Sometimes I work on nursery trees, sometimes I work on client’s trees……and sometimes if I’ve been a really good boy I get to work on my own trees. Hopefully these regular visits will give you an insight into what goes on behind closed doors……….
Studio Stories – Spirea sprouting!!!
If you have read the student blogger’s article on “Hanby pruning” you will have seen the pictures of a rather large Spirea Japonica.
This tree was brought into one of my academy classes for discussion and some associated light pruning! The tree was just so vigorous but basically we had to remove everything….leaving the large base and three fairly thick trunks.
Almost all the new branches were too thin and growing in the wrong place. It was necessary to let the tree have this period of unrestrained growth to help it recover from being transplanted and to build up it’s vigour.
I think some of my students thought I had gone a bit too far this time…..even for me …but it really was necessary and two weeks later we already had a result! You can see how the tree is sprouting from everywhere again but this time we need to control the new growth and pinch away all buds that are not required.
Looking really good for next year now…..so maybe this Hanby pruning is not so bad after all!!!……..