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Friday, 13 July 2018

Procumbens juniper on Bogwood .

A short video of my Procumbens juniper that was planted into a big piece of Bogwood on Thursday 12th July 2018.

It only took two hours and about six pieces of wire to create this stunning image.

Thursday, 12 July 2018

John's Hawthorn.

As John was otherwise engaged last night, he came tonight instead, he brought another of his Hawthorn's for some work to be done.

This is before any work, I like the Walsall pot.

After work, looking much neater and compact.

He was pleased with the result.

Bonsai Thursday with Dave.

I was busy watering the trees this morning when Dave arrived, a lot earlier than normal, I since found out why.

Dave is much like I am, impatient, so we decide to put together this bogwood and the Procumbens Juniper.

The Juniper.

Only four pieces of wire and what a result.

The bogwood is a meter long and the tree fitted it perfectly.
All that is needed now is plenty of good after care and a lot of luck.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Bonsai Wednesday.

As Tony is on holiday and John is staying home to watch some kids playing football on the TV, I have been left on my own tonight.

So what to do ?
Grab a pair of shears and do some trimming on my trees.
My Dawn Redwood was looking a little untidy, with all the new growth.

It did not take long with a sharp pair of shears, but looks a lot neater.

Now I can go watch Top Gear.

Monday, 9 July 2018

Natter night 9th July 2018.

The sun continued to shine on another busy night of Bonsai and coffee and banter.

Robert brought back his Itoigawa juniper, that we started two weeks ago, to have more work done.
He had wired quite a lot of the branches, but was not sure about the apex branches.

The back of the tree.

We decided the branch on the bottom left was no good for the final image, so it would be turned into Jin.

Which was Robert's next lesson.

The final image for now, I think this tree will continue to improve over the next couple of years, but looks good now.

Ken M brought back his White pine in this broken pot, to be slip potted into another pot.

Did I say broken, I should have said smashed.

The Pine in the new pot.

Robert also brought a couple of small Procumbens junipers he bought at a local garden center, to see if they had any potential as Bonsai.
I  talked him through how to decide the style that would suit the tree and how to find it.

After finding the trunk line it was decided to go for a semi cascade style.

After removing even more foliage we can now see a very basic outline forming.

More home work wiring for Robert.

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Bonsai Sunday.

I am getting to like having a son in law as today he came over and painted the display benches and the fence behind them for me.
He saved me a lot of work and made a very good job of them. They look a lot tidier now.

The trees look like a woodland sitting on the tables.

This is better, back on the benches.

By this time the sun was going down.

Thanks Chris.

Saturday, 7 July 2018


This Cotoneaster is growing well and becoming a rather nice image.

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Bonsai Thursday .

Today Dave and I had another look at a piece of bogwood I have had for a few months now and we have hatched a plan for the future.

This is the bogwood, it is almost three feet long and has a hollow in the mid section, just right for a tree to be planted in.

Next, the intended tree, a Procumbens juniper.

They will be brought together in the spring time.
So I have a bit of time to prepare the bogwood, which is just as well as there is a lot to do.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Wednesday Bonsai night.

Tonight was Berberis night as I said in a previous post, as everyone who has ever wired one will know they have very sharp thorns, so how to wire without getting stabbed ?
I have found a way to do it.

This is the tree before starting with lots of new young growth.

This is the method I have used, a piece of wire cut to length and twisted to leave enough to tie to a strong Jin.

By twisting tight around the Jin it is secure enough to spread the loop part over the young branches holding them in place.

As shown here.

Just three pieces of wire and most of the new foliage is in place.

Sorry not to clear in this photo, but you can get the idea.

The finished image for now.

Not one drop of blood was spilled.

You still have to be careful with the new growth as they break very easily.
But it worked for me.

Rock planting.

I have just transferred a rock planting to a better sized pot.
The planting was put into this pot a while ago as it was the only pot I had that was big enough.

I recently got this Walsall Studio pot and it is the perfect size.

Planted in the rock are two Yew's and a Pyracantha, which are growing really well.

Tuesday, 3 July 2018


I think it is time for some more work on this Berberis.

Maybe tomorrow night if Tony and John do not bring anything to do.

Monday, 2 July 2018

Natter night 2nd July 2018.

I started my day with some work on yet another Itoigawa juniper.

Just a little maintenance to tidy up.

Graham brought a couple of trees to have some work done. this one a Pyracantha needed some dead branches removed, then some wiring and a little tweak.

Much neater and more compact now.

This one we were not sure about, Hornbeam or Elm ?but it was wired anyhow.

Needs a lot more growth but will make a nice image eventually.

Ken brought his Oak for some routine work, but it seems to be a little slow to start this year. Must be the heat, we are not used to it.

A good night with plenty of work and banter.

Friday, 29 June 2018

Japanese Rose.

My Japanese Rose is flowering.


I need some to identify this grass please.

Does anyone Know ?

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Bonsai Thursday.

Today Dave and I started to put together a group of Cotoneaster.

First one to be placed.

All in, there are many trunks but hard to see in photo.

They will be left to settle then styled at a later date.