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Monday, 31 August 2015

Natter night 31st August 2015.

That is another Month gone by, only four more left this year, where do they go ? why so fast ?

Even though it is a bank holiday there was still a good turn out tonight.
There were two trees to work on so I was kept quite busy.
First one was this nursery stock Pyracantha which Andy brought.

This is before any work.

After a little wiring and a clip it is starting to shape up.

Next to be worked on was Ken's Yew, back for it's yearly clip out.

This tree has been on my blog quite a few times now and just keeps on getting better as time goes by.

It still needs a little fine wiring but it is growing strongly at the moment.

I hope every one enjoyed the night as much as I did.

Monday, 24 August 2015

Natter night 24th August 2015.

Another night with no trees to work on, but still a good night of close friends getting together.

As I had worked on these two Junipers since last Monday, I decided to make up a display in the studio to let my visitors see how they turned out.

Because no trees were brought along tonight I thought I would take the time to work on another of my Junipers.

The tree before any work.

The tree after about one hours work. Starting to look a bit more refined.

I really must work on my own trees more often.

Saturday, 22 August 2015

A change on the benches.

I have been having a change round on my display benches and placed all my Chinese Junipers in the same area.

Chinese Juniper No 2.

I have done some basic styling on this second Chinese Juniper.

I have only wired and placed the main branches.
I think this will be the front.

Even from this side it looks quite good.

Much more compact than it was.

Friday, 21 August 2015

Chinese Juniper.

First styling on an Itoigawa Juniper.

I have not done too much wiring, just used tourniquets to pull the main branches into place. 

I am very pleased with the image so far.
Still not sure of the planting angle.
What does anyone else think ? This angle.

Or a slight lean to the right.

This tree is in need of a repot which will be done in Spring time, so I will decide then.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

More pots.

Playing around with my new stand and pots today.

Shohin and Mame pots.

I think they should make a section at shows for displaying pots, just for people like me who are potty about pots.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Shohin stand update.

I have managed to get some more work done on my Shohin stand today, sanded and first coat of wax on.

Adorned with some of my Japanese pots.

A close up of the accent I used last night.

Shohin stand.

I have started working on a new stand to display my Shohin trees.

The basic structure together.

With some trees on.

After staining and more trees.

It is not the quality of some stands you can buy, but it gives a nice effect.
I have a lot more sanding to do then a few coats of wax.

Natter night 17th August 2015.

A good night with plenty of visitors and plenty trees to be worked on.

Ken brought this very nice Cork bark Chinese Elm to be trimmed a little.

A couple of branches in the apex were also brought down as well.

This nice Scots Pine  was brought by John G to be repotted into a new cascade pot.

After in the new pot, looking very good.

Ken with his second tree, a flowering Cherry.

Just a little trim.

David C brought this Acer Gricium ( not sure of the spelling ) for some advice about cutting back and shaping by pruning.

Andy P had these Larch  trees to work on.

They were done and wrapped up ready for home before I could get a good photo.

Last week a small Azalea was removed from this pot, so I filled it with some small Cotoneaster that I had lying around.

A great night with Just as great company.

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Day trip.

We have just returned from a day trip to Bonnie Scotland, where we went to see Robert Porch and then on to see Dougie at Wattston Bonsai.
Robert asked me to pass these two Japanese pots on to Sue S here in Carlisle. He has made a very good job of repairing them for her.

Another two pots for my own collection were also purchased.

I also added two more Itoigawa Junipers to my benches of trees.

Mike and myself both enjoyed our day away once again.

Friday, 14 August 2015

Turn the tap off.

After a few days of nice weather it has changed yet again and is back to normal, rain, rain rain.
I think the trees are watered enough now, so turn off the tap please.

At least I will not have to water today.

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Accent plants.

I know I have called this post Accent plants, but I included this photo to show the sun is shining once more here in Cumbria.

A small Azalea, from a cutting last year.

A mini Strawberry.

Mares tail.

I cannot remember this ones name, so I call it Pom Pom grass.

Finally a Black grass.

All of them are growing very well this year.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Natter night 10th August 2015.

Although it was quite windy at least it was a dry evening and warm enough to wander and work outside.

First tree tonight is Ken's Golden Yew, which has featured on the blog a few times, was given a good clip out.

After a discussion about which branches should be removed and what the planting angle should be. It was decided this was the best angle to be.

The white chalk line on the pot shows the way it will be repotted in spring.

John G brought this Larch for some advice and branch selection.

After removing unwanted growth, John will now wire the tree and bring it back next week to be styled.

This small Azalea which is another of Ken's,is suffering quite badly at the moment. So it was discussed and decided the pot it was in was too shallow and the compost was far too wet.
It was replanted into this much deeper pot in Kanuma compost to try to revive it.

Ken also brought this common Ash tree, but there was not enough time to do anything other than clip it a little.

The odd couple enjoying the fine weather.

Yet another successful night enjoyed by all.