Wow, it’s been a busy month. These are from a month and 2 days ago. My landlady stopped by to check things out, and decided the Hollywood Junipers (Juniperus chinensis) needed trimming. Here’s how they looked, during a day when I was drying out my tarp, and realizing it was the same size as my tiny back yard:
That was 3 months before they were trimmed. They had grown in a lot more in that time. I had cut down a limb last year so I’d have room for a wood storage shed, and found pretty intricate stuff going on in the cross sections:
I never sealed these, but it’s been 6 months, and they haven’t checked in the slightest. I guess Hollywood Juniper isn’t under much tension, at least not in these small limbs. The tree guy trimmed the trees while I was at work, and I returned home to this decimation:
It was pretty shocking, and bittersweet, as I loved the privacy and shade the huge wall of foliage provided, but also will enjoy trimming up the limbs for small turning blanks. It was like my own miniature woods under there. I asked my landlady if I could keep the branches for woodworking, and she agreed. What a pile the tree guys left me!
The pile is 5’ tall, and about 8’ in diameter. It is jam-packed with spiders and their webs. I’ve recently picked up a distiller for extracting essential oils, so I want to run a bunch of the juniper leaves through that, too. I’m slowly gaining the ability to use all parts of the trees I find. I haven’t had time this month to go through any of the pile, only to cover it up so the gardeners don’t throw it away, but I’m quite curious to see how many little turning blanks I can gather out of them. I suspect it will be more than I imagine. I’m wondering how much essential oil I can tap, too, if it’ll smell as nice as the leaves do, and how often I’ll feel like setting up the distiller for yet another round :)
I’m also wondering if small juniper limb pieces can turn into anything nice. We’ll just have to wait and see. Darn these drying times…
Some more pics in the flickr set
-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator