These 2 Scots Pines were given their first styling in the literati style towards the end of last season and about 1 week ago, I decided that it was time to reduce the roots slightly and re-pot them as the new seasons candles were extending but were not yet fully open.
The first one is quite an old tree with very rugged bark and this is how it looked before this most recent work
This is a reminder of how it looked last season before the initial styling
This is the pot it will be housed in for the next few years. A ceramic drum pot by Scottish potter Ian Baillie
It is quite slow growing and has been in this mica training pot for about 12 years. Now that it is out of the pot I can see that it has a very dense network of fine roots, which will have to be reduced slightly to make it fit in the new pot.
Job done for the moment. This will not be the final pot for this tree, ultimately I would like to get it into something a little smaller but this size will be useful during its’ continued development.
The second tree, which requires a change of planting angle, has been in its current pot for four years. In that time it has grown vigorously and filled the pot with roots. It requires some substantial pruning of thick roots to accommodate the new planting angle.
For the moment I have re-potted it in the training pot that housed the previous tree.
This is a reminder of how it looked last year before the initial styling.
At last, it is now warm enough to take all of my trees out of the greenhouse and leave them outside all night without fear of damaging frosts. The benches are beginning to look over crowded. I must make some more this year.
My shohin hawthorns still have a long way to go before they become nice bonsai but I have had a big breakthrough this year. For the first time ever one of them has produced a flower.
Here it is. This little guy was raised as a branch cutting from the tree shown in the next picture.
This is the parent of the one above. No flowers yet but it’s beginning to take on a pleasing shape as a shohin.
Here are some recent pics of the others I have. All are shaping up nicely and should produce pleasing images in the coming years
As a footnote to my first hawthorn bonsai flowers, this mature specimen, which has been in the ground at the top of my garden for about 100 years is also going to flower this year. This will be the first time it has flowered too, to my knowledge.
Here are a few pictures of one of my potentilla shohin that has just come into flower this week. The flowers on this variety have nice short stems, which hug the outline of the tree, unlike some other varieties
Here are some pictures of a Delosperma Cooperi accent, which has just come into flower this week. The accent pot is by Keramika Pro Bonsai
A real stunner. I wish it had flowered last week for the National Show
This shohin cotoneaster, which I re-potted last year produced an exceptional display of autumn colour and then, unusually for this part of the world, shed all of its’ leaves over the winter.
This is a reminder of how it looked at its’ autumn peak.
And This is how it is looking at the moment resplendent with its’ new spring foliage
Its looking like this year will be an exceptional one for flowers and berries for this little tree
I think Larches look at their best at this time of year just before the shoots start to extend and become untidy. At around 20 years old this chuhin is the oldest one I have, it’s also one of my favourite trees.
Some of my tender deciduous trees are now in full leaf and beginning to look good this week. It’s still a little cold and wet to leave them outside day and night, so they are still spending most of the time in the sheltered environment of the greenhouse at the moment.
Deshojo Maple in a Shibakatsu pot
Another smaller Deshojo in a pot by a maker who is unknown to me.
Trident maple in a pot by Walsall Ceramics
My Corked Bark Elm in an Erin pot
Here are some more pictures of the other trees that I will be taking to the Scottish Bonsai Show in Troon this Sunday.
Japanese Black Pine in a new pot by Bigei.
Dwarf Hinoki Cyprus in a pot by Hokido
Zelkova Serrata in a pot by Watanabe Ikkou
Another Zelkova Serrata in a new pot by Walsall Ceramics
The first three will be in our club’s display and the last one will be entered in the separate shohin competition.