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Before/ After Growing Season Photos (8 Replies)

Posted September 9, 2017 at 9:39 pm

A few of these took off more than expected. Photos taken in early May and early September in 7b/GA.


Cedrus deodara ‘Feelin Sunny’, that’s a newly formed 25″ leader! Receives a few hours of afternoon shade. Monrovia selection.


Cupressus glabra ‘Blue Ice’. I was expecting a foot, but not three… And it only receives 4 hours of direct sun. I’m happy about it traveling up and not out though. Btw- any tips for killing wild violets?


Cupressus macrocarpa ‘Donard Gold’. Like the others, this one received more than enough water this summer. Easily went up 2′ and out 1′. Will have to consider pruning options soon, since I hear it doesn’t take well to transplanting. Monrovia selection.


Pinus thunbergii ‘Thunderhead’. Starts early and ends late. Iseli selection.


Cryptomeria japonica ‘Gyokuryu’ in full sun. Added 1′ in all directions.

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Posted September 10, 2017 at 12:18 pm

You will be needing to prune that ‘Thunderhead’ – don’t wait too long to do it. Mine gets at least 1/2 of its mass removed each year. I’ll try to dig up a photo. As for the violets, I have never figured out anything that works better than good old weeding. Over and over and over….
Great shots!

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Posted September 10, 2017 at 12:49 pm

Monrovia claims that ‘Feelin’ Sunny’ is a golden sport found on ‘Feelin’ Blue.’ I’m not buying that claim. Everyone I’ve seen starts losing the yellow and turns into a tree. I removed mine 3 years ago.

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Posted October 26, 2017 at 10:00 pm

Sara, is that because it can’t support its weight or just for the look of the tree? I heavily pruned mine once two years ago but as you can see from the photos it gets thick quickly. This year I’ve noticed it leaning. I should go prune this weekend after seeing your comment. Here are all of my photos of my plant. Check out the April 2017 photo and the Oct. 2018 photo:Pinus thunbergii ‘Thunderhead’

Regarding Feelin’ Sunny™ (Cedrus deodara ‘MonKinn’) it’s now in my “Plants That Died” collection. As you might guess… I took photos of the sudden death.

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Posted October 27, 2017 at 12:20 pm

Because otherwise it just turns into a huge, lumpy, shapeless old bear. The large white candles against the deep green needles are beautiful, but this is a vigorous, fast-growing plant and shortly gets out of control…

My Feelin’ Sunny is lovely, though, with no pruning whatsoever!

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Posted October 28, 2017 at 9:22 am

Some company planted a grouping of ‘Thunderhead’ in my area. I doubt these have ever been trimmed. You can get an idea of their growth rate by changing the date back to 2015.
https://www.google.com/maps/@33.8654174,-84.4517003,3a,75y,27.83h,90t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sdHc_yz5vbUfsD0sIodgSew!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

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Posted October 28, 2017 at 11:25 am

They’re small still – and their structure is nothing to aspire to for a specimen plant in one’s own garden!

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Posted November 5, 2017 at 1:50 pm

Wild violets; Turflon ester worked well for me in NH

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Posted November 8, 2017 at 8:13 am

Thank you. I will try that.

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