At the start of the year I collected several, mostly small, yamadoris, pine, birch, spruce and one large whitethorn. The latter has taken fairly well, given it's large size and relatively small root. The pines were a mixed bag and it's with these that I had most casualties, mainly due, I think, to a lack of shelter from cold winds in late spring. All the birches remain alive although I'd have expected more growth. The spruces are doing fine.
|some fresh shoots, the cut reveals some deep cracks running down the stem,|
probably from the original site clearance
|strong straight stem|
|background shows the largest pine collected, |
one of the failures in the front
|it was great to see some buds finally open and a few candles appear|