Having developed my twin trunked Myrtle over the last three years and being happy that a tree from the south of Italy could indeed thrive in my garden I decided to GO LARGE and take on a rather bigger Myrtle. This was originally owned by Andrea Meriggioli and was brought over from Italy by my good friend JP to the Burrs event earlier this month, the tree caused quite a stir when brought into the workshop by two of the younger participants.
The previous owner had worked the tree for a number of years, developing branches and cleaning the trunk line of stumps. It’s up to me to bring the tree to exhibition level by further developing the canopy, working on the dead areas, repotting and refining. The current soil may well be ideal for Northern Italy but it is far from suitable for the cold wet North of England, this will be address in the spring when the tree will be repotted.
Careful consideration as to the design of the tree will happen over the winter months, it is my opinion that there are two trees within the current incarnation; I may well split the tree in two at repotting… lets see when the tree is removed!
I will shorten the long branches to two leaves, this will help me decide what will happen next. Its going to be an interesting few years but the outcome will be worth it I am sure.