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Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Dare we hope.

After the last few weeks of cold wind and rain, dare we hope for some better weather and sunshine. Well this morning is more like it, for a while anyway, cool but sunny and the wind has died a lot.I had to give the trees some of it and have put most of them back outside on the benches.
We can only hope that this is finally the start of summer.

Monday, 29 April 2013

Natter night 29th April.

It started off very quiet tonight , only Tony W and Mike R at first, then Ken M turned up with two small Rhodies and an Azalea he got from a local garden center.He wanted them planted into Bonsai pots, so I got started.
The first one before and after.
Number two.
It was going into this pot but the pot was cracked to much so it ended up in another one.
Number three, the Azalea.
This one took a little more work as it was going between two rocks already fixed into the pot.
So after removing as much root as I dare, it finally went in.
As there was still a lot of root I had to cover the back edge with some mesh to hold the compost in place.
With a couple of guy wires added two branches were pulled down , just to start them off in the right position.
The three trees together, not bad at  ten pounds for three.
Not sure what Ken is thinking, but I usually wait until he smiles before clicking the camera.
Quite a good nights work, I am already looking forward to next Monday.

Hawthorn forest update.

I have just been giving my Hawthorn forest a bit of a much needed tidy up
Front view.
Left side.
Back view.
Right side.
This group, like all the rest of my trees, is very slow this year, but hopefully they will start to speed up if the weather warms up.

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Summer, Bah humbug.!

The weather is really starting to heat up, don't you think. I took this photo about 10 30 this morning, not bad for this time of year, but this is in the greenhouse.
No wonder the trees are not growing very fast.
My Kiyohime maple, although not doing bad it is usually further on than this.
A Japanese Larch, coming but slowly.As you can see they are back in the shelter of the greenhouse, mainly to give some protaction from the cold wind which just seems to go on and on.
Hurry up summer !!!!!

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Wildlife at Ronin.

Today I managed to snap a couple of Redpoles on my feeders, it's always nice to see the birds in the garden.

Lazy Blackbird.

My regular Blackbirds are getting very lazy as this photo shows.
Last year they built beside some pots , this year all they are doing is lining the pot.
 I only hope they do better this year and manage to raise thier young.

Monday, 22 April 2013

Natter night 22nd April.

A fairly quiet night after last week anyhow with only five visitors and no trees to work on, so I repotted this Hemlock that was styled last year. I thought it was about time, as the pot it was in was to big, but had done it's thing as the tree is growing strong.
This is how it was while I was trying the new pot for size.
Looks much more in keeping with the size of the tree.
I then decided to give this Cotoneaster a bit of a clip to get rid of some thick branches.
Now I have removed some of the thickest branches I can work on some refinment of the new growth
One of my accents starting to run amock.
 A quiet but satisfying night all the same.

A little late.

I just found another photo from the regular monthly workshop that I had not posted so here it is.

It is a Corkbark Elm group belonging to Kieth from the north east.If you look close you can make out Peter  giving his advice to Kieth on how to improve this nice forest.

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Warm welcome.or lockout?

Yesterday on arrival at Willowbog for the monthly workshop I recieved the usual warm welcome from Peter as this photo shows.
The gate well and truely locked.
But he must have been watching though.
He did come and let me in, his main excercise of the day, just as well as we had a very busy day in front of us.
I must admit I was a little bit early.

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Today's workshop at Willowbog.

The workshop today was very busy with ten students attending, most of which were regulars.I will start with the Tokanoma display.
A very nice Scotch Elm, looking it's best just out in leaf.
The first tree I was tasked with was this nice Ceder belonging to Tony S from Hartlepool, as Tony has trouble with his hands, putting wire on is a problem for him so I did it for him.
After some guy wires were added and some clipping it looked much better.
As terry was not there today Peter and I were grateful that Len turned up to help.
A lot of discussion and a bit of repotting.
There was also time for some to enjoy the nice rolls and tea.
Not many photos but as I said it was a very busy day.

Friday, 19 April 2013

Multi trunk to twin trunk.

This is Tony W's Cotoneaster as it is now.
And as it was last year.
 No longer a multi trunk

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Believe it or not !!

I know it is hard to believe at the moment the way the weather has been lately, but spring is actually here.I have just been in the garden looking at the trees and they are really pushing out into leaf.
My Hawthorn known locally as the Rhino, showing quite green.
On close inspection it is going to be covered with flower's again this year.
My Kiyohimi maple continuing to grow quite strong.
My Dawn Redwood's buds swelling quite fast, another couple of weeks decent weather should see it in full leaf.
The Larch are also moving fast now.
I was going to say, with a bit of luck and a fair wind, but after the last few days we have had enough wind for now.

Monday, 15 April 2013

Natter night 15th April 2013.

A hectic night for me tonight, as I said in my last post, I would do a basic styling on a Hemlock and post some photos on tonight's post. Well I made it, just, so here goes.
This is the tree as it was this afternoon.
First branch taking shape.
To prove it was me that did the styling I got Mike R to take a couple of snaps.
Still a long way to go.
The final image, I hope Jeff likes it.
Only a basic image but not a bad start, now all it needs is to grow well and create some ramification and a different pot, but the pot will have to wait until the tree has recovered from all this work so probably next spring.
As I said a hectic night, I had only just started on the Hemlock when Tony W arrived and I showed him his multi trunk Cotoneaster which I repotted this afternoon.
 It looks a  whole lot better than it did in a wooden box. I wish I had taken a photo of the look on his face as it showed how much he liked it.
Now the weather has warmed up a lot Ken M brought his Yew to be potted into a new pot, this was another task but one well worth doing, as these next two pics show.
The old pot, a large round Mica.
Now in it's new pot it looks much more balenced.
A very hectic night, but very enjoyable.