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Thursday, 21 March 2019

Bonsai Thursday.

A nice relaxed morning with Dave today after a busy one yesterday.
I did some more work on my Hemlock, which I find very relaxing.

Back on the bench, I am pleased with it's progression so far.

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Late finish.

After an early start to my day when Carl arrived at 7-30 this morning and my evening with John and Tony only stopping at 9 o'clock, to say I am tired is an understatement.

Tonight I started to do a little work on this Hemlock after it had been left most of last season to regain some vigor in the foliage.

A little wire and a slight trim has made a difference.

Still a little more to do, but in the morning when Dave comes over.

Improving all the time.

Early start.

I have had a real early start today, when Carl M from way down West Cumbria came for his first ever workshop.
This first tree, a Beech, which he got off Robert Porch last year. 

The second tree, a White Pine, also from Robert.

I started by wiring the first branch and showing Carl how to apply the wire.
Then kept an eye on him as he did the rest of the tree.

Before tweaking we decided this would be the best angle and front view for it.

The image that was created.

Carl was pleased with the outcome.

Meanwhile Boxy was repotting the White Pine into an Ian Baillie pot.

Carl now knows how much work goes into creating an image.
I hope he enjoyed his day as much as I did.

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Getting ready.

I have been getting my tree ready for the show at Markham Grange on Sunday.
I started with the foliage then moved on to mossing up.
Before work.

After I collected the moss it was then applied to the surface of the pot.
I enjoy doing this as it makes the whole composition look very tidy.

I then cleaned the pot as well.
Now looking forward to the show.
To see the full tree come along on Sunday and say hello.

Monday, 18 March 2019

Natter night 18th March 2019.

After the bad weather we had for nearly a week, tonight was a really good night quite mild and calm.

Only two trees to work on, but good ones.
This Chinese Juniper, which Graham brought to re-wire, was the first one.

He then spent the next three hours putting wire on and did not come close to finishing it. But there is always next week.

Ken brought this Cascading Larch to work on.

Which I helped with, by adding some wire.

It is nice to see new growth coming on the trees.

Maybe spring is almost here, My favorite time of year.

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Bonsai Thursday.

Another good morning with Dave, we had a good natter about all sorts of things, then we did a little work on my Hawthorn group planting.
The work was mainly a clean up after winter.

But we also did some work on the deadwood. I do not think it shows in the photos as it is on the inside of the foliage.

Looking quite good at the moment.

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Bonsai Wednesday.

I was asked earlier today if I had any up to date photos of a small Juniper I styled about three years ago, I had so had a look at it and decided to give it a clean up before posting.

This is the back of the tree before any work.

The front after cleaning.


Tony W brought this Shohin sized Lonicera to have a go at, so I put some wire on.

After a tweak it now has some shape, then we decided the Jin, bottom left, needed some shape as well.

A little work and it looks much better.