Gutted and bent out of shape

Winter is the time of year when the pruning takes over. This year there has been some major work, focused on our Japanese Maple and our apple trees.

Our Japanese Maple had taken a major hacking last year when the electricity lines were checked and we received a notice to cut both it and some of our other trees back. As the work was carried out by contractors it was a matter of just cutting back rather than carefully pruning our trees.

Grey Currawong in the unpruned Japanese Maple
Grey Currawong in the unpruned Japanese Maple

I thought it was definitely time to ‘tidy’ the tree up. I feel my efforts may lack the subtlety of a Japanese gardener. Yes,  I gutted the centre of the tree and tried to remove any branches growing vertically. I just hope that when the leaves re-shoot in spring the horizontal effect will be emphasised.

 

Gutted, or pruning with extreme prejudice.
Gutted, or pruning with extreme prejudice.

In the interim I hope you are being distracted by the cyclamen’s which have now been planted at the base of the tree.

Meanwhile in the chook pen TB was training our apple trees. You see we didn’t quite factor in a chook pen when we first planted the apple trees along the back fence. Now TB has run the trellising wires through the pen so that the two trees in the pen and those outside the pen can be trained into espaliers. It looks very stark as present, but again we hope it will be much improved when spring comes.

espaliered apple inside the chook pen.
espaliered apple inside the chook pen.

 

 

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