Minimalist Hemlock Styling~
This mountain hemlock clump, Tsuga mertensiana, was featured in a styling post some years ago, and after a recent reworking felt ready for a revisit. Since the styling it’s been placed on a Corian slab, and moss has taken over.
This one seems to slow down visitors. With some curiosity, I’ve watched some literally come to standstill in front of it, as if listening. I don’t know what that’s about, though it’s an interesting response. The tree is very large, about 6′ tall.
I collected this tree with Bobby Curttright seemingly forever ago, though it was likely only about 6 years or so. I’m full of ponderables today—bonsai appears to both compact and expand time, depending on what part of it you’re connecting to. Today it’s the expanding part.
The tree however is in the present (and the past at the same time, if you’re counting rings…) and is patiently sitting out the drizzly winter in Portland, Oregon, should you care to visit. We have umbrellas.
Raw tree after several years growing in a box. The slope of the original soil mass was so steep we engineered the box to simply merge with the slope.
First styling, in 2017.
And the slab preparation. We used a Corian slab here, a common countertop material. Andrew in the back with the slab itself, Alan cutting out feet.
Laura painting the bevel.
The roots out of the box.
Preparing the root mass for the slab.
Using a muck wall to complete the design, and filling in with media.
Punching holes on the bottom of the muck wall so we don’t get a water blowout.
Alan sporting a wry hoodie~
Here’s where we ended the potting-up day, with a bit of late afternoon light.
After three years of growth, this is the tree today, January 2020. For design, I wanted to give the feeling of a clump of trees on a slope, perhaps a hint of a prevailing wind. And rather than reverse energy which we usually do (planting the tree on the right and having the flow go left, for instance), simply have it continue going right. Everything to the right. Which isn’t the most dynamic of ideas, but…I wanted to try it. Feel free to comment~