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Saturday, 28 February 2015

Rigida update.

A quick update on my Rigida Juniper.

With the use of a couple of tourniquets I have moved some branches to improve the overall image.
It was the lower right branch that was looking out of place , to low and to big, for me anyhow, so I have reduced and lifted the foliage a little.

This tree will need a total wire in the future, but I can live with this image for now.

Any comments?

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Rigida Juniper.

With the wife busy Skyping her friend in Portugal this morning I decided to start the clean up on my new Rigida Juniper.

This is how it was when I got it.

Now in an Ian Baillie pot at a better angle.

The bark before cleaning.

The bark after three hours work.






Still a lot to do, but looking much better.


Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Spring, is it far away?

Although it is still February there are signs that spring is not too far away, some of my trees are showing swelling buds and therefore are back on the benches outside.

I will be keeping a close watch on the weather however.


Even though the sun is shining in the photo , very shortly after the rain started again.

Monday, 23 February 2015

Natter night 23rd Feb 2015.

What a foul night with rain, wind and cold which reduced the number of visitors to just six. Ken M arrived but due to a family problem he could not stay, He did however leave a Pyracantha to be repotted because of a broken pot, no pot though, so I had to find one for him.What a job as I do not have many to chose from.

The Pyracantha in it's new pot.

Ken also brought this new sign.

So I followed what it said and added some wire and gave it a little clip.

Margery brought this Hawthorn to be potted into a new pot at a new angle.

I then tweaked the branches, which were already wired.

Looks like the potting season is upon us.





Saturday, 21 February 2015

Feb Novice workshop at Willowbog.2015

The workshop today was a very busy one with nearly everyone wanting to do re pots on their trees.

This large Disectum Maple was one of the trees to be started on it's way to becoming a Bonsai.

Another Maple.

A Downey Birch.


Maple.

Pine.

Pine.

Shohin Palmatum Maple.

Peter G just finishing a Chinese Elm.

Angela washing a pot before repotting one of her Maples.

Roots cleaned ready.

Into the pot.

All the trees that were potted were then given a good watering.

A Shohin False Quince in it's new pot.

This Chinese Elm was not potted but had a little trim.

John having a break at lunch time.

The large Disectum in a new pot.

Another very busy and productive day.














Friday, 20 February 2015

A good idea.

On our recent trip to the Noelanders show we stayed in Hasselt, about ten miles from Genk, and we came across these brass discs set on the pavements.


Curiosity got the better of me and I asked the receptionist in the hotel what they were for.

Any guesses ?

Turns out they are all around the city and are used as a giude to see the city.All you have to do is follow in the direction of the arrows and you will see the whole city and end up back where you started. Also if you get lost, find one and follow it and you will eventually end up back at the hotel.

They should have them everywhere, in all cities.

Mame / Accent pots.

Here are some close up photos of the Mame / Accent pots I bought at the Noelanders show in Genk.

I love the diversity of shapes and glazes on these pots.






























I really must learn to control myself when buying pots.{ NOT }