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Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Last post.

Last post, newest tree of 2014.
A gift from Santa.
This Chinese Juniper is the most recent addition to my collection.
It is Chuhin size and Japanese origin.

My very best wishes to everyone for the new year.
Good Bonsaiing in 2015.

Monday, 29 December 2014

Natter night 29th Dec 2014.

Well here it is the last Natter night of 2014 and it was a quiet night with only three visitors, but still enjoyable all the same.

Tommy G brought back the Spruce he started last week, this time he had managed to put some wire on to it.
The tree as it arrived last Monday.

After clipping.

Tonight after tweaking.

Starting to look more like a tree.

Tommy also brought this Privet, to get some advice about which branches to remove.

So after a discussion we did just that, a long way to go with this one but not a bad start on it's long journey.

I also managed to wire a little more of my Hemlock
Also a long way to go.

Wishing all my visitors a very happy new year and all the best for 2015.

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Monday, 22 December 2014

Natter night 22nd Dec 2014.

Being the last natter night before Christmas I thought it would be very quiet, but how wrong can you be. There was ten visitors turned up, I think they must like the coffee or they are just as obsessed with Bonsai as I am.

Andy P arrived with his very own Christmas tree. Which will probably end up as a Bonsai when it grows in a few years time.

Earlier in the evening as there were no trees to work on, I gave Boxie the task of wiring this Hemlock.

Much better than just drinking coffee. Thanks Mike.

Then Tommy G arrived with this Spruce tree and got started cleaning out dead and unwanted foliage.

Then Dave R and myself had a go and clipped even more off.
It is already starting to look more like a tree than a bush.
We have set Tommy the job of getting it wired ready for next week to be styled.

Thank you for visiting my blog.

Sunday, 21 December 2014

My Dawn Redwood.

My Dawn Redwood in Summer.

Hurry back the warmer weather.

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Christmas card.

For everyone who did not get a hard copy Christmas card from me and the wife here is your's.


Willowbog novice workshop Dec 2014.

Today's novice workshop was a busy and successful one which all the student's seemed to enjoy very much.

The display tree, a large Chinese Elm.

With a Common Juniper for company.

The students gather.

Peter even arranged for SANTA to attend. Even though he does not normally wear a flat cap.

Peter starts as always doing a talk about each students main tree.

New boy Gary seems to be thinking " Whats he doing to my tree ".

More trees to be worked on.

This Larch turned out quite good.

Another Larch made into a windswept style.

A type of Hinoki Cypress was also started on it's way.

A small Pine.

Yet another small Pine.

David working hard on another Pine.

As was Antony.

Scott meanwhile was removing old leaves and weeds from some of the sales trees.

Another Pine .

Finally a Hawthorn.

A good day, enjoyed by all attending.

Friday, 19 December 2014

Thursday, 18 December 2014


I have said it before and will probably say it again, take photos of your trees, so you can look back and see how much they change.

My Hawthorn group, taken about one year ago.

This photo taken a couple of days ago shows much more ramification and improvement.
Keep taking those photos.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

My trees in Winter.

A short slideshow of my trees in Winter.
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My trees in Winter.

Hope everyone enjoys it.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Natter night 15th Dec 2014.

We had another good night with plenty of tea, coffee and also some work done on Boxie's Larch that was started last week.

This tree was left to grow wild for a year and is now ready for styling.

Mike got started on the wiring, which I also helped with,just to make sure we got it finished.

Then Dave R got to work on the styling.

It was decided last week to Jin the lower right branch, which as you can see has been done.
Overall a nice image has emerged.

I also did some work on this Chinese Juniper, by cleaning the rough bark and Shari it shows off the live veins better.

I had to include this photo of Simon R actually making the coffee's, for a change.
Love the hat by the way Simon.

Another practical night's work, and also some laugh's along the way.

One more in the collection.

Here is another pot I have acquired for my collection.

It is from Korea and was very well priced.

Monday once more.

It's here again, Monday morning, and it seems to come round quicker every week, or am I just getting old? Don't answer that last one.

Having been a very busy week I thought I had better get the studio ready for Natter night.

This is the aftermath of last weeks get together.

Water bottles filled ready.

Dustbin emptied and ready for more cutting's.

Clean again, but for how long?

Kettle filled for all those cups of coffee that will be consumed tonight.

Bring it on, I am ready.

Saturday, 13 December 2014


This has been the worst week yet of bad winter weather, with hail, rain,sleet, snow and a lot of wind, but my trees are snug and doing well in the greenhouse.

I like to keep my trees in here just so I can control the amount of water they get.

They still get very cold but I do not worry too much about that as a bit of frost does them no harm.

A few Shohin trees.

Two more Shohin.

Not the best way to display trees but they do not mind being grouped together for winter, as long as they get plenty of light.