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Monday, 31 March 2014

Natter night 31st March 2014.

Maybe I should change the title today as my first visitor arrived at midday, should I call it Natter day?

The first one was John H from Northumbria. Who is becoming a regular at the novice workshops at Willowbog.

This is John with his homework for this week, which is to put into action what he learned about wiring and bring the tree to Willowbog chat day on Saturday to be tweaked into place.

John brought a few trees to get some work done on and also get some instruction on how to wire.
Above is how the tree looked when it arrived.

Another one of his trees this time a nice Ceder.

After working, the image is now of a much more mature tree.

This Hornbeam was just given a light clip to improve the image.

Looks better after the clip.

This Rhodie was potted into a plastic training pot. { Please excuse the photo, but I forgot to take a before picture }

The new planting angle makes it look better.

Two small Cottoneaster's, which were given their first styling a few months ago.

The night finished after nine, so a very long day Bonsaiing but I enjoyed every part of it.

Saturday, 29 March 2014

It's official.

As from two o'clock in the morning it will be British Summer time here in the UK, so hopefully we will be getting some good weather.
 Most of my trees are now back on the benches and seem to be growing well.

I hope the forecasters are right and that there will be no more frost.

!st jaunt away 2014.

We have been away on the first jaunt of the year to Liverpool, which we enjoy very much. Apart from shopping we also went into the World Museum to see how it has changed since our last visit.

No trees bar this one, not much foliage on it though.
Amazing what you see wandering round Liverpool.
I do not think these came from the Mersey.

Into the orient.

The detail on these items is fantastic.

There is plenty to see even for the modernist.

We had a good time over three days and also had some very good meals.
Now back home and down to some really good things.
Nice to get away but also nice to get back to my trees.

Monday, 24 March 2014

Natter night 24th March 2014.

A quiet night as regards visitors with only three turning up, but we still kept busy non the less.

I started on this Azalea before anyone else arrived, all I did was to remove the long extensions that had been left to grow for a long time. 

When Mike R arrived we had a discussion about what else to remove and proceeded to remove some more unwanted branches.  

We also decided to change the planting angle a little when the tree is repotted.
This will be the new angle.

Then Ken M arrived with yet another Pine to be repotted, this time a nice Scots Pine.

Another repot, this time a Dwarf Rose.

Looks much better in a proper pot.

I also potted this small Cotoneaster.

And this small Willow.

Another busy potting night but well worth doing.

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Sunday, 23 March 2014


Here is a better photo of my Mame Spirea that I posted the other day.

The photo shows how well it is growing.

Hawthorn, flowers or not.

How do you tell if the buds on Hawthorn are flowers or not? Well you just have to use your eyes and you can see how different they are.

The bud in the center is only leaves as you can see it is quite open.

This bud is a flower bud, the center is full and a lot harder to the touch.

Then the flower buds from the center extend with the flowers on the ends of the stalks.

I have been told that Hawthorns only flower on old wood so do not be tempted to clip to early.
I know from experience that collected Hawthorn will not flower until at least six years after collection.
 Be patient and you will be rewarded. 

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Accents and other things.

Today the sun is shining, but it is still very cold. I have been in the green house with the camera for a look to see how everything is doing.

Mini Hosta starting to show.


Black grass.

Dwarf Strawberry.


A mame Juniper.

Just for good measure a Larch cone.

I am very happy things are progressing well, despite the weather changing day by day.

Friday, 21 March 2014

Larch in Spring.


Japanese or European.

Either one or the other I love to see the new foliage at this time of year,so fresh and a beautiful colour.

Just remember to watch the forecast as new buds can be damaged by late frosts and cold winds.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

What happened ?

Ten days ago I posted about Spring has sprung, what went wrong? I spoke to soon or then again this is just British weather all over.
Where have the trees gone?
Back inside once more.

Gale force winds, heavy rain and it's a lot colder than it was just over a week ago.
A warning to all who have trees with tender young shoots, give them some protection or risk them being damaged.
Maybe one day we will be able to depend on the British weather, but I very much doubt it.

Monday, 17 March 2014

Natter night 17th March 2014.

The studio was pretty full tonight with eight visitors but we still managed to do quite a bit of repotting, Mainly on Ken's trees.
This Corkbark Elm was the first to get the treatment, roots teased out and trimmed back then the tree was turned a little when put back into the pot.
We thought this new angle made for more movement in the trunk.
Next was this Black Pine.
Ken teasing out the roots.
Back in it's pot at the new angle.
Two Hawthorns, the one on the left was repotted.
It was also given a new angle.
The other one had a few branches removed prior to being wired next week.

It seems to be one of the busiest times of the year, with repotting the order of the day.
I don't think my nails will ever be clean.

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