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Sunday, 25 August 2019

A few gallon.

After a day like today when it turned out to be a scorcher my trees needed a lot of water to see them safely through the night.
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Sunday morning sunshine.

It is nice to see some nice sunshine again.
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Saturday, 24 August 2019

Tree of the week No 7.

My No 7 tree of the week is this Procumbens Juniper planted in Bogwood.
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This tree was awarded the best evergreen and best in show at the SBA National in May this year.

Friday, 23 August 2019

Boulevard Cypress.

I had this Boulevard Cypress for sale at the boot sale in Doncaster last year and as no body bought it I did this restyle on it.


This is it now eleven months later and it has put so much new foliage on it needs a good trim.


Maybe I will try at the boot sale again this year.

A trim and clean up.

Today I have been doing a trim and clean up on this Itoigawa Juniper.
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I think this tree is getting better with each trim.

Pot by Ian Baillie Pots.


Monday, 19 August 2019

Natter night 19th August 2019.

One of them nights that turned into something special when Robert Porch arrived with Boxy.The new boys Kevin and Gibby got an insight into how a good teacher works and Paul had a free workshop with Robert.
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The studio was quite full tonight.


Kevin got on with wiring his Hinoki.


Then Robert talked through the styling of the tree with him.
For a first styling it turned out really good.


Paul meanwhile got on with wiring his Juniper.


A nice little Shohin tree.


The finished image, for now.


One for Graham, Robert is sitting waiting for you so you better not be late.


It is always a good night when Robert shows up.
The knowledge he imparts is second to none.

Thanks Robert.

Sunday, 18 August 2019

Tree of the week No 6.

My tree of the week is this Hawthorn.
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Friday, 16 August 2019

Who remembers ?

When we were away on holiday at the end of June there was a heatwave and my Dawn Redwood was scorched rather badly. But with some tender loving care it has now recovered to the extent of being almost back to normal.
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Nice lush new foliage all over.

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Natter night 12th August 2019.

Sorry my post is a little late today, but here it is.
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Kevin brought this newly bought Hornbeam to show us.


It had moss growing up the trunk, so I gave him the special tool to remove it, { an old tooth brush }


A nice tree which will only get better.


Now back to this Hinoki that was started last week.


Kevin decided to create a Mother and Son image, so started to wire. We got the Son part almost done.


Kevin will wire the other part next Monday.

A good start to becoming a Bonsai.

Monday, 12 August 2019

Hooray !.

Hooray.

The rain has stopped at last, but for how long ?


Sunday, 11 August 2019

Squamata Juniper.

Just finished a long overdue job of dewiring this Squamata Juniper.


As well as dewiring it was also given a slight clip and a clean up and another coat of lime sulpher again.


Only one or two branches have not set yet, but a small amount of new wire will sort that out.

Saturday, 10 August 2019

Tree of the week No 5

 My tree of the week is a Boulevard Cypress.
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Monday, 5 August 2019

Natter night 5th August 2019.

Only one tree to work on tonight, a Hinoki bought from a garden center.
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Completely raw stock but very healthy.


New boy Kevin cleaned it out, with me supervising, ready to be wired.


Sorry no photos of him working on it.

A dull but warm night, so we worked in the garden once more

The company and banter was very good as always.

Saturday, 3 August 2019

Friday, 2 August 2019

Bonsai Thursday.

Today with Dave and Boxy we had another look at the largest of the Larch groups that had been worked on recently.
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This is how it looked after the work was done two weeks ago.


First Boxy had a go 


Then Dave.


How it looks now, after some thick branches had been removed.


Getting better all the time.

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Bonsai Wednesday.

Dev came over tonight and brought his Taxus for the next stage of progression work.
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The tree as it arrived, lots of growth and very healthy.


After a trim and a little more wire.


A few sacrifice branches have been removed to allow for more light penetration.

Natter night 29th july 2019.

A little late with this post, but better late then never.
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First off tonight,this Chinese Juniper brought by Ken M was given a slight trim.


It looked a bit neater after the trim.


Meanwhile Boxy,watched closely by another newbie Gibby, started to wire this Beech tree.


During the styling Ken kept him right.


The finished tree styled as a windswept, looked very good for a first styling.


Kevin brought this Chinese Elm to get some advise on.


Graham brought this Cotoneaster to work on.


A little smaller than the Larch group he helped to do last week
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It was another good night with everyone enjoying the joviality in the sunshine.

Saturday, 27 July 2019

Tree of the week No 3.

My tree of the week is a Taxus in a Bigei pot.
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Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Larch group.

Here are a couple more pics of the Larch group done last night.
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Front view.


Back view.


Monday, 22 July 2019

Natter night 22nd July 2019.

Well another late finish tonight as we tried to get the Larch group finished and styled.

Boxy and I started a bit early with adding wire.



As people arrived they also gave a hand to wire.


Ken M brought his cork bark Chinese Elm to see if he had got rid of the scale insect that had attacked it


A good time to show new boy Kevin what to look for and how to treat it.


No photos of me tweaking, but here are a couple of the tree so far.


Not the best pics but it was getting dark.




I will post a better one tomorrow when it is light.