Exacta Weather – Winter 2011/12 Forecast

Now you have watched this, you can’t say you weren’t warned 🙂 That’s why I’m adding another poly tunnel in the garden!!

Common Juniper

I have a love hate relationship with this tree!! I collected it from a cliff face back in 1998.

After initial strong growth, this was the first styling.

Things progressed well. This is it in 2000.

I got an Ian Baillie pot made for the tree in 2003.

Then it all went ‘Pete Tong’ I had a disaster with a conifer fertilizer that killed 7 of my best trees 😦 A few others suffered but survived. This was one of them. I lost a few main branches at the apex. Needless to say, I wasn’t in any mood to photograph the tree at this point!

As with most Common Junipers collected from the wild, this one has ‘Rust’ Fungus. This became more dominant and I lost a few minor branches here and there.

It was planted in a wash hand basin in a very open mix. This was it in 2009. No styling since 2005. The lost apex branches are there for all to see 😦

I decided to put it back into its Ian B. pot. I kept the tree in the poly tunnel for the last 1 1/2 years and growth has been good.

Last week I lifted it out while I was reorganising things in the tunnel. Of course I forgot to put it back in! That night we had major gusts of wind and when I spotted it on the bench the following day it was at a new angle not selected by me!! I have now added a support and am giving serious thought it transferring it to a bigger pot for a few years. This is it now.