At the request of a reader (xRay) on the original creatively pruned Japanese dappled willow post I thought I would show you how it looks now. It needs some touching up, especially around the base and a few more branches need to be thinned around the canopy but the overall form is in tact and filling in nicely above the window area. You can see how it frames the garden behind it that still has Asiatic lilies in bloom. The great thing about pruning dappled willows is that you really don't have to worry about how much you prune and if you do make a mistake you can always cut it back to the trunk or coppice it (pruning to the base of the plant) and start it again. It's the classic do-over in plant form!
Don't forget that willows root easily in water and you can make enough to try these kinds of projects yourself! You might consider weaving trunks together, making a topiary, or even a willow fence - the possibilities are endless. Well maybe not endless per say but you catch my drift!
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Monday, June 21, 2010
Revisiting the Japanese Dappled Willow Sculpture
Dave is the author of Growing The Home Garden and runs a small nursery business growing vegetables and herbs for local customers in Spring Hill, TN. (Blue Shed Gardens or FB page). He has written for gardening publications, Troy-Bilt and Lowe's and is available for edible garden consulting. Dave gardens organically and when he isn't writing, collecting seeds, or propagating plants he's parenting his 4 children as a stay at home dad.