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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Natter night 30th March 2015

Unlucky for some, 13,as it turned out last night's gathering was only marred by the weather which was wild and very wet, but this did not deter the thirteen people who braved it to come.

Once again the main topic was repotting.

This Shohin White Pine which belongs to Margery was the first one to be done.

Andy P brought another large Juniper to be given it's first step to becoming a Bonsai.

It had the roots pruned and was then placed into a Mica training pot.

A bit of styling was done on this Hawthorn.

Not the easiest trees to wire, because of the thorns.

Now on it's journey to becoming a tree.

Another of Andy's trees, a Zelkova, grey bark elm was potted into a new pot.

This pot makes the tree look much bigger than it is.

Another Hawthorn, belonging to Ken M had lost a couple of branches over winter, so these were removed.

Hopefully this will not deter from the finished image.

A new angle on wiring.

The son of my Dawn Redwood was also given a first styling.

After, at least now it has some shape to it.

Despite the weather it was still a very enjoyable night.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Growing well.

All of my tree's are growing well at the moment and are showing good signs for the season to come.

Itoigawa Juniper.

Procumbens Juniper.

Itoigawa Juniper.

Windswept Larch.

Chinese Juniper.

Procumbens Juniper.



All we need now is some good growing weather.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Auto watering system.

It is very easy to set up an auto watering system here in the UK, as all you have to do is put your trees outside on the benches.

Especially up here in the north of England. 

Thursday, 26 March 2015

800th Post.

A short video of my Bonsai for my 800th post, I hope you enjoy it.

New pot for Squamata.

Another repot, this time a Squamata Juniper I have had for years.

Time for a new look.

Turned round in it's new pot, from Walsal studio ceramics.

I am pleased with the outcome.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Strawberry accent.

My Strawberry accent is coming back strongly this year, here's hoping for a good crop.

This mini fern is also coming along nicely.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Hawthorn update.

My Hawthorn is coming along quite good and looks like it will be producing a lot of flowers again this year.

It is not easy to tell if the buds are flowers or not at this stage, but I am confident that there are a lot that will be.

Here's hoping for a good display once again.

New /old pot.

I have just added another pot to my collection,new to me but an old pot from Japan.

Really nice quality.

Monday, 23 March 2015

Natter night 23rd March 2015.

The night was taken up with mostly repotting again, with the exception of Ken M who spent the night removing wire from his Black Pine.

Ken takes his dewiring very serious. He has been told not to use such fine wire!!

This Shohin Spruce, belonging to Sue S, was repotted into the round pot on the left.

This Maple was root pruned and replaced into the same pot.

This Japanese Quince was brought just to show off the flower's.

A new pot for this Potentilla.

Also a new pot for this Palmatum.

At least this week they were all small trees and did not take up a lot of room in the studio.
Just as well with eight people attending.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Time, where does it go.

I have finally had a little time for myself today, so I have been doing a bit of maintenance on my benches. the rest of the coating will have to wait until I get some more time.

Of course I will also need another good day of sunshine. 

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Best day.

Today seems to be the best day of the year, so far as weather goes, a beautiful spring morning.

The trees are loving it.

I hope it last's.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Nice to see.

Yesterday I also put most of my trees back out on the benches.

.Spring is a great time of year.

Natter night 16th March 2015.

Sorry for the delayed post, but better late than never.

After having to cancel last week because of a family crisis, we were back up and running last night.
I think every one of my ten visitors missed their fix last week.
The main thing on the agenda was of course potting.

First off this Common Juniper was removed from a quite large Mica pot, which it had been in for about two years.

It was then placed into its first Bonsai pot.

This second Common Juniper was also repotted into a Bonsai pot.

The tree should be planted further to the right of the pot, but the large roots prevented this, at the moment. Mike R then tweaked it a little, nice job Mike.

Next up was this rather big Ceder belonging to Andy P, which he bought from a local garden center.

How many bald heads does it take to repot a tree ?

This tree will be styled when it recovers from the stress and shows good signs of growth.

A Shohin sized Potentilla, coming along nicely.

This Sulpher Spray Cypress was also repotted.

I still have dirt under my fingernails, but can you expect anything else at this time of year.