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Thursday, 26 April 2018

Hemlock rewire.

I really must be in the mood for Bonsai at the moment as I have been back in the studio tonight for an couple of hours.
This Hemlock was the focus of my attention, it was dewired a while ago and is now budding up nicely. So now was the time to rewire it.

I have not finished yet, but should find some time to do so tomorrow.

Just some fine wiring to do to the left side.

Bonsai Thursday with Dave.

When Dave arrived today Dev's Taxus was still in the studio, so Dave had a good look at it and liked the way it was shaping up.

The tree as it was left last night.

As Dev had left his wire here, we decided to add some more.

I wired and Dave styled.

Getting close now.

Finished for now and a nice image has emerged.

A really good day, which Dave and I enjoyed very much.

Bonsai Wednesday.

Last night was a busy night once more when Dev brought a nice Taxus over to have a first styling done.

This tree was collected four years ago and left to recover since then.

The first job was to carve a more natural top to the trunk, where the tree was cut when collected.

Then the wiring started.

I managed to get about half way through wiring. Here you can see where I added some guy wires to the left side.

A good job started and a nice image emerging.
We will carry on next Wednesday and try to finish it then.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Procumbens / Hinoki.

I have been playing around again, this time with a Procumbens juniper and a small Hinoki cypress.

Monday, 23 April 2018

Natter night 23rd April 2018/

The night started off wet, then the wind got up and it turned quite cold, but we still had a good night.

I noticed today that this Procumbens juniper was not getting wet after it had been raining for an hour of fairly heavy rain.. Also that it was difficult to get the compost wet, so I decided to give it a repot, just as well I did as the compost inside the pot was still dry.

Now in a new pot with new compost and the water now soaks into it easily.

My wife grows veggies in the greenhouses in the summer, so I also cleaned out one of them today, which involved taking this bench out.

Waste not want not, it is now outside with trees on. Gives me more room to display them.

Quite a busy day once more, but I enjoyed it all the same.

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Getting dark.

As it was getting dark I decided to have a little play with the camera.

Turned out nice.

Friday, 20 April 2018


I have just given this Berberis a small trim this morning as it is growing really well.

A very chunky tree.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Nice pot.

A nice pot for a Maple.

Bonsai Thursday with Dave.

Today it is so nice and sunny, we just sat in the garden drinking coffee and had a good natter about Bonsai.
Mind you it was nice to see my trees enjoying the sunshine as well.

I am also pleased for the rest as well.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Bonsai Wednesday.

John and Tony came over once again for another Bonsai night, John brought an Itoigawa juniper which belongs to a neighbour  of his.

Before starting any work.
The front view.

The rear view.

Having a good look to see where to go with this tree.

I wired most of the tree.

Then created a basic image.

The tree will now be left to recover and will be treated to a good season of feeding.

Repotting with Andy P.

Today Boxie and I went to Andy's to help him to repot a couple of his trees.

This Squamata juniper was the first one to be done as the pot was broken during some high winds.

Another Juniper potted into a nice Walsal ceramics pot.

Both done and back on the bench.

While we were there I remembered to take a photo of this Maple group put together by Robert Porch a couple of weeks ago.

Andy had been having a smashing time during the winter.

A good mornings work.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Brian's Itoigawa.

I have just finished doing the last bit of wiring on Brian's Itoigawa juniper that I started on last night.
This is how it was when it was brought last night.

After a lot of wire was added and a bit of pruning.

It is well on it's way to becoming a very nice tree.

Natter night 16th April 2018.

It was yet another busy repotting night, which is the usual thing at this time of year.

Boxies Hornbeam was the first on the list tonight.

This is the new pot by Ian Baillie.

A slight change of angle

The tree looks much better in it's new pot.

This variegated Cotoneaster was next, after Margery removed the wire. 

A larger pot to allow the tree to grow better.

Another Scot's pine which belongs to Ken M was potted next.

Looking good with some new compost it will boost vigor in this tree.

Brian T brought this Itoigawa juniper to be restyled and a good tidy up.

Needless to say there was plenty of foliage to be removed.

This is the part of Bonsai I enjoy the most.

This is the original front of this root over rock.

But the rock shows better from this side.

Still a lot of work to be done, but I should get it finished this week.