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Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Chat day at Willowbog, this Sat 3rd Nov

I am looking forward to Saturday 3rd as it is chat day at Willowbog Bonsai once more,bad new's for Peter I can stay a bit longer as I am on holiday this weekend. I am not sure what to take with me to work on,but I will make up my mind before then.

My Trident Maple look's a good candidate, being almost bare it is ready for some wire.
Talking about bare my Dawn Redwood is looking the same.

In comparison a small Cotoneaster is still looking a nice colour with plenty berries.

So I have plenty to choose from, it all depends how much room we have in the car.
See you all there, if you are in the area.

Monday, 29 October 2012

Natter night 29th Oct

Even though I had six visitors tonight no-one brought any trees to work on,just as well I had already started on one of my own.A Larch which I have had for just over a year, it was clipped back and had a bit of styling about this time last year, then de-wired in spring and left to grow over summer.It responded very well and had now dropped most of it's needles, so I decided to help and remove the rest before wiring again. 

This is how it was when I brought it in to the studio to start work.

After wiring and styling I also opened up the Shari on the trunk a little more,later next year I will do more refinement and carving to make it look natural.

This tree needs to grow and ramify quite a lot more but that will come in time.
All in all not a bad night's work and I actually worked on one of my tree's.

Monday again.

Monday again already, the week seems to get shorter and shorter,or is that me getting older and older.Just been getting ready for to-nights natter and noticed how much the trees have changed in the last few days.

My Larch on the Left and Trident Maple almost bare.

Dawn Redwood a good breeze or sneeze will render it bare also.
From lovely colours in the last few weeks to a mess of foliage everywhere,another job to be done before the bugs start to inhabit.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Bonsai art of Japan episode 30.

Check out the latest video from Bjorvala Bonsai.

Another excellent video. 

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Not much left.

After a quite breezy night there is not very much left on some of my trees.

My Acer Palmatum, after looking brilliant in Autumn colours for a couple of weeks it is now bare.

My Hawthorn, almost as bare.

My Kiyohime Maple showing nice colour but not far from being the same as other deciduous trees.

Another Larch which will not be long before i can start to wire and style.
 Looking at these trees it is a sure sign that it will not be long before we need to dig the thermal undies out.
The only good thing about winter is being able to collect new material.Time to get the collecting bag ready for a nice day and get out there looking.

Monday, 22 October 2012

Natter night 22nd Oct.

Another quite busy night with six visitors and one who wanted to come,but coudn't because he does not have his own private jet. Ingvar from Sweden who commented on my last post,{ check it out}he is Little trees from Sweden  in my links, {check his blog as well}.I started the night by doing a little more wiring on Ken's Chinese Juniper from last week, there was not very much to do but Ken was very pleased with what he saw when he arrived.

The photo is not the best but the tree is much thinner and shows more refinement than before.

Then when everyone was there Shrek {ie Simon}decided to shorten his Cotoneaster he collected last week.
This is what it was like then.

And now four views from tonight.

Now it is time that will tell what happen's and how it respond's next year.
still a lot of potential.
I find the time seem's to go very fast on Monday night for some reason,could be as I enjoy it so much.

Natter night preparation.

I do not know if anyone ever thinks of it but Natter night does not just happen all by its self, there is quite a bit of preparation work to be done.
First thing clean up the studio.

Sweep the carpet!!
Fill water containers and replace cups in the cupboard.
Then off to the local supermarket.

All stocked up with milk chockie bickies and cake.

Just about there now.

Door open .welcome one and all.

Bring your trees for everything connected with BONSAI.
Or just come for a cup of tea or coffee and a good natter.

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Sunshine again.

The autumn sunshine continues to bless us, just been in the garden and snapped these two trees before it vanishes.

My Trident Maple in it's autumn colours.

My Acer Palmatum is scarlet, this is the best time of the year for Maples.

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Willowbog workshop, Oct

Today's workshop was attended by six students, who brought along their trees to try to learn more about how to look after them.
Before the workshop began I had a walk round in the sunshine { yes sunshine }and took a couple of snaps just to prove it.

Larch showing their autumn colours in the brilliant sunshine.
Here are a few snaps of the workshop in progress.

Today's tokanoma display, a very nice Hemlock.

Below is an ex Len Gilbert tree, now belonging to one of today's students, who is looking after it very well.

A Cedar.

The day went very well but very fast.

Friday, 19 October 2012

Fall or Fell.

Autumn has arrived here in Carlisle looking at my Larch as the needles have started to drop.

The bench and pot are covered in needles.
Soon be able to start wiring.

Some lovely little toadstools on my Juniper.
I believe this to be a sign of damp conditions, to be expected after all the rain we have had!!

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Big pot needed.

I think I need a big pot for this Scots Pine I found,I may also need a JCB to dig it out.

With a bit of carving and a lot of wire who knows?
Am I getting over ambitious, or senile.?

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Yamadori Cotoneaster

Yet another Cotoneaster this time collected by Simon { Shrek} yesterday , it will be left until next spring to see what grows then cut back once we know what is alive.Hopefully this will make a nice tree in the future.

 Some good movement and base all we need now is growth!!

Monday, 15 October 2012

Natter night 15th Oct.

A busy night with nine people turning up, two of which were from over the border in bonnie Scotland who just happened to be in this area today.Peter Thorn and Geoff from Ayrshire Bonsai group.Peter brought this nice Cotoneaster for some advice about carving on the trunk, which I think I helped with.

It was the section that rises from the centre to the top that was the problem,too flat!
I think I managed to make it look a whole lot better than it was.

It still needs to be refined but is well on the way now.

By the time some of the branches are wired and brought down into place this will be a very good tree.

Next was this Juniper triple trunk which Ken M brought for a clip out.

Starting to look like a bush again after a good growing season, nice to see something enjoyed our Summer
I use this word very loosely

It still needs a little wire near the top left hand side, but is looking better.

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Quiet week.

After last weekend I have had a very quiet week, I must have been tired,it's my age you know.But I am feeling better now and taking pics again.

My Larch after a few frosty nights is showing signs of winter.
I will soon be able to start wiring and shaping again.

Also my Hawthorns have felt the cold as they to are turning.

But this one is confused, it is still pushing out new buds.
Is winter coming or not?

Friday, 12 October 2012


I just captured this over my pond in the garden.

Well not really, I thought it was a nice photo and would share it with you.

Monday, 8 October 2012

Natter Night 8th Oct.

I have had another Bonsai day, my fourth in a row. It started this afternoon with a Larch that Simon Mc left with me a while back. I was going to wait until the needles dropped but decided to do it today.

This is it this afternoon before I started,brilliant sunshine for a change.

Amazing what you can do with a bit of wire.
Then tonight Tony W arrived with a variegated Cotoneaster he had wired ready for tweaking.

Just a small tree about Shohin size.

In spring we will pot this tree into a training pot then clip and grow for the next year or so.
Lastly tonight I took this photo of my Literati Juniper in the dark without a flash to capture the shadow on the fence behind it.
I will try anything once.
Well that's all for now, thanks for looking in!