[Matt S] Salix babylonica

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Post by Boics »

I'd let it naturally rot away.
Whilst I think hollow will look awesome I believe you will lose too much width down low right now.
Great effort on this tree nonetheless.
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Thanks for the update Matt. I still shake my head at this post (in a good way ;) - it shows us all what can be achieved in a short space of time, setbacks and all. And with stock that might seem odd at first blush. The waterwell pot if a logical choice for such a tree too.

The shari looks good already. I don't think carving is required.
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Today I repotted this tree and tidied up the branches a bit. There was a little bit of dieback on the extremities but overall she's looking pretty healthy. The new apex is a bit on the skinny side but that won't last long. I'll leave it in this pot for a while but come summer I'll probably pop it back into a waterwell pot.

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Fantastic work on making such a beautiful and well structured weeping little tree! Very impressive! Look forward to progressions over the coming years, love it!
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It looks like your youngest has talent . This looks amazing .The shari really evokes an old feeling , this tree looks like the old willows struggling to survive on the Monaro Tablelands and to think it’s a shohin size .
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This is looking great, and inspiring - I need to try willows again, but something a bit more interesting than the long straight sticks that I accidentally boiled last summer :palm:
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Boiled willow .... ... probably not ideal! This tree continues to be a highlight Matt - cheers, for the update.


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