Celebrating National Tree Week, March 5th – 12th. Part 5
Cryptomeria japonica ‘Spiralis’, Japan. 1852
If there’s one tree you must see at FOTA it’s rhe Cryptomeria japonica ‘Spiralis’. This striking evergreen rises in clumps of bright green cloud-like clusters, building on top of each other. Not surprisingly it’s the national tree of Japan, where it is regularly planted at temples and shrines. Here in Fota, there’s a well-worn path to a low gap at the base of the tree. If you crouch down and enter you can look up at a cathedral-like canopy and admire the rich, red, fragrant bark. Due to its tight, spiraling needles, it has the rather irreverent nickname of ‘granny’s ringlets’.
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One of our local gardens here in cork Ireland.
Celebrating National Tree Week, March 5th – 12th. Part 4
단풍나무 Danpung na mu Acer palmatum
This Acer palmatum “Koreanum”, from Korea (planted 1937), seems to be at odds with itself, each half of the tree growing in the opposite direction. The smooth bare trunks look like limbs reaching away from each other. In one way it looks like a giant bonsai tree and one can see why Acer is a popular choice for these Japanese miniatures.
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Last weekend Mark hosted a Munster Bonsai Club workshop with Ian Young and Phil Donnelly. I could only take part on the Saturday although the lads kept things rolling on Sunday.
More from Mark’s blog here;
Trees lined up for attention
Phil checking the roots of Ger’s JWP, a tree he purchased several years ago in Dublin
Initially the talk was of reducing the crown…
Then, the possibility of removing much more…
my larch clump, collected about a year previously
Dermot’s nice juniper
Mark had some homework done…
better view of Dermot’s juniper
great minds think alike… Piotr’s clump larch
Mark’s pine was already well developed
more options discussed
down to work
you missed a bit
larch after some jinning and pruning
I can’t believe you let him cut so much off !
my homework is some wiring to bring down the…
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