Sequoia Sempervirens

I had a notion years ago of making a Sequoia Bonsai. Mad do I here you say? Probably. I got my hands on a small one and decided that to have any chance, it needed to be big. I popped it into open ground for 8 years and forgot all about it. About two years ago we had to clear the ground and there it was in all it’s glory, throwing down a challenge. I put it into a big black pot and put it in the corner for 2 years.

Yesterday I decided it was do or die time. I always had the notion of trying to style it similar to how they grow in nature, a tall formal upright with sweeping branches. It was a mass of branches and all I wanted to do to get things rolling was, thin it out, and place primary branches.

Here’s the tree before I started.

After a little thinning out.

 And after placement of primary branches.

I know that I’m looking at years and years of hardship in trying to get this rapid grower to behave the way I want it too. I always like to have a few weird ones in the collection. I think this qualifies.

Here are a few that I looked at online for ideas.

Little Nasties

A quick inspection of a few trees has brought these issues to my attention.

First up are woolly aphids on a Scots Pine. Only on one pine at the moment but I have given it a spray. I think this is the earliest I have ever had them on any tree in my garden.

A few trees were showing signs of mildew. A crab Apple and a Wild Pear.

 All have now been treated. I keep a few spray bottles of insecticide and fungicide at hand for some spot spraying. On the bright side, I checked all my Maples and there wasn’t a black fly/aphid in sight 🙂

Walk in the Woods

My usual Sunday offering. This morning was a walk up to Scrabo Tower in Ards overlooking Strangford Lough. Views of The Mourne Mountains, and even Scotland can be seen. Some nice Spring flowers appearing amongst the nebari of beautiful Beech Trees.

Scrabo Tower

Mourne Mountains