Stephen and Ian’s big Adventure

Well, not big, a few hours out driving around speculating where there might be trees to collect. I wanted to get a few snaps of some trees in a field near where I live before they came into leaf. This is them.

No trees but nice all the same.

I took Stephen to see some Blackthorn that were amazing but totally un-collectable. Deep deep rooted into stone. To even attempt to lift these would be a waste of time and a sin for ruining a beautiful tree. Some things are better left alone. It was blowing a gale at the time but Stephen was still amazed at the quality of these wee fellas. The bark was to die for. We collected a few dead branches to use as accents. The movement and character in them is amazing.


Bursting into flower

We then came across these Ivy’s among the rocks. Not deep rooted 🙂

The place was covered with them!

Removal of a few stones resulted in a few keepsakes. This is Stephen doing his impression of Father Jack. DRINK!! 🙂

Back at the bat cave…

This one held onto a rock

I’m hoping for these to put out some decent root and then I’ll air layer a few small bits off here and there. I have a wee Ivy air-layer and they take easily. We picked up a few nice stones for display as well. I’ll post more pics tomorrow.

3 comments on “Stephen and Ian’s big Adventure

  1. What a cracking good day you had, would looooove to get my hands on a decent Blackthorn, its on my list as a fave species. Well done Ian, looking forward to seeing progress on The Ivy. 🙂 Martin.


    • Blackthorn are a nightmare to collect. The fine root can be 12 feet away from the tree. They are one of my favourites as well but I just can’t seem to find one worth the effort and risk. I think the ivy should be ok. Some amazing shari on them.


  2. Funny enough i was thinking about popping up on Dartmoor tomorrow see if i cab find some Blackthorn, see what the weather is doing. Shari is just amazing, adds sooooo much to the subject, cant get enough 🙂


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