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Saturday, 21 October 2017

Dave's Tanuki Juniper.

Saturday afternoon, wet and windy, what to do? 

After a look round the garden, I thought Dave's Tanuki juniper could do with another coat of lime sulpher.

This is about one year ago just after Dave brought the tree here.

After a repot and a clean up the tree put on a lot of new growth this season.

Today after a gentle prune and a coat of lime sulpher.

The deadwood will look better when it dries.

Calming down.

I have had a very busy time the last few weeks, with a holiday in Portugal, then a weekend at Bonsai Europa in Bury and last Monday a workshop with Bjorn Bjorholm in Scotland.
While all this was very enjoyable, it is nice to be able to chill out on a Saturday morning, just doing some work on my trees.

This Itoigawa juniper has had a little clean up and refinement.

This Shohin sized Itoigawa has had a bit of styling work.

It now looks a bit more refined.

My Dawn Redwood is almost bald, thanks to the strong winds on Monday.

A good mornings work.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Bonsai Thursday with Dave and Boxie.

A very interesting day exploring the rot in a Spruce that belongs to Boxie. It was decided to do an emergency repot as the rot was in the bottom of the trunk before it had gone to far.

The only way to remove the tree from the original pot without causing more damage was with a hammer.

The new pot prepared ready for the tree with a good drainage layer and some charcoal, to keep the compost sweet.

Some rot in the base was removed and the good wood that was left was treated with sealant to stop further rot.

Cleaning the root ball before potting.

The inside of the trunk was also treated .

In the new pot it will go back into the shade house to recover.

It will need a lot more work, but that will be left untill the tree shows good signs of growth.

At least now we know what is happening in amongst the roots.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Back on the benches.

After a wonderful day with Bjorn on Monday, I have recovered enough to do a little more work on one of the juniper's today.

How it looked after the workshop.

Now after I did some work on the Shari that Bjorn suggested it has eliminated most of the inverted taper on the trunk. When the lime sulpher dries it will look a lot better.

My other juniper, back on display.

They can now have a good rest.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

My workshop with Bjorn.

I cannot say in words how much I enjoyed my workshop with Bjorn and the final images of my two trees that were done on the day.

My main tree of the day, an Itoigawa juniper.

The image when done,much more compact.

The second tree, also an Itoigawa juniper.

Still a lot of work to do, but well on the way to becoming a very nice tree.

Pleased with the results, thanks Bjorn.
My thanks also to everyone involved in making the day so special.

Sunday, 15 October 2017


Six more pots that I bought from Elsebeth Bruun Ludvigsen at Europa.

Close up photos.

I love the finish on these pots.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Pots, one or two more.

Some more photos of my pot collection.

I think I need some more.