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Driftwood Planting

Peter Evans, United Kingdom
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The idea for this project came about when a friend gave me some pieces of driftwood to use with some young cuttings of cotoneaster he had dug from the garden. The driftwood came from a Cupresses macrocarpa that had blown down in 1980. They were the roots of the tree and had received 25 years of weathering to give them their beautiful patina.

While I was studying the pieces of wood I noticed that two of them fitted together to form an interesting planting pocket. I screwed the two parts together making sure that the screws could not be seen.


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I then fixed a piece of mesh inside the hollow to hold the soil . Having created the planting site I then had to find some material to fill it. I didnít think the cotoneaster was good enough for the project.


Fixing the Mesh


Wood with mesh

I decided to use two White Pines, Pinus parvifolia. These were the trees that I had previously styled as my qualifying entry for the European New Talent contest 2006. They were both "Shohin" size and I felt sure a good planting was possible.





The first job was to remove the heavy wire that was used in the original styling as it had been on one of the trees for 18 months and I did not want to disturb the planting again for a while. Then the trees were removed from their pots and the roots gently combed out. As they had fairly compact root balls I did not cut any roots so avoiding any extra stress. All that was required then was to assemble the composition.



The first tree was placed to form the apex and also to hang over the front of the driftwood. The second tree was placed on its side and formed the base of the planting. After filling with soil I finished by adding some moss to stop the soil washing out. A slight adjustment of the foliage completed the planting.


First Tree added


Second Tree Added

It measures 11' to the top of the foliage so I am not sure if it qualifies as a 'Shohin'.


Moss added

I am still very pleased with the results.


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