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.
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.
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.
The 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.