com. I decided to sponsor a prize instead so I won’t be entering. But this is what it looked like after I had a couple of days with it.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAfter dragging it thru Photoshop to “cut” all the crap out of it. What my plan is for it in both notes and a really really quick mock up.

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Dancing trees

and other 12 pack fantasies. I have this Trident maple, Acer buergerianum, that is a year old and has been finally acting as though it may make it in spite of the heat we have been dealing with. Here is what I had to start with.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABut I was in a twisted mood myself and decided that I was gonna give this little man a dance for the half line. The tools I am going to use to put this in bondage.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is as we started. Use a chop stick or bamboo skewer as a spacer as you lace this up. Secure the cord to the wire and work up.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKeeping the skewer between the tree and the wire as you lace it up also allows you to move it up and avoid all the little buds sticking out all over the trunk.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANothing but a run of half hitches all the was up the trunk. Let the tree rest a bit and allow the cotton to shrink and we should be good to go. I finally ended up with this as the plan.

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Just a set Gail,

I’ll comb it out when I get home. Had a question posed of   “. . . WTH are you doing?” This is how I have been putting a few of these in curlers. Initially, take a fairly single runner plant. Thin out the foliage along the runner. This always exposes little shoots that have been developing, but being held back by, behind the first leaves on this growth.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn a week or so I will take a heavier wire; I use 14 guage, and wire the nylon helix as though it were the plant. Then I will put some twists and bends in it. Allow to grow for a month or so then . . . . Well see my prior post.