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Thursday, 29 October 2015

My Sensei's Larch part 2.

To get to work on one of my Sensei's trees is quite an honor for me, so I started this morning to do a bit of tidying up on this Larch.

I started by removing the wire that had been on for a while, this also had the effect of making the foliage drop off,which was getting ready to drop anyhow.

My next task was to remove the old moss from the surface of the compost and replace with a fresh layer of good compost.

My third task was to clean up the deadwood and apply Line Sulpher to give protection over Winter.

The tree will be left for a while then will get a total rewire and styling.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

A visit from my Sensei.

This morning I had a visit from my Sensei from my early days in Bonsai. Dave Rowles who taught me a lot about the art and enjoyment of working with small trees.

The master and pupil together again.

Dave brought this nice Larch to show me the Autumn colour and to do some tidying up work.

That will be another post to look forward to.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Natter night 26th October 2015.

Only one tree again tonight, which was brought by John G, it was this Cryptomera which was clipped last week and taken away to be wired.

It was tweaked and clipped a little more.

As there were no more trees to be worked on I gave Ken the task of wiring this Hemlock of mine.
Which has been left to grow and regain its vigor over the Summer.

The main branches having been wired and placed, it still needs fine wiring done.

I had a bit of fun today putting these two Kusamono into some Esther Griffiths pots.

They look better in decent pots.

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Autumn colours, 48 Hours on.

It is hard to believe how 48 hours can make such a difference to trees.

My Dawn Redwood after a night of windy weather, left almost bare now.

My Acer Palmatum is well on the way to it's winter image.

I suppose it is the natural cycle of trees but I still hate the winter.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

More Autumn colours.

After a few cold nights my trees are really looking Autumnal at the moment.

My Dawn Redwood looking a splendid  colour, it is starting to drop it's foliage as you can see on the bench.

My Hawthorn forest is almost bare.

Beautiful colour on my Acer Palmatum.

The good thing about Autumn is the colour, the bad thing is Winter is not far away.

Monday, 19 October 2015

Natter night 19th October 2015.

It was one of the nights that no one brought any trees to work on, so we decided to do some of mine.

I thought as this Larch had dropped most of it's foliage that I would remove the rest and then add some wire and do a restyle.

Worked out quite good.

Next was this Pyracantha, which is an air layer from last year.
We were amazed how much root it had grown since being severed from the main tree. 

Now potted up. Potential as a Shohin in a couple of years.

This Maple, also an air layer and severed at the same time.

This also had loads of roots.

Also Shohin material.

Just for fun we decided to heavy wire this Larch and do some serious bending, just as an experiment.

The result, a very small tree with loads of movement.

We really enjoyed the night of trying some thing new.

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Chinese pot.

I have been lucky to find this Chinese pot and think it is quite old, but as there are no marks on it I cannot be sure.

Once again does anyone have any ideas who the potter could be?

I really like the feel of this pot.


Last weekend at Bury I came across this Netski and fell in love with it.

I had a closer look this morning and noticed this signature, does anyone know who it belongs to ?

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Bigei pots.

Here are some better photos of my new Bigei pots.

Monday, 12 October 2015

Natter night 12th October 2015.

Following a very good weekend at Bonsai Europa it was back to earth in my humble studio.

I did have to spend a bit of time rearranging my pots to make room for the new ones.

They are filling up to fast.

Ken M brought this Fir back to have the wire removed and a little prune.

After pruning it looks better but will need to be fine wired in spring.

John G brought this Cryptomera, which he bought at a garden center.

Mike R took him through the process of branch selection.

The tree can now be wired, which John will do ready for next Monday.

It was nice to meet some of my blog followers at the show and I would like to say thank you for the nice comments about it.


A lot of people know I cannot go to shows without buying some new pots, so at the Bonsai Europa show it was just my normal format, I bought some more.

Pots from Japan, China,Stone Monkey, Tony Remington, Ian Baillie And Walsal Studio Ceramics.



I even got a new guard dog.