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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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 
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.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Bonsai Saturday.

It looks like winter has set in, looking at the trees and most of them are now bare.

Hawthorn group.

Larch, with just some foliage on the tips of the branches.

At least there is some colour on the Junipers.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Bonsai Thursday.

Another good day with Dave and Boxie, putting the world right and drinking coffee.

The sun even managed to shine after an early morning downpour.

Winter is here, my Maple is almost bare now.

The evergreens still look quite good on the benches.

Watch out for the cold winds over the next couple of days.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Natter night 13th November 2017.

It is either the time of year when nobody works on their trees or it is getting to cold to leave home as it was another quiet night as reguards trees.

With nothing else to do I removed the wire from this Berberis, which is starting to drop it's leaves and is a nice colour.

Then John G arrived with this nice Chinese juniper to get some idea's on styling.
Now all it needs is quite a lot of wire to be added and the branches put into place.

The selected front view.

The back view.

I also showed John how to clean up the bark, which he got started on.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Birthday prezzie.

A really nice prezzie from my son for my birthday yesterday.

Not only my birthday, but I also retired as well.
So a lot more time to look after my Bonsai now.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Natter night 6th November 2017.

I finally got round to trimming my Boulevard Cypress tonight as there was no trees brought to work on.

This is the back of the tree, which has been left to grow this season.

Boxie removed the wire from one of my Itoigawa junipers for me. Thanks Mike.

As the weather is getting much colder all of my trees are still out on the benches.
They will be put in their winter home when it starts to rain a lot, as is usual around here.

Boxie brought some pots for Andy P to have a look at for one of his trees.
I like the quotes on the base of two of them.
This one by John Naka.

This one by Marc Noelanders.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Black and White.

I have been playing about with photos today, just to see if black and white are as good as colour.

What do you think?

These are not my trees, but without colour you can really see the deadwood.

Chinese Juniper's.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Prevention or cure ?

I have always thought prevention is a lot better than trying to cure, so after an attack of caterpillers in the summer, I have just given my Hawthorn a good spray with a weak solution of lime sulpher as a winter wash.

This should prevent any bugs surviving the winter in the cracks of the bark.

Fingers crossed.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Bonsai Thursday.

I had another busy day when Dave came over today, after the initial coffee, we had a look at this Maple and decided to do a bit of pruning.
Having been collected at the start of the year, it has just been left to recover, now was the time to select some branches for removal.

The tree looks quite bare but is now well on it's way to becoming a nice image.


When Boxie arrived he did some more work on his Spruce, another coat of wood hardner, which seems to be doing a very good job on the rotten wood that was in the base of the trunk.

The emergency repot, that we did a few weeks back, also seems to have done the trick as already we can see the buds for next year starting to swell.

Fingers crossed it continues to recover.