…And Yet Another Pine on a Rock…

This composition makes me laugh. It’s got a wry 5 degree lean, and it’s quirkily planted off to one side.

The Lodgepole Pine was collected by a friend, just over onto the eastern slope of the Cascades in Oregon, USA. Lodgepole is more frequent there where it is a bit drier. Like many conifers, pines do well on rock plantings. Clinging to a rock offers perfect drainage, and pines can have excellent root growth with the extended warmth from the rock in the sun.

The bunjin pine has an odd loop to it which we mitigated with the our front choice. Then the choice of container was before us, and from the many options the Seasonal students brought back from the yard we chose this stone. I’ll let the photos tell it-

Seasonal students styling in knit hats

Finishing touches. Don’t even try this without wearing a hat.

Pine locked in (see the last post for how we did this), muck being applied-

Only one knit hat here, but that’s all you need to ensure success

Getting muckier

Our finished Lodgepole Pine on a rock, complete with a wry 5 degree lean and planted on the same side of the rock as the lean. Lodgepole pine backbuds easily and in a few years this should have a structure that can be easily detailed. Two weeks from planting and it’s showing root growth on the outside of the muck wall.

9 Comments

  1. gblack1@wi.rr.com says:

    Lovely. How old would you say the pine is?

  2. Ray says:

    Very nice Michael and students

  3. phlkrg says:

    Your compositions integrate the container with the plant…cool concept.

  4. David Wheeler says:

    AMAZING………

    On Tue, Mar 20, 2018 at 3:02 AM, Michael Hagedorn wrote:

    > crataegus posted: “This composition makes me laugh. It’s got a wry 5 > degree lean, and it’s quirkily planted off to one side. The Lodgepole Pine > was collected by a friend, just over onto the eastern slope of the Cascades > in Oregon, USA. Lodgepole is more frequent there wh” >

  5. twiliter59 says:

    Michael, What are you using, if anything, to get rid of the lichen and mosses that tend to grow on the branches of the deciduous trees here in the midwest? Rick Brownell

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    • crataegus says:

      I pick off the moss that grows in the branches, but if lichen grows I tend to leave it. The crusty type of lichen that is. It is interesting that we mostly get mosses on deciduous and not conifer bark.

      Mosses, if they are low on the trunk, can rot bark on pines, so that too I’ll take off. The lichens on conifer nebari I will leave.

  6. brandobotanical says:

    Nice Pine. Michael, I just wanted to assure you that I was indeed wearing my knit hat while reading this post.

  7. Tanluwil says:

    This one reminds me of my Japanese red pine I collected as a seedling (they’ve naturalized in a local woodland). I look forward to updates and seeing different views of this tree. I tend to prefer these kinds of whimsical shapes in bunjin bonsai. Great work!

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