We have had some generous donations of trees to our Woodland Garden project, in fact the first tree that we planted in the, approximately 2 hectare patch of former grazing pasture, was a Cedar of Lebanon given by Len Gilbert.
We recently had a gift of several trees from one of our wholesale suppliers, Zac’s Bonsai of Kent. Mostly the trees are Acer palmatums, Japanese mountain maple, not specific varieties but nice trees nevertheless. Four here in the digger bucket to be carried round to the planting area.
Because the water table is so near the surface on much of our land and because we have only a little top soil, in many places only 15 cms. before either a sandstone pan or in the above case, a dense layer of boulder clay, our planting technique is to dig a drainage channel using the soil remove to create a mound on which the tree planting is done.
As well as the eight maples we also got a couple of very nice Dawn redwoods, Metasequoia glyptostoboides, one of the small group of deciduous conifer species. The two trees can be seen in the above photo with a couple of maple in close association.
All the tall trees will need staking well before the onset of winter. Still a big area to plant if anyone has any spare trees that need a home !