26 It takes several hours until such a big tree is defoliated carefully.
27 Summer 2005; defoliation almost finished
28 Summer 2005; after complete defoliation; be careful with small-leaved maples! They have to be very strong. This one is very strong, so it can take total defoliation.
29 Summer 2005, after defoliation the new growth comes as expected.H
30 Early summer 2005; even a well established tree like this maple has to be prepard to go to the Gingko Award
31 Summer 2005; this is how it went to the Gingko Award 2005.
32 FAll 2005; at the Gingko Award 2005
33 Fall 2005
34 Fall 2005
35 Fall 2005; nebari
36 Fall 2005
37 Fall 2005
38 Fall 2005; proud owner
39 Fall 2005, this picture was published in a couple of magazines
40 Winter 2005/6
41 Spring 2006
42 Spring 2006
43 Spring 2006
44 Spring 2006
45 Spring 2006
46 Spring 2006
47 Spring 2007; this is the back sinde which is not so bad either. The missing taper on the main trunk is very apparant, however.And the knob and especially the hook up on the top of the main trunk look odd.
48 Spring 2007; looks fine, but there might be a better front. The hook and the knob up on top of the main trunk are bothering me a lot. There must be a way to hide this. This fault is only apparent when the tree has no foliage. But don't the say "with deciduous trees you cannot cheat; when the foliage is off the truth comes out."
49 Spring 2007; this seems to be a better front
50 Spring 2007; today is the day of repotting and changing the front. I am so used to repot my maples when the foliage is already out that I am often not aware how shocking this is to many. They think it is way too late. Well, I do this since many years with great success, as one can see. And I have learned that it is better to repot rather late than early. Most do it the other way round.
51 Spring 2007; the tree is not as heavy as one tends to think
52 Spring 2007; the rootball gets raked thoroughly
53 Spring 2007; this is how small the rootball becomes. My new assistants get a shock every time the see this.
54 Spring 2007; looks good
55 Spring 2007; this is the last chance to change something.
56 spring 2007; David puts fine substrate on top. This is baked clay which is used for building industry in Germany
57 Spring 2007, after successful repotting and changing the front. David and Walter!
58 Spring 2007
59 Spring 2007, the famous spring picture. These are the actual colors, no tricks!
60 Summer 2007; at the big exhibit in Versailles, France
61 Summer 2007; at the big exhibit in Versailles, France
62 Summer 2007; at the exhibit in Nymphenburg, Germany
63 Fall 2007
64 Fall 2007
65 Fall 2007
66 Fall 2007
67 Fall 2007
68 Fall 2007
69 Fall 2007; this is the very last fall picture of this year, By now the tree is in the greenhouse already.