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Thursday, 25 May 2017

Bonsai Thursday.

A really sunny and hot day so I thought I would remove all the dead flower stalks from my Hawthorn.

There were quite a lot to take off.

I also took the opportunity to clip the foliage as well.

Tokanoma display for today.

From the left, Berberis, Dawn Redwood and an Itoigawa Juniper.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

More work in the garden.

I have been doing yet more work in the garden today, you have to make the most of a nice sunny day.

My garden Tokanoma.

With somewhere to relax.

The view from the other end.

The trees in the sun.

Natter night 22nd May 2017.

It was a good night to work outside in the garden again.

I say work, but some were drinking coffee and eating ginger parkins.

Ken's Hawthorn had most work done tonight, it was pruned and wired.

We had to be careful so as not to knock off the flower's, which are the first this tree has produced..

Not the best photo but the tree is now more open  but compact.

Andy also worked on this nice Larch, sorry I did not take an after photo.

Another Hawthorn, also Ken's, just had a slight prune.

Saturday, 20 May 2017


Having dodged the rain for most of the morning I have finally finished painting the fence panels around the garden.

Why does it always rain on me ?

I am sure there is a song in there somewhere.

I have been trying to finish painting the fence panels in the garden this morning, but each time I start so does the rain.

Not far to go now, just a couple of panels left to do.

The up side of the rain is it makes the trees look nice and fresh.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Good day.

I decided today was a good day to paint the fences around the garden.

I got on quite good , but still a way to go.

I thought the back drop would be a little dark for the trees, but there was no need to worry.

They show up quite well.

Another good day tomorrow and I should get finished.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Mini Satsuki.

My Mini Satsuki Azalea  flower buds are starting to show at last.

Looks like more then last year

Bonsai Thursday.

I am beginning to think that when Dave comes on a Thursday that he is setting me a challenge, today he brought a piece of Tufa rock and a couple of small Junipers.

The rock has been lying around Dave's garden for a long time and it is weathered quite a lot.
The first job was to fix it into a tray so that it sat level.

Number one Juniper.

Number two Juniper.

The finished job with a small Cotoneaster added and gravel filling the tray.

When the tree's settle in, they will be wired and styled, but even now it looks quite good.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Potted on.

Potted on rather than a repot, this Itoigawa Juniper has been placed in a new pot by Ian Baillie pots.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Natter night 15th May 2017.

The rain abated for a while tonight allowing us to spread out into the garden.

The night started with Boxie when he brought this very nice Juniper to be photographed in it's new Stone Monkey pot.

Another of Boxie's, this time a Satsuki Azalea in full flower.

Ken brought his Yew to pass on to Susan as he thinks it will thrive better out of the strong winds that he get up at his home.

A very nice tree.

Another of Ken's, this Cascade Hawthorn.

After a little clip and even less wire it is looking a bit tidier. It is also producing flower's for the first time.

Susan brought this Common Juniper for some advice about pruning.

Finally John's Juniper which is in the process of some severe bending, it seems to be working well.

Quite a busy night with good company.

Monday rain.

It has been very dry for the last few weeks, but not this morning, we are having quite a lot of rain at the moment. At least I will not have to water the trees today and being wet the colours are really a vivid green.

Maybe not forty shades but quite a few.

New tree.

My new tree courtesy of Mr Porch, a wire sculpture.

No water, no feed, no pruning.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Pots by Ian Baillie.

While at the SBA show yesterday I was tempted again by these two pots made by Ian Baillie.

The round one is thirteen inches across and the rectangle is fourteen by ten inches.

Both pots are fantastic quality as is usual for Ian's pots.

I have in mind putting my Dawn Redwood in the rectangle, but the round one I will just look at and admire for now.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

SBA Stirling Scotland 2017.

We had a good day out in Bonnie Scotland today at the SBA show in Stirling. It was good to see old friends and make some new ones.

Some photos of the show stands.

Of course you can't have a show without traders.

Wattston Bonsai.

Rising Sun Bonsai.

Ian Bailie Pots.

Ian twisted my arm and sold me two more of his fantastic pots.