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Saturday, 30 June 2012

Peter Warren at Willowbog.

Today Mike R and myself took advantage of Mr Snarts invite to the workshop by Peter Warren at Willowbog,it turned out to be worthwhile as we both enjoyed the day.

Here are a few photos of the day.

I think Peter S mentioned the word discount!!!!!!JOKE.

All three students working hard and enjoying themselves.

Friday, 29 June 2012

The bonsai art of Japan episode 26.

Just arrived from Bjorvala Bonsai Studio episode 26.All you need to know about re-potting.

I look forward to the next issue as these videos are very enlightening.

Thursday, 28 June 2012

More of my trees.

Here are three more of my trees, these photos were taken this morning just before the heavens opened again.

My Dawn Redwood which I have just given a little clip out.

My prize wining  Juniper from the 2012 BSA show.

Finally my favourite Hawthorn, which has had a small restyle recently.
All three are growing very well at the moment, especially the Hawthorn which is extending so much I am having to pinch out new growth almost every day.

Light water.

We have a little bit of rain today so I do not think I will have to water the trees,

It was also so dark I had to use the flash on the camera.

The rain was bouncing about ten inches up from the table.

Ever since they banned hose pipes down south its done nothing but rain.
We must have a very good Minister for drought in this country!!!


This damp humid weather we are having at the moment is doing my succulent accent plants the world of good, they are expanding all over the place,pretty soon I will have to start thinning them out.

Recently I have been busy taking the wire off most of my trees to let them have a rest over the next few months.I think it does them good to have a bit of stress relief ,something we could all do with.

My Acer Palmatum is doing well this year,must be the damp,humid conditions.

My collected Golden Yew is showing good strong buds now, a good sign that it has survived from being lifted and producing new roots.Fingers crossed!

My Trident Maple, although growing well and extending it still has this problem on the foliage.

I have given it a good dose of systemic insecticide and sprayed it with fungicide it still has this problem.
Anyone got any ideas what else I can do?

Tuesday, 26 June 2012


Man cannot manage his affairs as well as a tree.

George Bernard Shaw.

Monday, 25 June 2012

Natter night 25th June

Quite unusual tonight,it was a warm and sunny night for my three visitors and me so we could work outside for a change.As is the norm Ken M brought two trees to have a bit of pruning come styling done.

This first one a Chinese Elm { Cork bark } needed some work on the apex to which we did some severe pruning last year by removing about three quite thick branches, this left it very thin on top, { just like me }but now it has grown we were able to form a better crown.Then Ken gave it a good clip out,did a pretty good job to.

The second one a Golden Yew which just needed a haircut, which Ken did with some guidance from Mike and myself

I think Mr Greedy from Willowbog is right the older you get the more forgetful you get,I did not take an after photo.
We still had a good night,plenty tea and coffee and a good natter,which is what it's all about.

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Novice workshop 23rd June

A well attended workshop and a very busy day for Peter,Terry and myself.

from this.

to this

Even Mike R got roped in to give some input to styling this large Pine belonging to newbie David.

Although the weather tried it did not dampen the spirits of the people attending the workshop, which was over all to quick for us.Never mind we will be back in two weeks time for the chat day.
Maybe earlier if I can sneak up next week to see Peter Warren doing his workshop! 

Friday, 22 June 2012

Flaming June.

Summer has arrived here in Carlisle, how do we know? the rain is warm!

No I do not have a fault with the camera, the streaks are the torrential rain we are having at the moment.

There are only two good things about the rain,
Number 1 - I do not have to water my trees today.
Number2 - it makes the trees look nice and fresh.

I had a new post from Willowbog chat today, I think it is a reminder from Peter that tomorrow is the novice/intermediate workshop.
It will be very nice to see old and new faces again,and Peter will also be there to help Terry and myself this time!!

Only joking Peter.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

A stroll with the wife.

Yesterday I took my wife to see the new love of my life,the local nature reserve at Wreay just up the road from where we live.

Needless to say she loved the place nearly as much as I do.

Who couldn't? 

These Willow were really shining in the sunshine.

From death comes life,this trunk has been dead for a long time but the ferns are thriving growing from it.

On a tree that has fallen across the river I spotted these two bell like objects and do not have a clue what they are, anybody know?

Kevin Wilson--- Olive carving demo

If carving is your thing then you must learn from one of the best, "Kevin Wilson."I have watched these videos  several times and each time I see something different, he is an inspiration and in these videos you can see his artistic side very much to the for. He makes it look so easy, but for a craftsman like him I suppose it is.
Watch and learn from the master of the Makita.
Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Check out Kevins own web site via my links.

Monday, 18 June 2012

Natter night 18th June.

An absolutely gorgeous night, sun shining, birds singing but only one visitor, Ken M. Even so I think he enjoyed having a one to one workshop with me.
He brought two trees, the first one an Oak he de-wired then I showed him how to cut the leaves in half by folding then cutting at an angle to keep the same shape.

 Then we started on this Larch, all we did was remove the needles that were hanging down and put a couple of guy wires on. Amazing what a difference it made to the tree.

A quiet but a very pleasant night,I will be very happy when this stupid football is finished and everything gets back to some kind of normality.

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Thought of the day!!

What makes none stick coatings like Teflon stick to the pans in the first place?

Funny the things you think about!

False Cypress-Boulevard.

I found the old photos of my False Cypress which tell the story of its journey into life as a Bonsai.

This is the tree about one year after collection.

After about five or six years and a lot of styling it was coming along nicely, plenty of growth and very healthy.
It was about 32inches high and 32inches wide for quite a long time until one day I decided it was to big.
Some drastic action was needed, so here goes nothing.
 I started by removing the foliage. 

 Then the bark to create Jins,then stood back and looked at it,I then decided it looked out of place so cut it off.
I then roughly styled what was left, which was not very much, and left it to recover for a couple of years.

Fully recovered from its ordeal I started to style.
 The angle on the trunk had to be changed drastically,I knew this was not going to be an easy task and would take time.
Over time the trunk got lower and lower until eventually I won and it is now down to where I want it.
 Now I concentrated on the canopy to improve and refine it,I removed the bottom layer of branches as they were to long, then wait a bit longer for it to grow again.

 I know it seems silly to cut growth off then have to wait for it to grow again but it works.

 As you can see from this latest photo it has come on a long way since I chopped it.
Now I can work on the refinement of the foliage and improve it some more.

Not a bad tree which cost nothing but twenty odd years of enjoyable work.