Circus Tree: Six individual sycamore trees were shaped, bent, and braided to form this.
how the hell do you bend and braid a tree
Actually pretty easy. Trees don’t reject tissue from other trees in the same family. You bend the tree to another tree when it is a sapling, scrape off the bark on both trees where they touch, add some damp sphagnum moss around them to keep everything slightly moist and bind them together. Then wait a few years- The trees will have grown together.
You can use a similar technique to graft a lemon branch or a lime branch or even both- onto an orange tree and have one tree that has all three fruits.
As a biologist I can clearly state that plants are fucking weird and you should probably be slightly afraid of them.
On that note! At the university (UBC) located in town, the Agriculture students were told by their teacher that a tree flipped upside down would die. So they took an excavator and flipped the tree upside down. And it’s still growing. But the branches are now the roots, and the roots are now these super gnarly looking branches. Be afraid.
But Vi, how can you mention that and NOT post a picture? D:
From the top: Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, The Giver by Lois Lowry, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Bambi by Felix Salten, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor, Number the Stars by Lois Lowry, East of Eden by John Steinbeck, The Bible, Bulfinch’s Mythology by Thomas Bulfinch a couple of my favorite books.
This is my primary blog. I have a secondary blog dedicated to my profound love of the Autumn season, which can be found here: http://octoberwoods.tumblr.com/. Random Musings is not really a theme blog, it is about what I like, what I find beautiful and inspiring. There will be a lot of vintage, nature, whimsy, geek, fantasy, sci-fi and much more. Enjoy! :)