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    Linden, Worth it?

    The main trunk line you identify is awful - straight, immature, taperless. I’d say the material had more potential for a clump style. There’s a reason it’s discounted Imho.
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    Presumed recurrent fungal infection on Trident Maple

    too soon to say, it's only been a few days
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    The Tree Thread

    Work-in-progress Scots pine. This will be cut back and have old needles removed in about a month.
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    The Accent (Companion) Plant Thread

    Hosta 'Tiny Tears'. Only a couple of inches tall.
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    Ferns... And Keeping Them Small

    The ferns I often use grow to 3 or 4 feet in the wild (I often collect seedlings). Containerisation keeps them small, for two or three years at least.
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    Where to get good pre-bonsai in Europe

    Have a look here: https://www.bonsai-shop.com/en/bonsai
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    The Tree Thread

    Don't know about you, but I get itchy scissors fingers just looking at it. It's like resisting picking at a scab. This one WILL get a radical pruning fairly soon - Mugo pine. 'Gnom' variety, BUT it has some foliage coming out of the original rootstock below the graft (visible bottom right of...
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    The Tree Thread

    Every time I walk past this tree (Sloe, Prunus spinosa), I feel a desperate urge to prune it. it was cut back hard this spring (and twice since then) and I'm growing it out now, not planning to cut it again until next year. Really hard to resist tidying it up though!
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    The Accent (Companion) Plant Thread

    Hosta 'Blue Mouse Ears', flowers just opening today.
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    Presumed recurrent fungal infection on Trident Maple

    I’m seeing the same on a trident. In my case wet foliage is a likely contributing factor. I’m now trying mancozeb (and changing the watering). It’s been getting regular sprays of a different fungicide too, without effect.
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    Bonsai Display Shikishikake

    Some examples below. They're actually very light. The hook has a nut on it that clamps it in place, you can loosen it to move the hook up and down to adjust the height of the scroll. The second image below was on a 'pipe and drape' backcloth, as was the third - you can make a little loop of wire...
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    Bonsai Display Shikishikake

    Over here I am seeing more people using these devices to hang scrolls: https://global.rakuten.com/en/store/takumi-kyoto/item/jizai-susuh121/ It's a sliding hook in a strip of bamboo.
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    The Accent (Companion) Plant Thread

    Found one. Job for the weekend I think :)
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    The Tree Thread

    Mame-sized root-connected triple trunk UK native dogwood, Cornus sanguinea. Just defoliated and selectively pruned to promote growth of finer twigs.
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    European Hackberry

    Good call on the middle trunk imo. I like the way the two remaining trunks echo each other’s movement.
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