May 2nd and it has been a real challenge to get a photograph in this changeable spring weather we’ve had recently! I wanted to show the cottonwood in full leaf and the day finally came that was dry and sunny. This tree came through being styled earlier this year and re-potted without losing a single branch. I’m very pleased with that! I will fertilize lightly with organic cakes once the leaves have stopped growing and have ‘set’. Then it’s a matter of pruning long shoots through the summer and watching the wires to see if they’re digging in. I will probably also have to do a little selective defoliation to allow light into the interior of the tree so the inner branches don’t weaken. The other thing to stay on top of with this species is the watering as they can get quite thirsty during the hotter summer months.