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Thursday 28 February 2019

Bonsai Thursday.

Went over to Tony's this afternoon to help him to repot a collected Hawthorn.

Quite a beast of a tree.

With plenty of fine roots.

A lot of unwanted large roots were removed.

In the new training pot with better compost.

Now it is just a waiting game.

Full of possibility's.

Wednesday 27 February 2019

Bonsai Wednesday.

Another good night, but no trees were brought along to work on, so I brought this Hawthorn in to see if it was ready for a pot.

This tree was an Ariel root cutting from another Hawthorn a couple of years ago, when removed from the pot there were roots on the bottom so it was placed in this pot, just to give it a chance of life.

The thick branch was the main root, which died back and I thought I had lost it, but after a few months it started to grow from near the base. Tonight after removing from the pot and seeing how much root it had, we decided to try a root over rock planting.

A piece of Tufa rock was found and the tree wrapped around it and secured in place.

It took two pairs of hands.

When wrapped it was placed back in the same pot.

Then a little wire, just to begin shaping.

Even a quiet night is fun.

Tuesday 26 February 2019

Natter night 25th February 2019.

Sorry I am a little late with this post, as I have been a bit busy lately.

Graham brought two more trees to be wired and styled.
So I set him the task of wiring this nice little Larch.

While I started on this Hornbeam.

The weather has been very good and warm lately, but when we looked round we found Boxy lying on the Beech.

Graham still putting wire on.

After tweaking and a slight trim, a very nice image.

Just as good an image the Hornbeam.

A nice relaxing night was had by all.

Wednesday 20 February 2019

Bonsai Wednesday.

John brought his Crab Apple which was air layered last year to be put into it's first pot.
After removing from the main tree, it was potted up in this pond basket, just in June last year.

Look at the roots it has gained since then.

The pot being prepared and you can see the root ball better in this photo.

The tree was placed in the pot and secured in with wire.

Then it was filled with new compost.

It was then given a slight prune and watered well.

A good result in such a short time.

Monday 18 February 2019

Natter night 18th February 2019.

Cool , blowing a gale and wet, but a good night in the studio with Robert, Boxy and Ken.


I showed this small Blackthorn to Robert, who liked it very much, it has been in the pot a couple of years and not had anything done to it. So I put some wire on and passed it over to Robert to tweak into it's first ever styling.

Now it has the making of a nice image.

Then Ken arrived with this Pine, which he got a lot of information off Robert about.

Still a long way to go but if Ken follows Rob's talk it will come on quite quick.

Saturday 16 February 2019

Viewing stones.

Another use for pots is to place a nice stone into them and maybe use them as an accent when displaying trees.

Both pots are Walsall Studio Ceramics.

Thursday 14 February 2019

Bonsai Thursday.

Had a really good morning with Dave, talking about our trip to Belgium last weekend. We also had a look at the trees and noticed this Larch was in the process of coming to life once more.

With the new buds starting to show the golden tips, I thought it was time for a new pot.

Now in an Ian Baillie pot and looking very sweet and settled.

I love the Spring time.

Wednesday 13 February 2019

Bonsai Wednesday.

Tonight I got back into the swing of normality when John and Tony came over for a Bonsai night.

Tony was the first to arrive with his Tanuki Juniper, which was in need of some work on the drift wood, it was starting to get soft in places. So I got him to give it a coat of tree resin to put some body back into the wood.

It will be left for a couple of days to soak in, then will be given a good coat of lime sulpher to protect from further damage.

Then John came with this Larch, which belongs to Alan J who lives next door to him.
It needed to be given some wire and a basic styling.

So I got started.

Finally this basic image emerged.

We looked for a pot for it, not now,
 but for the Spring time.

A good night's work.

Tuesday 12 February 2019

New pots from Belgium.

My collection has grown a little larger after our trip to Belgium.

When I get my self recovered I will sort out the cabinet for them .