red scion

To Hold OblivAeon at Bay (maxmutli)

As the mist-fueled portal opens, the woman and her traveling companion are in awe at what they see. It’s a graveyard, for massive mecha.

“Omnitron! Get some detailed images of these bad boys and upload them to the Idealist! She’s going to freak out!”

“A query, Devra? Should we not awaken these mechanical golems with your power? They may prove to be useful against the Scions.” The red-eyed robot answers, still taking the pictures.

She holds out her hand towards them, and starts getting a read of their programming. “These aren’t golems, Omnitron! These things were designed to be piloted! Two pilots, sharing a neural bridge to make these things move and fight! That’s amazing!”

“My Database has no information on what sort of threat would require the construction of such war machines, Devra.” Omnitron finishes uploading the information. “A response from the Idealist. She seems to have held down the ‘A’ key on her keyboard. Should I take that as an expression of interest?”

“Yup. She’s happy. And we will be too. Let’s wake them up!” Pink sparks jump from her finger tips as she works on bringing back the Jaegers before her. But her little show of power has an audience.


Grafted Purple-Leafed Contorted Hazel

Rootstock: Turkish Tree Hazel (Corylus colurna)

Scion: ‘Red Majestic’ Hazel (Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’ x Corylus maxima 'Purpurea’)

According to the US patent on the scion (top) cultivar, it was developed in Germany in 1997. [x] I’m assuming it’s on a Turkish Hazel rootstock, because of the white bark and single leader form. 

This grafted tree was the last one at the local nursery, on clearance to make way for new stock, so I thought I would give it a try to replace a willow I dug out.

I would certainly like to try doing grafts of my own with materials from both scion and stock, but given that it is patented, there are unfortunately legal limits on how gardeners can innovate with, share, swap, and improve this cultivar.