Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A little structure...

I've previously shared my love for extreme pruning. Not the kind where the home-owner or yard care crew decide to cut everything into cubes and lollipops because it's easy, but the kind where a little artistic talent is needed, think Pearl Fryar. Now I know this one verges on the dreaded "mushrooming" of a Japanese maple but ya gotta respect the precision of those lines...

At the same nursery (Portland Ave, in Tacoma) I discovered this treasure...

It's old! (okay not as old as me, but still...)

I want this in my garden!

This however, it gives me the creeps. I do love a Blue Atlas Cedar but not the weeping ones.

It's huge!

Inside looking out.

Nice job following the roof line...

This is a birch, and if I read the label correctly is going for a mere $459.99...

Can you imagine how fabulous it will be in a few years?

Of course the trunk needs a little love too...

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18 comments:

  1. I bet they stole those trees from Dr Seuss's garden!

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    1. Now that would be a fun garden to visit.

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  2. At one time their website said that topiary was a specialty. I wonder how they paint behind that weeping atlas cedar? I hope you didn't get too close as they have been known to reach out and grab unwary gardeners.

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    1. Spoken like a man who had to recently remove foliage too close to his house...

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  3. I share your horror of weeping Blue Atlas Cedars, but that one is almost palatable. Maybe it's because it's backed by the building, instead of hanging creepily from some open support as they usually do (waiting, as Peter suggested, for some unwary gardener to happen by!)

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    1. Good to know I'm not alone in my dislike.

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  4. The birch strikes me as garden art at its best.

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  5. I'm impressed with all of them, especially the Lebanese cedar, trimmed like that it has a surrealistic look to it which is great. What a fab thing to have in the garden!!

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  6. That is some serious pruning. The Japanese Maple looks like they used a laser, very precise. The Lebanese Cedar is a treasure

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  7. Interesting. OK Loree, I want to see how you are planning to prune your new catalpa to keep it garden sized! (You weren't joking about planting one of these, were you?)

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    1. No I really did plant one. I'll just pollard it, or maybe cut it completely to the ground. It's really just to help add coverage while the other plants bulk up. Perhaps once they do I'll remove (or move) it.

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  8. Oh sorry, I meant Paulownia, not Catalpa.

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    1. I get them confused all the time!

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  9. I'm surprised to say that I like that Cedrus librani too. It looks as though it wants to give up its roots and take flight. However, I can't find any affection in me for that blue atlas cedar...

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    1. I had to make myself go stand under it, I was sure there would be spiders.

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