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Fall Colors and a Black Pine

Updated: Oct 8, 2020

Fall colors and a Black Pine

This is the first Fall for me here at Aichi-en and it’s amazing!  As all the deciduous trees start to change colors, I really got a sense of the change in season.  Also, the cold temperatures reminded me of that as well.  So far, I have found that in Nagoya, the Spring is short and the Fall is short.  The longest seasons seem to be the Summer and Winter.  Perhaps it’s just my mind playing tricks on me because the Summers are so hot and the Winters are so cold.  ;o)  Coming from California where the weather is mild year round, I’ve had to adjust to the weather in Japan big time.  I have to care what I’m going to wear because I’ll either freeze or suffer a heat stroke!  Having said that, I can’t complain though (though I think I just did) because it’s a great experience for me and it’ll make going home to California that much sweeter at the end.  In this post, I’m going to give you readers a sense of what Fall is like here at the nursery and I’m going to sneak in a Black Pine that I worked on recently.  Here we go!

Mr. Tanaka’s adjustments, what I learned and the future

Mr. Tanaka’s adjustments were quick and he focused mainly on the branch structure as usual.  He cut of a branch on the left side of the tree to add a bit of separation from the main branch and the top of the tree.  It was also at a point where three branches were growing out of the same spot.  This made the branch structure cleaner.  At the top, of the tree I had two branches that overlapped each over forming an X and he separated them.  After the adjustment, I studied the tree and was happy with the resulting work.  Though Mr. Tanaka’s adjustment doesn’t look as round and as clean as what I did, the structure of the tree came out better and overall is the important lesson to learn on this tree.  This tree still has a long way to go and the needles will be shortened in the future so Mr. Tanaka wasn’t too worried about how the silhouette looked at the moment.

I hope you all are enjoying the Fall colors in your area this year and that you too have some color in your own yards.  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everybody following my experiences here at Aichien.  The year is almost over and I can’t wait to see what’s in stored for me next year! (That’s assuming I make it to the end of this month)

Thanks for reading!

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