Re potted this year in its new pot made by David Jones [Walsall Studio Ceramics].  It’s a lovely pot, but now the tree needs some attention.  Hidden in the foliage are some half decent trunk and branch lines, but Graham is already thinking that they need to be revealed.  A garden centre purchase some years ago.

Next we have a larch group,   Given to Graham about three years ago by his friend who was moving from a house near Torpoint to an apartment overlooking the marina in Falmouth.  Very nice but with a balcony only big enough to accommodate the tree but not much else. [Click on the photos below to increase the size]

It was desperate for a re-pot, which it got and has survived.  It was also covered in lichen which the previous owner thought looked nice.  To Graham it appeared to be a problem.  Several small branches were smothered in it and were dying, presumably due to lack of light on its buds.  He cleaned it all off and the tree seems healthy.  Immediate problem is to get a curve into the ramrod straight right trunk, and he is also suspicious that the three trees in the group aren’t all the same variety because the needles seem to be different lengths.

Then a field maple (well Graham pulled the sapling up in a field anyway).  Pot was constructed by Graham, assisted by David Jones at a Saturday workshop. [Walsall Studio Ceramics]

The beech was purchased from a nursery , about five feet tall, it was bare rooted.  It’s now about 18” tall and the leaves are just breaking – It’s a lovely time of the year.

Lastly, a larch before and after a minor haircut.  Bought from a garden centre as a sapling, perhaps seven years ago, it would probably benefit from more coming off.  About 30cm tall (or one foot after leaving the EU)

Graham was concerned about the quality of the photographs and his skills, he hasn’t done too bad a job. As a suggestion………..If the tree is brought forward away from the backdrop, then any shadow is eliminated or lessened. We always need to consider the angle that the camera is to the tree before the shot, the beech is a prime example, the camera is too high and looks down on the tree. Therefore the image of the tree is somewhat lost. The photographer should be looking slightly up into the tree which improves the view and therefore the photo.

Still with all this lock down, we all have plenty of time to experiment with our phone or camera. Hopefully we will see more pictures from other club members.