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Sunday, 14 October 2018

More cleaning.

I have been doing some more cleaning in the studio today, ready for my natter night tomorrow.

I don't know why I bother as it will be like a tip by the time my visitors leave.

Still, nice to be nice.

Saturday, 13 October 2018

Callum passes by.

Well storm Callum passed through last night and thankfully no damage here.

He did however take most of the leaves off my Dawn Redwood.

As well as my Hawthorn.

But this Maple just gets better.

Autumn clean up.

I got started on an Autumn clean up in the studio today, it's amazing the muck and clutter that gathers up.
Work tops cleaned, shelves emptied and washed.

All the bits cleaned and replaced.

I can start on the other side tomorrow.

Friday, 12 October 2018

Not sure.

Even nature is not sure of what time of year it is.

This dwarf hosta is coming into flower,but the leaves are starting to go back for winter.

Nature confused.

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Colour change.

Watching the colours changing every day is a sure sign that summer has gone.

Bonsai Thursday.

Dave arrived with yet another bag of goodies today, yet more driftwood, for us to work with.
This first piece needs to be cleaned and some detail added.

The second piece Dave had already prepared was the one we worked on. 

It was fixed firmly into a Mica pot.

Before adding this Procumbens juniper.

The front after making sure all the roots were covered with compost.

The back.

Yet another good morning with Dave.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Bonsai Wednesday.

Once again neither Tony or John brought any trees, so I decided to give this Chinese juniper a trim.

Before any work.

A little trim.

A tweak or two.

Finally done.

Bark cleaned as well.
The pot is by Ian Baillie, [ one of his best ]

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Nice pot.

Love the colours on this one.

Natter night 8th October 2018.

After a really good night, I am thinking about changing the title to comedy night, as we had a lot of laughs last night. The banter was the best it had ever been, my sides were aching.
Not many trees tonight but Graham brought these two groups to get some advice.
The one on the left is Swamp Cypress. The smaller one is Dawn Redwood.

He also brought his entrance fee.Thanks Graham.

I decided to do a little work on this Procumbens juniper.

A good clip out was all that was done.

Looks a little neater now.

Despite the joviality we still managed to get some work done on trees.

Saturday, 6 October 2018

More Autumn colour.

My Berberis has also changed colour over the last couple of days.

Front view.

Rear view.

Chilly morning.

I have just been outside in the garden and it felt quite chilly this morning, looks like Autumn is really here.

My Hawthorn's showing nice Autumn colours.

Next the cold.

Thursday, 4 October 2018


I am expecting some visitor's tomorrow, so I have had a little tidy up, that is cleaned some of my pots.

Maybe do some more in the morning.

Bonsai Thursday.

I had a very good morning with Dave today when he came over, we decided to have a go at this Procumbens juniper on bogwood.

This is just after the juniper was planted on the bogwood.

It looked quite good, but after a clip out, it looks more like a tree than a bush.

Just a small amount removed.

Thanks to Dave we have found a good source for raw material Procumbens juniper.

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Bonsai Wednesday.

Tonight was all about removing wire from trees.
I had already started work on my Hemlock before anybody had arrived, cleaning off the weeds.

As Tony enjoys taking wire off, I left him to get on with it.

The branches did not move far, so I was quite pleased.

Tony brought this Podocarpus.

Which had a good prune.

Dev brought his Yew back for an update on what needed doing.

Which was to remove the wire.

The tree has had a good season of new growth.

Yet another busy night's work.
Well done lads.

Monday, 1 October 2018

Natter night 1st October 2018.

We had another good night tonight, as we always do, even though there was only one tree brought along to be worked on.

This Juniper was brought along by Graham to have the wire removed as it was starting to get quite tight.

Earlier on I started to wire this Taxus and clean the weeds off the compost.

I also cleaned the pot and carried on wiring tonight.

Very pleased with the final image achieved tonight.

Just for size I got this photo with Ken.

I for one am looking forward to next Monday and another natter night with good company.

Saturday, 29 September 2018

Clean up, Itoigawa Juniper.

I had a choice tonight, either strictly or Bonsai, Bonsai won.

This is the Itoigawa juniper I decided to work on, just clear the weeds and clean the Shari, I thought.

But got carried away and trimmed the foliage as well.

Pleased I did as much, because it now looks much neater.

Friday, 28 September 2018

Mugo Pine.

My Mugo Pine now has a new pot.

It is also a lot lighter now,so easier to move.