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Friday, 30 May 2014

Under attack.

About a month or so ago this Acer Palmatum was under attack from Black fly and not doing well, but after a couple of doses of Pravado bug spray it is now growing really well. Well enough for a clip back.



The tree is looking much healthier than it was.

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Clip. Clip.

This Needle Juniper was looking a bit untidy, so here I go with a pair of shears.

With a snip or three I have removed some of the unwanted foliage.

I am still unsure about the bottom left branch, do I leave it on or go for a full Litterati.
Comments please !

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

A little carving.

As this title suggests it was a very little carving job I tackled today.

A small Cotoneaster with an ugly scar where it had been chopped.

This is before work and before my eyes went crossed.

After working, I think it looks much better.

The lighter shows just how small this tree is.

Not a lot of work, but hard to do on such a small tree.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Taking over.

600th Post.
I was told by Mike R that I am turning into a Shohin man,as I now have more Shohin and Chuhin sized trees than larger ones.

He could be right as I have had to add another shelf for them to be displayed on.

This was the original display.

The new shelf already full.

The overall view.

At least if I do reduce the size of trees  I have, I will have room for a lot more.

Yew update.

A little more tweaking on my Yew.

After doing a little more on the tree it is more compact.

Monday, 26 May 2014

Natter night 26th May 2014.

Being yet another bank holiday it was a very quiet night as regards visitors with only two turning up. So I thought I would start to wire and style a Yew that is growing really well at the moment

This is before I started work and as there is a lot of new growth I have only wired some of the main branches and placed them in a better position.

I will let the new growth harden off before further wiring is done.

But as you can see it is looking a better shape.


A few more accents just created.

All done using mosses.

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Hemlock responds.

The Hemlock that I styled just three weeks ago has responded very well to the work done.

This was before styling.

This is after styling.

This is three weeks after styling.

See how well it has responded to the clipping, with all the new growth it has put on.

If it keeps growing like this it should make a very nice tree in a few years.

Saturday, 24 May 2014

May novice workshop at Willowbog.

Yet another successful day at Willowbog's monthly novice workshop with seven students taking part.

I had to stop on the way up today to take a snap of this Hawthorn in flower.

The trees in today's Tokenoma.
A very nice Red Pine.

A Hawthorn from the Willowbog collection.

Just coming into flower.

The start of the workshop.

Peter doing his usual talk about the students trees.This Zelkova belonging to David was the first to be talked about.

During refinement pruning.

Sam's Azalea before working.

After a good clip out and some of the compost removed.

Repotted into a training pot.

Kathrine working on a garden center Maple.

Angela surrounded by her trees.

John also busy.

Sam in deep concentration.

As was Anthony.

Another one of Sam's Rhodies

I also got a photo of Brian's best side.

Only joking Brian.

Again another great educational day, which everyone enjoyed.

Friday, 23 May 2014

Welcome home.

We have just returned home from a couple of day's away in Leeds and at least someone was pleased to see us.

What did you bring back for me.

Monday, 19 May 2014

Natter night 19th May 2014.

A reasonably quiet night but such a lovely evening not to be wasted, so I decided to do a little styling on my new Hinoki Cypress.

I think this will be the front view, this is before any work.

After working it is much thinner.

The other side before work.

After working, this could also make a front .

Ken M was a bit fast for me tonight as I did not get a before photo of this small Maple before he clipped it back to promote some back buds.

Tommy G brought this Azalea to show us how it has bloomed.

Beautiful flowers.

As we could work outside in the garden on such a good night the time just seemed to fly by and all to soon it was getting dark.
Time fly's when your enjoying yourself.

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Yew update.

This Yew I have had for some years now is responding well at the moment, with lots of new foliage.

Later on this year I will be giving it a restyle, but for now I will just let it grow and feed it well.

The carving I did is now weathering nicely and looking very mature.

New pot/ new tree.

I have just got myself another Japanese pot for my collection.

 I liked this one for the colour as you do not see many black pots.

I also purchased this nice little Hinoki Cypress.

Who knows they may come together one day.