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Friday, 30 November 2012

New look.

After a few days away this week I feel like a new man, { in the pink one might say }and ready for a good day of Bonsai-ing at Willowbog.

Comments on a postcard please!!!!!!!!!

Chat tomorrow at Willowbog.

Having seen Peters post on last years December chat I think I will get the snow plough ready just in case!

We will still get there one way or another.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

One for my Irish pals.

After upsetting one or two people after our recent trip to Manchester, I would like to make amends so here it is.

I thought I really must visit Anfield ,but I cheated this is a picture of a picture on a market stall.
But you get the idea!!

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Bonsai art of Japan, Episode 31.

Just received from Bjorvala Bonsai the latest video, 32nd Taikan-ten exhibition in Kyoto.

Another excellent video.

Monday, 26 November 2012

Natter night Nov 26th.

Another miserable wet night so I was surprised when Five visitors turned up, I was at the time putting wire on a Hemlock belonging to Simon M, which he left with me a while back to look after. I warned him that when I had nothing to do I would probably wire and style them, but he was pleased about it.

This was it before I started tonight, as the photo shows the tree has been wired before, but has grown a lot since then and had the wire removed a couple of months ago.

The trunk looks a little on the thin side but that could be due to the pot being to large for the tree. In a smaller  I think oval pot it will look much better.

I managed to get myself into a photo to night just to show the size of the tree.
The general thoughts to night were it looked quite good when finished.
Comments please!!!!

Sunday, 25 November 2012


All new additions to the gallery at Willowbog,a collection of wooden carvings, really detailed and a reasonable price.




If you like any of these get up to Willowbog quick, or phone and reserve, they will not last long.

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Monthly workshop Willowbog, November.

It all started with a frosty welcome, not from Peter & Jean, but from the weather.

The pond was frozen over.

Peter's transport, a sort of glazed look.
The welcome from the owner's was as warm as ever.

I am not sure which look Peter is aiming for, BUT!!
Now down to work.

The students assemble.

Then one late comer arrived with this False Cypress Boulevard,and naturally I could not resist working on it as this is one of my favourite trees.

Sam just at the start of cleaning out the die back from the inside.

In between taking photos I was removing unwanted branches and thinning out some of the foliage to allow light to reach the inside and promote some back budding.

This is after clipping and thinning, you can now see daylight through it.
As the tree was collected from a garden and put in a rather large container we also put it into this training pot and secured it in.
We did not actually do any styling but already it look's like it will become a nice tree.

Not sure what these two were doing but it shows the size of the tree.

Today's Tokanoma, yes it is my Literati Juniper,I hope Peter will look after it as I forgot to bring it home with me.I will be back there next Saturday anyway as it will be Bonsai chat day again,great two week's in a row. 

Friday, 23 November 2012

Changing guard.

They are changing guard at Willowbog palace.

He is not as mean looking as Peter!!!!

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Monthly workshop at Willowbog Bonsai.

After such a lovely day { not }the forecast for Friday & Saturday is much better, hope they are right for a change as this Saturday is monthly workshop day at Willowbog.I do not need an excuse to go there but really look forward to helping out on these workshops, as I get to work on trees, some of which I have never seen before,I like a challenge!

Some photos of previous workshops. 

There  is still room for some more student's this weekend , so phone Peter or Jean or just turn up on Saturday. You will be welcome.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Cotoneaster multi trunk update.

Tony W sent me these two photos of his multi trunk Cotoneaster yesterday, so I am sharing them with you to show the colour, which is great.

It is also filling in quite nicely.

Monday, 19 November 2012

Natter night 19th Nov

I had a busy week last week putting down boarding in the loft, to make room for more storage. I forgot to clean up the studio until this afternoon, then remembered as soon as I went in there to fill the water bottles for the tea and coffee.this is what greeted me on entering!!!

The floor covered is sawdust, offcuts ,plastic and paper.

The benches just the same.

So I had to have a good clean up before anything else.
I then thought what can I do tonight and spied this Larch belonging to Simon Mc L. Now it has dropped it's foliage it was ready for it's second styling.

This is it before I started wiring and clipping.

After clipping and a change of potting angle, it's amazing the difference it makes.

After tweaking the branches the tree is much more compact and well on it's way to becoming quite a nice image.

A close up of the crown.The stump needs to be removed in the future, to allow for a better sweep up into the top.

Next a Buxus brought by Tommy G and Sasha.

It only needed a little clip.

But ended up getting a lot more, every tree has to start somewhere !!

Just six visitors tonight but a very enjoyable night all the same!!

Saturday, 17 November 2012

1st since Monday.

I have had a busy week this week ,hence no posts, but here we go again. I have been in the garden having a look at the way the tree's are going and I am quite pleased to see them doing well.First off my False Cypress is looking nice and the moss is doing very well as these three photos show.

The base from the front, I love the nebari from this side.

The back view, it's hard to believe this moss was only added for the BTA show at Sheffield about six week's ago,it has really took hold and look's very natural.

Next my Literati Juniper has changed colour, now in it's winter plumage.
Compare these two photos.

This photo taken a couple of months ago.

This one about 1 hour ago, note the change in colour.
This is my small Juniper, it has gone a very similar colour.

My Kiyohime Maple almost bare shows it's ramification.

Well I am back into the swing again and will try to post more often. 

Monday, 12 November 2012

Natter night Nov 12th.

Plenty visitors tonight, nine in total still no trees until Ken M arrived and brought a Shohin Juniper for some work on the twisted Shari.This was not an easy task on such a small tree, no room for power tools.But what we did manage to do looked a lot better.I set Ken the task of cleaning up with some sand paper in the smaller areas, after all it is his tree.

This is how the tree was a couple of months ago and shows how narrow the Shari was.

This is after working,the large area near the base was where a branch had been removed has been refined and looks much more natural.

The overall effect is much better now.

Then I found this guy from Poland taking photos of my trees, {see Mr Snart I get visitors from a long way off too }

I am not sure what Boxie found in his coffee!!!!

Could this be a Dragon tree?

Once again a very enjoyable night,but over to soon.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Time of year.

It's that time of year again,the one where you look round the garden and think how dismal it is without foliage on the trees.

Larch trees almost bare showing we are well into Autumn, or fall, depending where you live

The trees on the benches also looking very sparse of foliage.

I think I need more evergreens in my collection to bring more colour at this time of year.

Its not all doom and gloom, this little Hawthorn is hanging on to it's leaves and is only now starting to show Autumn colour.
Also this Katsura Maple hanging on to it's now very red leaves.

The sooner spring comes the better as I would rather see the trees in full foliage,even though I can appreciate the ramification at this time.
Even though I treat my trees almost all the same, I can never understand why some drop their leaves earlier than others.They have the same compost, are on the same benches, get the same amount of water and definitely the same weather.Even trees of the same species drop at different times.Nature is a funny mistress at times!!