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Thursday, 31 July 2014

New Juniper.{ Better photo }

Here are some better photos of my New Juniper, now that I have had time to take them.

Keep the rough bark or remove?  This is always a tough decision to make. 
The lighter is for size comparison.

The Nebari is also quite good for a Juniper.

A closer look at the bark.

I think I will live with it for a while, then decide.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Natter night 28th July 2014.

One of those nights again, you know one of them good ones, they just come along every week now.
Good company and a tree or two to work with.

First off tonight was this Juniper Ridgida, which Sue brought along to get some advice and tweaking done.

She had already started to wire the tree but it still needed a lot more.

That's the trouble with small trees, putting wire on is quite tricky, so you have to be careful and not break branches or trap the needles with the wire.

Sue checking the wiring about half way through.

Quite an improvement for a first styling, not the best photo but it gives you an idea.

Earlier this week I was given this pair of secateurs and was wondering if anyone out there can tell me the approximate year they were made. 

As you can see they were made by Wilkinson Sword, quite heavy but very sharp.

They will probably be very useful when doing Bonsai.

Thanks for looking in to my blog once more.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Latest addition.

Here is a couple of photos of the latest addition to my collection of Bonsai.

A very nice Chinese Juniper.

Beside my Dawn Redwood

Thursday, 24 July 2014

My biggest dislike in Bonsai.

The job I dislike the most in Bonsai is taking wire off the trees, I love applying it because you can see a difference after finishing, but removing I hate.

Windswept Larch a couple of months ago.

Today, before removing wire.

Today, after removing wire, as you can see the branches have not moved very far.

Yew before removing wire.

Yew, after removing wire, again not much has moved.

My tall Larch , after a good clip out looks much more refined now.

A False Cypress, just after a restyle a couple of months ago.

This is how it looks today, it just shows how much growth you can get in a short time.

Oh well back to removing that darned wire again.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Pot collection.

My collection of pots seems to be expanding again, so much so I have had to put up more shelves in the studio to accommodate them.

Mame and Accent pots.

Shohin and Chuhin pots.

Also some larger pots.

I keep thinking I must stop buying new pots, but who can resist a nice one?

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Natter night 21st July 2014.

A nice relaxing night working on teas in the sunshine.

The remnants of tonight's get together, so you see I did not spell it wrong, I really did mean teas not trees.

I thought I would just post a couple of up to date photos of my trees as no trees were brought to work on tonight.

Procumbens Juniper.

Hemlock, which has been totally dewired now.

Squamata Juniper and Acer Palmatum.

It really was a nice evening to just sit about talking with good company.

Sunday, 20 July 2014


After a nearly a week away from home it is nice to be back among the trees and boy is there some work to be done.

Most of the trees  are growing fast at the moment and putting on plenty new foliage, which means a lot of clipping to do.

Starting with this Cotoneaster.

After a clip it looks much tidier .

My Chinese Junipers are also doing well, it must be the warm humid weather.

Coming along nicely, as are the weeds.

It is nice to have a break away, but also nice to be back among the trees.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Day 3.

Yet another great day in the sunshine here in Scarborough on the east coast.

I bet these two are cooler than us.

Great colours.

The race for life along the sea front.

When the sun goes down.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Love is .

Love is a ninety mile round trip to find one of these.

Day 2.

This photo taken at 7-15 this morning.outside the Leeway.

Another sunny day.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014


No, I am not giving much Leeway, that is where we are staying for a few days in Scarborough.

After staying here last year we would not stay in any other hotel in Scarborough.

Had to include at least one photo of the castle.

Maybe more before the week is out.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Natter night 14th July 2014.

Yet another Monday night comes and goes all too fast, must be because I enjoy myself so much.

Ken M brought his Cork bark Chinese Elm to get some work done on the apex, which was looking a bit lopsided. So after a bit of wiring and moving of a couple of small branches we managed to make it look a lot better than it was.

We also added two or three guy wires to other branches and gave it a little clip out.

Ken was quite pleased with the end result.

Tommy G also looked quite pleased with what I had done to his Juniper this week.

All in all a successful night.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Tommy's Procumbens. Progression.

I decided not to wait until Monday night to remove the hanging branch , but did it this morning, and I think it was the right thing to do.

Still a way to go but the tree can now rest for a while before any more work is done.

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Busy day.

Yet another busy day for me, I have just created two more trees by air layering.

This one a Pyracantha from a tree growing in my garden, if this takes alright I can see more coming off next year.

The second one an Acer Palmatum, I have had good results in the past from these.

Yesterday I was given an old frame off a canvas wardrobe, just look what I created with it.
A new pot rack for my larger pots.

Friday, 11 July 2014

Tommy's Procumbens update.

A quick update on Tommy's Procumbens Juniper.

I have been doing a little more work on this tree this morning and even though it is looking a lot better I am not too sure about the bottom right hand branch.

What does everyone else think ?

With the branch .

Or without the branch.

I honestly think without but I will wait and see what Tommy thinks on Monday night.

To go or not to go that is the question?