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Monday, 24 October 2016

Natter night 24th October 2016.

A busy night for visitors with seven people coming, but not much to work on as regards trees.

Ken M brought this Cotoneaster to work on and to show us the colour of the leaves and berries.

After a small clip it is now a bit more open.

This Common Juniper, which is one of my tree's, also had a rework.

It now has a much more open image.

A new visitor Jack brought a couple of young Fuchsia plants for some advice.
 Still in flower.

A nice change from the normal green of trees.

Ken's Juniper.

During the workshop with Robert Porch on Saturday I took this photo of Ken M with his triple trunk Juniper.

Every now and again I manage to capture a really good image and I think this is one I am proud of.

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Workshop day with Robert.

A very good day was had by all five participants of today's workshop here with Robert Porch.
Some of the trees that were worked on today.

More trees.

As Andy P was the first one here his Squamata Juniper was started first.

Robert started by removing unwanted branches.

Then Andy started to wire the rest of the branches.

After branch placement by Robert, it now looks like a tree, instead of a bush.

This Scots Pine which belongs to John G was next to be worked on.

John wired the tree.

Then Robert placed the branches, closely watched by John.

Ken's Triple trunk Chinese juniper was the next one to be treated by the master's touch.

After a light prune, Ken added a small amount of wire.

The finished Juniper, a very nicely refined tree.

Margery brought this garden center Cotoneaster to work on today.

After some guidance from Robert she wired the whole tree.

She was very pleased with the finished weeping style.

This Juniper which Brian T brought was the first of two to be styled .

Brian assisted by Boxie, or was it the other way round, wired the tree.

A closer view before work began.

After wiring and styling a nice image emerged.

After discussing this Juniper with Robert they decided which would be the best way to go with it.

So the wiring duo started again.

Robert then placed the lower branches.

The apex was then turned into Jin.

Then Robert had another tweak.

Ken's second tree, the Yew on the right, was clipped and wired.

The Yew looks much more compact now.

A great day of work and education for all,  by an excellent tutor.

Thank you once again Robert.

Friday, 21 October 2016

Almost ready.

I have been getting things ready for the workshop here tomorrow with Robert and I am almost there, just the food to do.
The studio cleaned and ready.

Overflow space.

Ken's two trees.

Some nice colour on my trees.

Dawn Redwood.

Swamp Cypress group.

Hawthorn group.

A good show as long as the wind does not blow tonight.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Bonsai Thursday.

Another Thursday and another Bonsai day.

The trees are fast moving into Autumn.

On Tuesday I had a visit from John R, who brought this Boulevard Cypress for some advice, after a quick lesson he is going to fully wire and bring it back for a restyle.

Boxie brought back his bark cleaning spray and as Ken had left his Juniper for a workshop with Robert Porch on Saturday, we gave it a good clean and also removed some wire Ken had missed.

The spray is like a miniature high pressure washer and works very well to remove algae from the tree without any damage to the foliage or bark.

A beautiful sunset to end the day.

The next step is workshop day with Robert.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Monday, 17 October 2016

Natter night 17th Oct 2016.

The night started a little early when Boxie brought one of his Juniper's to get some photos of it on the photo bench.

Looking very good after the recent workshop with Bjorn Bjorholm.

I started on another of my Boulevard Cypress.

After a bit of thinning out.

No Ken I do not think that planting angle is right, Oh you are just removing wire.

Also getting wire removed, a nice Yew.

Another of Ken's trees, a Scots Pine had a slight prune and tweak.

This Juniper also had the wire removed, this time by Boxie, as it is his tree.

Getting dark early now.

Also starting to get cold.