During Gerry’s visit last week, we potted some of our raw material into wooden boxes to help with their development. I worked on trident maples that I acquired as a mini forest planting a few years ago. I am growing them in large shallow boxes to develop the nebari and it seems to be working well.
I plan to make a shohin tree from this one, so I may begin chopping it back this week
The nebari on this one is beginning to look nice but I would like to see it grow much bigger. This one was potted up into a wider box.
Gerry wanted to pot a nice juniper prostrate that he brought back from Noelander’s.
It was in a peaty soil, which had to be removed.
This how it looks at the moment in its new box with a slight change in the planting angle.
Its an interesting tree with future possibilities from several angles of view.
Here are some recent pictures of some shohin trees that I have been working on this week
Cork bark elm pushing out new seasons leaves
Small larch in a new cream pot
Potentilla Fruticosa re-potted this week
2 white pines responding to the Sring sunshine
My new trident coming into leaf
My 2 Zelkova Serrata shohin trees are generally the last of my deciduous bonsai to be re-potted. The first one has been in its Watanabe Ikou pot since I acquired it in 2013 and its been 2 years since the roots were last trimmed. The Ikou pot is quite small and shallow and doesn’t provide much room for development. This year I have decided to give the tree a rest and plant it in a much larger pot to restore its vigour and hopefully thicken up the trunk a little. The first picture shows how it looked after the last root pruning in 2015.
The second picture shows how it looked when it was removed from its pot at the weekend, Plenty of long roots there.
This is how it looks at the moment in the larger pot, not so pretty. It will stay in this pot for next 2 years while I continue to develop the tree and after that time it may be returned to a smaller pot if I am happy with its progress.
The second tree has been in this Wallsal pot for 2 seasons. Both trees were acquired at the same time but this one has spent its time in slightly deeper pots than the first one and has grown much stronger.
I have repotted this one into the Ikou pot this year
This is how the second tree looked 4 years ago
I love the new Spring growth on Deshojo Maples. This little shohin that I’ve been working on for 4 years is looking particularly nice at the moment
When I re-pot it next year, I may change the front slightly to highlight the widest part of the nebari
This is how it looked when I acquired it 4 years ago.
I stopped off today, at the monthly meeting of the Lanarkshire Bonsai Club, for a coffee and some bonsai chat. When I arrived Robert Porch was just finishing his pre-arranged talk.
Here are some pics of the people and trees that were there today
Dougie Smith conducting a potting class
Club member George working on his Deshojo maple
Ian McMaster’s chuhin Chojubai
Gordon’s shohin Chojubai
Robert Porch’s Prunus Spinosa in flower
When the vibrant colours of the new Spring growth begin to appear, its definitely my favourite time of year. Here are some pictures of the trees that have sprung into life first.
This shohin Yew has new buds everywhere, much earlier than previous years
My Acer Shishigashira is always the first of my maples to leaf out
Larches always look their best at this time
As the days get longer and a little warmer, the buds continue to swell and the window of opportunity for the re-potting of deciduous trees is coming to an end. I still have quite a few to do and they will all have to be completed before the weekend
Here are 2 that I did this morning. The first is a shohin cotoneaster microphyla. I have been developing this tree from garden centre stock for about 5 years now and its really beginning to look good. The last of the thicker roots were removed today and it has been re-planted in its yellow Shibakatsu pot with a slight change of front.
This is a reminder how it looked when I acquired it
I also re-potted my latest acquisition, this shohin trident maple. It’s now housed in a nice old blue glazed rectangle by the second generation Tosui potter, Mizuno Masao