"Do not seek to emulate the old masters, Seek what they sought" Matsuo Basho
Thursday, January 28, 2016
One of the great advantages of rosemary is the small leaf
size. It also can have a great green color and silvery accents. Some people
myself included find the aroma of the essential oil very pleasing. I saw this tree at the local box store. I think i paid
around $8.00 U.S. for it. it was tall and had many twisting branches. What I
really liked about this tree was its trunk. The trunk looked braided, and it
had bark that looked like it was peeling. It had a branch on the side that I
was not sure if I was going to keep. I decided to keep it.
The look I’m
going for is of a gnarly old oak. Here in California we have a lot of live oak.
The old trees have huge branches that touch the ground and then come back up. I
am going to give it a domed top and have the branches go down then back up.
I potted the
rosemary in mostly volcanic rock and Turface. I would say 70 inorganic and 30 organic.
Organic materials retain water. Since I didn’t add that much organic material
the soil dries out quickly. To compensate for the lack of organic material I added
a layer of moss. This will slow evaporation a little bit.