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Posted February 4, 2015 at 4:00 pm

In July 2003 at the ACS National Meeting Jerry Morris gave an excellent primer on pruning conifers.

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Posted February 5, 2015 at 9:13 am

I agree with earlier posters, more participation here would be great!

One thing I’d love to see in 2015 would be the return of the species-focused galleries of cultivar photos.

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Posted February 5, 2015 at 12:40 pm

Alex that would be great! A good challenge to throw out to folks. We’ll see what we can get going. Jeremy, I did not take photos yesterday but someone else did. I’ll try to get a hold of some. These folks worked magic on many of my conifers, including some mugo pine cultivars, Sequoia sempervirens ‘Kelly’s Prostrate’, two P. densiflora cultivars, a Cupressus glabra ‘Blue Pyramid’, a Larix deciduosa ‘Pendula’ and probably a few more that I am forgetting. It is really interesting to see how careful pruning can bring out the best in a plant that didn’t appear to need pruning before hand. The best ones were the ones that afterwards did not appear to have been pruned; they simply looked better. We will be doing aesthetic pruning demos at the 2015 National Meeting here in September. Ethan thanks for posting that link!

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Posted February 5, 2015 at 3:19 pm

wow, Mr Johnson that is an awesome picture, and an awesome tree as well! thanx for sharing that picture; kind of looks like Girards Dwf……probably didn’t spell that right
That sounds great Mrs Malone, looking forward to some pictures! did you hear the word “Niwaki” mentioned? :)

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Posted February 5, 2015 at 4:14 pm

They don’t use the term ‘Niwaki’ but it’s a similar concept. The Aesthetic Pruners grew out of a small group here in the Bay Area led by Dennis Makashima. They use a bonsai aesthetic adapted to landscape plants. They work primarily on maples and conifers but have tackled wisteria, ginkgo, etc. It’s really a great resource and way to improve the appearance of woody landscape plants. I would say that most of the work is less stylized than my understanding of ‘Niwaki’ but I’m rapidly over my head on this topic!

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Posted March 15, 2015 at 11:17 am

BUMP 🙂

hope you’re all doing well, enjoying the ushers and preparing for the season!!

every year just gets better and better with more conifers!

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Posted March 17, 2015 at 1:16 pm

The nice thing about being in the South is that the season is never really over…

But I do enjoy spring with its flushes of new growth. A beautiful time.

I’ve recently planted a number of Chamaecyparis obtusa. I think C. obtusa is a great species for the South. They may not grow as vigorously as ones planted in cooler climes, but they do hold up well with our heat and humidity. And there are tons of different cultivars in just about any shape and size, including ones of various colors and with variegation. Recent additions to my C. obtusa collection include:
Gimborn’s Beauty
Melody
Kamaeni hiba
Ellie B.
Gemstone

Dean

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Posted March 18, 2015 at 10:26 am

I’m still waiting for things to start springing to life. I’ve a little green growth on my two Pseudolarix amabilis, and a hint of green budding on the Taxodium and Cedrus, but other than that, the only thing showing signs of life are the Prunus trees (dwarf cherry, Yoshino cherry, purple leaf plum, peach) and my pear tree.

And the weeds. Of course the weeds have arrived in force. 😉

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Posted May 15, 2015 at 8:49 pm

hi everyone!

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Posted May 16, 2015 at 5:14 pm

HI – out in the garden! Gorgeous day, late spring here already. The Picea orientalis ‘Albospicata’ is looking particularly lovely. We got about .4″ of rain on Thursday which was unusual and very welcome. Here in Petaluma we are only about 1.5″ below normal for the season. All droughts are not created equal.

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