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Monday, 30 September 2013

Natter night 30th Sept 2013.

It was a good job I started early today as we had another visit from Robert Porch tonight and I did not get anything done as regards trees. Robert brought quite a bit of stuff with him, such as pots,tools ,trees and stands with a view to trading.

Just some of the pots.

Tools and stands.

More tools and stands.

This Juniper Robert left with me to have a play with did not go back with him, it went home with someone else.

Also this Chinese Juniper I styled a few weeks ago went away to a new home.

No trees worked on tonight, but we still had a very entertaining night and a good laugh.

Natter night seems to get better all the time.

Natter night starts early.

After a phone call from Tony W my natter night started early today as he wanted some work done on a Cotoneaster he got at Sheffield yesterday.There was a lot of dead stumps on the tree, which I set about making more natural.

Below you can see what a bit of block carving can do.

It will need a bit of refinement but looks much better than it did.

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Don Valley Sheffield. Bonsai traders association.

Today Mike R and myself traveled down to Don Valley stadium in Sheffield for the BTA show, which was the last time at this venue as the council has decided to pull the place down and build something else in place.

We were both very pleased we went as there were bargains to be had all over the place, most of the traders were offering show prices which were very good.

There was no competition display this year for single trees but there were some trees for display only, my Dawn Redwood one of them.
I was well happy with some of the comments I received about it.

Below a very nice Chinese Juniper which belongs to Peter Thorn from the Ayr group.

Even more trees from the show.

White Pine



Chinese Juniper

Some Shohin from the BSA.

A really nice Shohin Juniper belonging to John Armatidge.

Over all an excellent day out, well done to John Farrow and all his helpers for the work that they must have put in to make it so good.

Thursday, 26 September 2013

More from the garden.

Another quick update from the garden, first off my Dawn Redwood and what I do to make the foliage stop trying to grow upwards.The first photo shows before treatment.

This second photo is after about an hours treatment.

Not much difference I hear you say, but look closer and you will see the foliage is more downwards rather than sticking up.
How do I achieve this, simply by placing a cloth over it for about an hour and this has the effect you see.
The final photo was taken today and the cloth treatment was done on Monday, so as you can see lasts for a while.

Now a quick update photo of my Larch, which has just had it's third clip of the season.

It has had a very good year and grown very well.


Finally after a few cold nights my Acer Palmatum is starting to show Autumn colours.

Well that's all from my garden for now, but don't forget this coming Sunday is the last show at Don Valley Sheffield, so if you can make it there look me up for a quick natter.

Monday, 23 September 2013

Natter night 23rd Sept 2013.

Another good night, not only the weather but the company that turned up, all seven of them.I decided to do some tidying on a couple of Scots Pines belonging to Robert P and found they had a lot of wire biting into the branches, so spent a long time removing it.As a result of this I think it will be better to leave the trees to recover for a while.

These two little Pines have the potential to make nice images in the future.

Next, with the help of Tony W, I wanted to see what my Dawn Redwood would look like in the new Walsall ceramics pot I bought at Willowbog recently.

I got Tony to hold the new pot in front of the tree and took this photo .

I think it will look good in it.

We also had a new visitor tonight, Richard, who brought this Carmona for some advice.
I personally think these trees are hard to keep in our climate as replicating the conditions where they come from is quite hard to do here.

Finally this new addition for the garden, which I bought at the weekend in Cheshire.

Again another enjoyable night, over all too soon, but we have next week to look forward to.

Thanks for looking in once more.

Sunday, 22 September 2013

A trip to the Wirral.

We just got home from a trip down to the Wirral Bonsai Society show at Gordales garden center, this was our first ever visit there and was not disappointed with the quality of the trees.Here are some photos of the garden center and the trees.

There was also some very nice accent plantings as well.