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Monday 31 July 2017

Natter night 31st July 2017.

A quiet but enjoyable night once more.

A Shohin Chinese Juniper which I did a bit of work on this morning.

This Juniper of Andy's was thinned out a little.

Paul's small larch lost it's top last winter, so needed to have a restyle.

Wired and clipped and a skeleton formed.

Ken's Field Maple.

After he clipped some of the long branches.

From the other side.

This group of three Dawn Redwood had a clean out of unwanted foliage.

It will be wired when the foliage has dropped.

To paint or not?

I have started on the nest of tables, that I bought yesterday, now the question is do I paint them black or just leave as they are?

The top of the largest one is 21 by 15 inches and is 6 inches high.

They also stack together, which will be handy for packing into the car.

Sunday 30 July 2017

Another project.

We decided to have a walk round a local car boot sale this morning and while doing so I came across this nest of tables.

Priced at just £4, of course I did not see them as what they are, but as what they could be.
Display tables for the trees.
I love playing around with wood, so this will be a project for when I have nothing else to do.

Saturday 29 July 2017

Rainy day.

It's been another one of them days when every time you leave the house the rain starts.
The only good thing is I do not have to water the trees, as nature has done it for me.
Now the best part of the day, I removed some of the larger leaves from this Acer Palmatum.

This Mame sized Rowen was left with me to be put back into it's pot after the owners dog pulled it out to play with the pot

My largest Itoigawa Juniper is growing quite well at the moment.

This Berberis is also putting on plenty of new growth. The deadwood needs more work and refinement.

Thursday 27 July 2017

Playing with the camera.

Once again I have been playing around with the camera today.

How much better do your trees look when photographed with a decent background ?

Itoigawa juniper.

Procumbens juniper.

Cormorant resting on a wrecked boat. One of Dave's carvings.

Bonsai Thursday with Dave.

A very hit and miss day today as regards the weather, every time we ventured outside the studio the rain came down with a vengence, but this did not stop us enjoying our day together.
Dave was very happy with the improvement in his Tanuki Juniper when he saw the result of my work from last week.

With Dave's help I decided to give my Procumbens juniper a trim, as it is starting to look a bit untidy.

After pruning it looks much better.

But it still needs a slight change of planting angle and to be turned a little in the pot.
This will be done in the spring when it is repotted.

The foliage that was removed.

Another good days work.

Tuesday 25 July 2017

A few small ones.

Here are a few photos of some of my smaller trees taken today.
Procumbens Juniper.

Dwarf Japanese Holly.

Itoigawa Juniper.

Hinoki Cypress.

Common Juniper.


Itoigawa Juniper.

All of them are enjoying the summer heat.

Monday 24 July 2017

Natter night 24th July 2017.

It was another very good night once again as the weather was kind to us and stayed warm and sunny, so we could work outside and enjoy it while we can.

Andy P was the first to arrive, bringing two trees to have some work done.
This first one a Tanuki juniper needed to have a bit of styling done.

After wiring and a clip it looks more refined and a nice image.

The next one a Maple also needed a bit of styling.

Once again after a little wire and a clip.

This Cotoneaster rock planting was next to be worked on.This is one of Ken's trees.

After a light prune this tree also looks better..

Ken was so happy he even made the coffee and tea.

Ken also brought this rock in a pot and a dwarf Fushia to plant into it.

The Fushia was planted into a crevice and a Sekka Hinoki planted alongside.

Quite a nice image when done.

Some good work achieved tonight.

Juniper update.

I have been doing a little more work on Dave's Juniper this morning.

Now looking more compact.

Saturday 22 July 2017

Wet Saturday.

It has been one of them very wet days once again, but now the rain has stopped, I just can't be bothered to do any work on the trees.

My Dawn Redwood needs a trim.

Swamp Cypress group also needs a trim.

The Larch on the left did get a slight trim, as did the Maple.

Maybe tomorrow I will feel like working on the trees.

Thursday 20 July 2017

Bonsai Thursday with Dave.

Today when Dave arrived I was having a look at this Juniper of his that has been here for a while.
We thought that it has recovered enough and it was time to do a little restyling.

Before work.

After work, just a basic styling was done to allow light into the canopy.

Already a marked improvement and quite a nice image.

Wednesday 19 July 2017

Home once more.

We have arrived back home after a few days break at the seaside in Yorkshire.
The weather was great the company good and the break just what we needed.

Natural trees by the sea in brilliant sunshine.

My trees at home, awaiting a thunder storm.

At least I will not have to water them tonight.