The unsettled start to the season in the northern parts of the UK isn’t over yet and continues to play havoc with the more tender leafed species, especially small trees which have recently been re-potted. Overnight temperatures below freezing means that most of my deciduous trees still require the protection of the greenhouse at night.
This first picture sums up what it is like at the moment. The sun is shining and the remains of the latest hail storm are still visible on the greenhouse roof glass.
There are still quite a number of trees to be re-potted this week and I have Gerry visiting today for our midweek get together
He brought along this Fuji cherry, which he started last year from nursery material.
This is how it looks at the moment in a stunning new pot by Walsall Ceramics. This little tree will really glow in that pot, when it flowers next year.
This is a small Korean Hornbeam, which he also acquired last year, isn’t performing as well as it should in this shallow container
This is probably a better front and planting angle for the next stage of development
Re-potted into another terrific pot by Walsall
We were delighted to see 2 pictures in this month’s issue of Bonsai Focus magazine, which show Gerry and I enjoying the exhibits at this year’s Noelander’s Trophy.
(The above image is reproduced from Bonsai Focus Magazine issue 134/157)
Yesterday, I travelled northward to meet up with my good friend Gerry for our customary mid week get together to discuss and work on our trees. I really look forward to these days, it’s a real pleasure to meet up with friends and be able to share in joy of bonsai with others, who enjoy it as much as I do.
Gerry preparing his Fuji cherry in readiness for a re-pot
Gerry’s first attempt at air layering a horse chestnut has been very successful.
Transplanted into a pond basket to develop the roots further
This juniper rigida, which I initially styled last year, which appears on my new before and after page, needed a more appropriate pot and a slight change of angle.
This is how it’s looking at the moment in a new zenigo pot
This small white pine was chopped back and re-potted
Her it is after the work in a new yamaaki cascade pot
As always, the time passed all too quickly, but we do have next week to look forward to. Lets hope the weather stays fine.
Saxifraga “Gloria” in an azure blue accent pot by Keramika Pro Bonsai
My 2 shohin zelkovas have been late to bud this year because of the cold start to the season. They are on their way now so I decided to re-pot them this week.
The first one had been growing for 2 seasons in this green Chinese pot.
The old pot had a good depth for root development and the tree has grown with vigour during this time. I fancied something a little brighter this year so I have transferred it to this yellow glazed rectangle with rounded corners by Walsall Ceramics. I think it works well
I have been using the second tree for shows so it has spent its life with me in this shallow lotus shaped pot by Ikkou Watanabe. The tree is very healthy but its growth has been slower than the previous example because there is less room in the pot for root development. I will give it one more year in this pot and then I will rest it in a larger one for a couple of years to allow faster development.
Primula “Linden Storm Cloud” in a Walsall Ceramics pot
Potentilla Fruticosa is a common species of flowering shrub, which is particularly suited to the creation large and small bonsai due to its small leaves, profusion of flowers in season and the sinuous fissured trunks of mature specimens.
This is the progression. so far of a shohin sized tree that I began in the summer of 2013.
The first picture shows the tree in the raw state from the nursery in June 2013.
This is how it looked a few hours later after the first styling
This is how it looks today in April 2015, it was transplanted into the blue pot last year. It is now growing with some vigour and starting to look like a bonsai. The future development will be mainly clip and grow with a minimal use of wire as and when necessary to place the branches
This is a photoshop image of how I hope it will look in the not too distant future.
This is how it looked last year in flower
This Cassiope Mertensiana in an Ian Baillie pot is looking nice today
This shohin boxwood in development was potted into its first Walsall Ceramics bonsai pot today. This tree was started in 2oo2 from a cutting.
Here are a few more of my trees enjoying the spring sunshine today
Lions head maple
The buds on this zelkova are swelling, it should be in leaf any day now.
Japanese black pine
Root over rock juniper