And if there’s ONE tree you must see at Fota…

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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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A Tale of 2 Trees or a Tree of 2 Halves?

One of our local gardens here in cork Ireland.

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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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New pots from ian baillie

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I was at a workshop in belfast last weekend with ian baillie.i picked up some new pots from ian.first up is this juniper.ian actually owned this tree for many years and was happy with the direction  the tree was going.
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Next was a black pine in a aubergine colored pot.
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This is a potentilla in a lovely blue glazed pot.the flowers are white and should go well with the pot.
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Close up of the glaze.
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Chinese elm in its new pot.should be nice when the tree fills out a bit.i had a great time in belfast a big thanks to the club for hosting it.