Abies Procera 'Glauca' - the Noble Fir

Klytus

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Whilst out seeking well rotted manure and looking at comical Ducklings i spied some recent additions to the Conifer section of the Garden Center.
At first my eye was drawn to some interesting droopy leafed pines who's name i just knew i would never remember but then i saw these hansomely tapering bulbous boles of blue fir.
Obviously these are Scions and beneath the almost Caudiciform swelling there will be some skinny stock.
Of the two they had one was an upright and the other leaning,i chose the leaning purely because the bole was bigger.
The buds at the end of the thickly needled branches came mainly in threes and all together gave the impression of a mass of fantastical creatures fleeing the nest,to me at least
I didn't want to do too much lopping at the roots so i bought a nice glazed flowerpot in a somewhat garish silver/grey with red dribble.
Later at home i excavated a little and found i had removed one thin root emerging from the egg shaped swelling but there were also a lot of very large roots emerging at the foot of the what could well be pure peat.
I removed as much of this stuff as i felt comfortable with but it wasn't so much as to clarify exactly what was going on beneath the trunk.
Grafting roots seems to me to be something i would rather not trouble myself with but applying a hormone of some kind would be doable,but would it work?
Should i even bother and instead enjoy this thing growing an ever larger bulge with a fine taper and it's great blue sprays occaisionally sprouting flowers and ornate economy sized cones?

I do enjoy Caudices so perhaps i answer my own question a little.
 

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Whilst out seeking well rotted manure and looking at comical Ducklings ....

i don't know how many times I've started a story like this... Too many to count, I guess.
 

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It was difficult as i had to evaluate two different types of dung just by feeling the bags and teasing out stray pieces from aeration holes.

I am told there are two sorts,the hot from horses and the cold from cows and other vaguer farmyard animals.

In the end the lure of the Organic label on the cold proved the winner.
 

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