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Monday, 11 December 2017

Natter night 11th December 2017.

Due to the cold weather we could not do any work on the trees tonight, -4at eight o'clock, due to get colder through the night.
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The only work done was drinking coffee.


It will warm up one day.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Is Bonsai quick ?

No.
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I was given this Squamata juniper about five years ago and did not know what to do with it.


This is the same tree, photo taken earlier this year, shows a much improved image.


It will soon be ready to go into a show, maybe two years time.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Bonsai Thursday.

Wet and windy with a threat of snow to come, so what can you do ?
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Dave and I discussed future work to be done in Spring on this Squamata juniper.


We also talked about a pot for this Cotoneaster.



Monday, 4 December 2017

Natter night 4th December 2017.

A little low on visitors tonight and only Boxie brought a tree to do some work on.
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This Japanese Black Pine which he managed to remove all the wire from.


Having nothing else to do I brought this Juniper in to have a look at.



After a discussion I added some wire and gave it a basic styling.


A long way to go, but Bonsai has to start somewhere.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Pot cleaning.

The television was a load of rubbish tonight, so I have just cleaned all of my pots in the cabinet.
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Even though they are behind glass doors they still get dull, so I coat them with Camellia oil, to make them shine again.


I really must be potty.

Kokonoe White Pine.

My Kokonoe white pine is doing well at the moment coping with the cold weather we are having.
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The tree when I first purchased it.


First styling.


First Bonsai pot by Bigei.


Thie morning in the shade house.



Thursday, 30 November 2017

Bonsai Thursday.

A follow up of my post from yesterday.
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When Dave arrived I was already putting wire on this Boulevard Cypress that I started last night.
This is the tree now after a restyle and the lime sulpher has dried.


This is before I did any work yesterday.


It is much more open now and should grow well next season.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Clean up.

I noticed today that this Boulevard Cypress was still covered in moss and there was a lot of algae on the trunk, Shari and Jin, so this evening I decided to make the most of being retired now and cleaned it up.

I started by giving the trunk a wash down with a little soapy water, then a spray with clean water,after covering the compost to stop it getting any more water into the pot.


The next job was to dewire and clip out any unwanted foliage.


Then nearly all the moss was removed and some new compost added to the top.


I left a little moss and some lichen that has grown naturally.


I then coated the Shari and Jin with lime sulpher.


I will leave the tree in the studio until tomorrow morning when Dave comes and maybe then do a rewire and restyle.

Still wet.

My trees have been under cover in the green house for ten days now and the compost is still wet. It just goes to show how wet they would have been if I had left them outside to fend for themselves.
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As it is they all seem to be doing well at the moment.

Monday, 27 November 2017

Natter night 27th November 2017.

A cold night which was made warmer with an unexpected visit from Robert Porch and Mick G from the Scottish land.
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Robert brought this Dragon Cascade pot for Boxie, jealous, you bet I was.


Andy P brought this Pine to be dewired.


Boxie was right in there helping once more.


Then Ken M arrived with this Juniper group.


Which he started to trim a little, watched closely by Mike, Mick and Mike, I know it gets confusing at times.


Then Robert got stuck into Ken's tree and clipped some more.


It now looks much more open, but still needs to be wired and shaped a bit.


Despite the cold outside we had a really good night with plenty information coming from Robert.
We also had a good laugh.

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Checking the trees.

It was another very frosty morning today, so I have been out to check my trees in the greenhouse, just to see they are ok.
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My trees have been inside for almost a week now, to prevent any more rain soaking them,I like to control the amount of water they get in winter.


You can see in the photos that they are still wet and they have not been watered since putting them inside last Monday. 


Still looking good.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Bonsai Thursday.

Another wet morning so not a lot we could do, but Boxie did a bit more work on his Spruce.
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We just drank coffee and enjoyed ourselves.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Rain,Rain, Rain.

It looks like the forcasters were right about the weather we were due to have as it has been pouring down all morning.
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This is not the best photo but it does show a big puddle in the garden.
I think I was right to put all my trees under cover to prevent them getting waterlogged.


One of my Larch with the deadwood cleaned and coated with lime sulpher.



Monday, 20 November 2017

Natter night 20th November 2017.

Another night with no trees to be worked on, so I took advantage of this and dewired two of my trees.
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Both trees are Larch.


This one needs to have the Jin and Shari cleaned and coated with Lime Sulpher, which may well be done tomorrow.




All gone.

What and where to, you may ask?
My trees of course.


Most of them into this green house.


Looks quite full from outside.


I could squeeze one or two more in.



The overflow has gone into one of the other green houses.


After the rain we had last night and most of today, I have finished moving them, and boy were they heavy with water. It will probably take a week to dry, before they need any more.

A good job done.

The time has come.

After seeing the weather forcast for the next few days I think the time has come for my trees to go into the green houses for winter.Not because of the cold, but they are forcasting a lot of rain and wind and I do not like to have my trees standing in water for a long time.
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I like to control how much water the trees get at this time of year.



Sunday, 19 November 2017

Best of both.

Sunday morning and what a beautiful one it is, with an early morning frost, then the sun started to shine.


I think the trees really love this kind of weather as it is more natural for them. Even if the compost freezes it will not do any harm as long as it thaws out during the day. 
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A Shohin Hinoki standing on the frosty bench.


Shohin Chinese Juniper, in the shaddow of a Squamata Juniper.


Yet another day off to enjoy my Bonsai.