…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
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.