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Wednesday 31 May 2017

Sunny morning.

What is there to do on a sunny morning I asked myself, then I had a look at the trees and decided to do a tidy up on my Kokonoe White Pine.

Before starting, beside a Procumbens juniper.

A close up before work.

After working it looks a little more refined.

Back on display with an Itoigawa juniper.

Tuesday 30 May 2017

Monday 29 May 2017

Natter night 29th May 2017.

The weather was dull and overcast but the night was still as jovial as usual. The only tree to be brought was an Oak that belongs to Ken M so it had all the attention.

The Tokonama display for tonight.My Itoigawa Juniper and a Larch.

The front of the Oak before any work.

The back view.

Front view after working.

Back view after working.

I placed it in the Tokonama for a photo, but as it was getting dark I had to use the flash.

We did manage to sit outside for a while.

Mikes little brother, Steve, came along to pick up his Rock planting.

Margery also popped in earlier to collect her trees, that have been here on holiday.

Not a lot to work on, but still a good night with good company.

Saturday 27 May 2017

Before the storm.

With storms forecast for this afternoon I have been playing around in the garden with my camera and trees.

Itoigawa Juniper with Dwarf Japanese Holly.

Kokonoe white pine and a Procumbens juniper.

Squamata juniper.

Japanese Larch.

Another Squamata juniper.

You never know the forecaster's could be wrong.

Top 75 Bonsai Blog Award.

I made it in at number 27 in the top 75 Bonsai Blog awards.

The link to the awards.

Friday 26 May 2017

Itoigawa Juniper clean up.

I spent a bit of time today doing a clean and trim of this Itoigawa juniper.

Thursday 25 May 2017

Last rays.

The last rays of sunshine on the trees.

It has been the best and warmest day so far this year.

Bonsai Thursday.

A really sunny and hot day so I thought I would remove all the dead flower stalks from my Hawthorn.

There were quite a lot to take off.

I also took the opportunity to clip the foliage as well.

Tokonoma display for today.

From the left, Berberis, Dawn Redwood and an Itoigawa Juniper.

Tuesday 23 May 2017

More work in the garden.

I have been doing yet more work in the garden today, you have to make the most of a nice sunny day.

My garden Tokonoma.

With somewhere to relax.

The view from the other end.

The trees in the sun.

Natter night 22nd May 2017.

It was a good night to work outside in the garden again.

I say work, but some were drinking coffee and eating ginger parkins.

Ken's Hawthorn had most work done tonight, it was pruned and wired.

We had to be careful so as not to knock off the flower's, which are the first this tree has produced..

Not the best photo but the tree is now more open  but compact.

Andy also worked on this nice Larch, sorry I did not take an after photo.

Another Hawthorn, also Ken's, just had a slight prune.

Saturday 20 May 2017


Having dodged the rain for most of the morning I have finally finished painting the fence panels around the garden.

Why does it always rain on me ?

I am sure there is a song in there somewhere.

I have been trying to finish painting the fence panels in the garden this morning, but each time I start so does the rain.

Not far to go now, just a couple of panels left to do.

The up side of the rain is it makes the trees look nice and fresh.

Friday 19 May 2017

Good day.

I decided today was a good day to paint the fences around the garden.

I got on quite good , but still a way to go.

I thought the back drop would be a little dark for the trees, but there was no need to worry.

They show up quite well.

Another good day tomorrow and I should get finished.

Thursday 18 May 2017

Mini Satsuki.

My Mini Satsuki Azalea  flower buds are starting to show at last.

Looks like more then last year

Bonsai Thursday.

I am beginning to think that when Dave comes on a Thursday that he is setting me a challenge, today he brought a piece of Tufa rock and a couple of small Junipers.

The rock has been lying around Dave's garden for a long time and it is weathered quite a lot.
The first job was to fix it into a tray so that it sat level.

Number one Juniper.

Number two Juniper.

The finished job with a small Cotoneaster added and gravel filling the tray.

When the tree's settle in, they will be wired and styled, but even now it looks quite good.