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Post  stavros on Sun May 22, 2011 12:07 pm

A few weeks ago, i received a Myrtus tree, bought from Graham Potter. The tree was very vigorous, and i gave it a "hedge" trimming with the intention to leave it in peace for a year. It was sitting on my bench and every time i watered it, or passed by it, i was wondering how it would end up, in terms of styling.......Well, today I decided to remove some branches to let some sunlight shine through..............one thing let to another and i ended up wiring the tree Smile Smile Smile

The primary styling is finished. I am not going to do any more major work on the tree ( I mean it this time Very Happy) until next spring. There is lots of work to be done, not only in terms of more wiring, but also woodcarving. I will let the branches get thicker and next winter-spring, i will start pruning for ramification.

ANy comments?? thoughts??

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Post  Greg on Sun May 22, 2011 7:29 pm

this is a nice Myrtus!
They like some shade during the very hot days.
I think is ok for the time being, how big it is?

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Post  stavros on Sun May 22, 2011 7:51 pm

Greg wrote:this is a nice Myrtus!
They like some shade during the very hot days.
I think is ok for the time being, how big it is?

height (without the pot) around 12 inches
trunk diametre at base around 4-5 inches

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Post  will baddeley on Mon May 23, 2011 12:31 am

Funny how this tree started life in the Med, came to the Uk and then went back again. Great tree with a strong future.

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Post  stavros on Mon May 23, 2011 4:38 am

thanks for the comments guys!

as i said, the next major thing to do is the wood carving.....i have to study it well before i do any work on it....

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Post  stavros on Fri Jun 03, 2011 6:32 pm

The tree is growing like crazy!!!! Lots of new branches and leaves!!
I will try to upload a picture 2morrow.

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Post  Greg on Fri Jun 03, 2011 6:36 pm

The tree is happy returned to med land Smile

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Post  stavros on Sat Jun 04, 2011 2:53 pm

2 weeks after the initial styling.
Take a look at the growth of this tree!!!
Amazing, right??
(well... it is fertilised every other day full strength, and also receives foliar feeding with CANNA Boost accelerator daily)
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Post  Greg on Sat Jun 04, 2011 7:34 pm

Clip and grow is what I have to suggest cheers

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Post  stavros on Sat Jun 04, 2011 8:38 pm

Greg wrote:Clip and grow is what I have to suggest cheers

i will do that + wiring..

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Post  stavros on Thu Nov 10, 2011 6:55 pm

The tree was left in peace during the summer months and it ended up like a bush (picture beginning of october)
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In October, the tree was trimmed, the previous wiring was removed and secondary + new branches were wired.
Then, last weekend, i decided to do some woodcarving, in order to improve the ugly area on the upper part of the trunk. More work will follow in the near future.
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Post  stavros on Sun Mar 25, 2012 6:50 pm

The tree is growing nicely. it will be pruned and rewired during the next few days.
My last year's wiring is not as nice as i would like it to be.
Yesterday i decided to hollow the trunk even more.......
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Post  Savvas P. on Sun Mar 25, 2012 7:07 pm

Carving looks very natural Stavo,dont over do it though....it looks as if there is some dead wood under that hollow part?those whiteish marks i mean?

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Post  stavros on Sun Mar 25, 2012 7:23 pm

Savvas P. wrote:Carving looks very natural Stavo,dont over do it though....it looks as if there is some dead wood under that hollow part?those whiteish marks i mean?
The whitish marks are just the wood under bark that was removed
There is a contrast between the charred wood ( i used a small torch) in the hollowed area to give some depth.
Once the dead wood gets weathered, it will blend in with the rest. Probably the picture is not as good as it should.

Glad you like it though Smile

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Post  Savvas P. on Sun Mar 25, 2012 7:39 pm

Good job thumbs up

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