Saturday, 22 March 2014

Couple of West Country natives turn up

This morning was spent on a collecting trip to south of the county. Two trees caught my eye where they sat in the ground back in early winter and today the buds were moving so it was out with the spade and up came a hornbeam and a beech ! Collected wild trees.......yes, rugged wild collecting site up a mountain and down a cliff.........nearly -well more like a lovely well drained growing bed in my friends bonsai area. The two trees had become surplus to his needs and had been put in the ground to free up the pots just over a year ago. This meant the root pads were still nice and fine and flat and the upper growth has stayed fine too. Much longer in the growing bed would result in strong heavy roots forming and the new thick root formation would then be mirrored by the upper growth getting heavier and coarser too.

The cream oval is 26"x 5" deep so the trees are not exactly small ones. Its nice to have a few native trees here once in a while if they are good ones and these two certainly make the grade  - added to the twin Scots pine and totally unique 7 trunk beech raft we'll soon end up with a reputation for supplying top quality UK natives too haha.

this bonsai collecting lark is quite good - I wonder when i'll be able to find another couple growing in the ground like these ! Few bargain trees here too - the trident group in the background is only £275.00. 

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