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Thuya thinning

Thinning a Thuya occidentalis. The inner branches were shaded by the outer foliage. ...

June 28, 2023 · Philippe

Defoliating Trident Maples

Defoliating two Trident Maples, a shohin and a forest. ...

June 28, 2023 · Philippe

Defoliating three Japanese Maples

Partial defoliation of three Japanese Maples. A small, a medium and a large one. I cut to one or two nodes, keep one leaf per pair and reduce the size of larger leaves. ...

June 19, 2023 · Philippe

A small Red Maple

This small Red Maple was trained from a small seedling collected in the forest. It will become a beautiful little bunjin. ...

June 1, 2023 · Philippe

Crabapple root cuttings

The last time I repotted my Crabapple, I kept two roots to try root cuttings. I planted them directly in a mix of Akadama and Chabasai. ...

June 1, 2023 · Philippe

Repotting Eastern Redbud group plantings

I created those two Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis) group plantings two years ago from seeds. Early May, I repot them in training pots and reposition some trunks. ...

May 31, 2023 · Philippe

32 degrees

Today is May 31, 2023 and the temperature reached 32 C in Montreal and the forecast for tomorrow is 34 C. May was in my memories the month of the buds opening and the return of the migratory birds. Now the trees are already enduring a heat wave while the leaves have not hardened yet. The beech has burn marks on some leaves and I installed the 50% sun screen in a hurry. ...

May 31, 2023 · Philippe

Cleaning and wiring a small Hawthorne

I had the very bad surprise to discover a colony of mealy bugs hidden underneath the bark. The small insects found a nice spot to overwinter. I start by removing them before wiring the tree. ...

May 3, 2023 · Philippe

Flowering Magnolia air-layer

Last year I air-layered a branch from a Magnolia liliflora ‘Susan’. What a surprise to see it flower this spring in my house. ...

May 3, 2023 · Philippe

Japanese Black Pine styled in cascade

I did not know what to do with that long branch on this young Japanese Black Pine, so I styled it into my very first cascade ! The buds are ready to open but I wait for the spring season rains to end before taking them outside. Those conditions are too favorable for fungal infections on pines. ...

May 2, 2023 · Philippe