It's been hot all summer here and I've been without AC the whole time so I thought I'd post a picture that might help others in the same position to at least mentally cool off! I sure know every time I look at this pic a cool brease seems to blow across me. Actually I have put this in because I have seen many people intrested in canadian spruce and many workshops using them but rarely have I seen them in a show. More often than not it's because they are difficult to work with. The easiest way as far as I'm concerned is to leave them alone and let them do their thing. The one in the picure below is 35 years old now, and the only thing I've ever done with it as far as training foliage is to pinch the new growth in the spring and some strategic minimal branch pruning. It's never been wired in it's life.
Picea glauca "conica"