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Studio Stories – Rearranging a forest planting

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 – Rearranging a forest planting

On a recent one to one a student brought several trees for repotting. One of these was a small forest of red Deshojo Maples.

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The student had a separate individual tree which was originally from the same batch as the forest. It had suffered in the past and was not really good as a solo tree so it was hoped that this could be incorporated into the forest planting.

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The trees were removed from their pots and the roots combed out. A short twin trunk maple was removed from the group to make room for the new tree.

The original four trees were left together but planted in a different place in the pot. The extra tree and the short twin trunk tree were then introduced to the new design. Compost was added and the repotting completed.

IMG_4381 IMG_4386 IMG_4387The trees were then pruned back in keeping with their position in the pot and relative to the rest of the group. I feel these trees now work really well together. There is depth and movement in the forest together with a sense of landscape created by the space to the right. Trunks and branches are in harmony……branches and twigs can now be developed in the coming seasons.