Harvesting Another Chinese Elm

We got some rain this week – it’s been without a doubt the most miserable weather of the winter – so my “mini-swamp” is partly full, as you can see in this photo.  I know spring is not far off, because I’m getting budding on a...

Harvesting a Chinese Elm

The second thing to bud out in spring, right behind crab apples, is Chinese elms.  Today I decided to lift a tree I’ve been growing in the ground for the past five years. Here’s the tree in the ground.  If you look closely you can see where I chopped the...

The Humble Bud – Sign of Things to Come

When collecting deciduous trees, we usually end up with nothing but a trunk.  Well, so it seems.  For most species, nothing could be further from the truth.  You see, one of the fascinating things about the growth of woody plants is that they produce buds, from which...

Bald Cypress Year Three Work

I collected this bald cypress in January 2013.  I couldn’t resist a great flaring base, great trunk movement, twisting gray bark, and that interesting “elbow” on the right-hand flaring root. I let the tree grow out unrestrained in 2013.  When 2014...

Bald Cypress Collecting – Part 2

I collected more bald cypress today.  As I suspected would happen, many are budding out.  This shouldn’t present any problem with their surviving, but it certainly will delay their rebudding.  Still, how can you say no to really nice bald cypress? Here’s...