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
I paid a visit to my local bonsai supplier ( Wattston Bonsai) yesterday, to get an early look at the newly arrived stock from Japan. The new stock this year consists mainly of small and medium sized specimens of partly developed material,reflecting the current popularity of shohin and chuhin sized trees. The species represented are all ones that do well in our challenging climate and include seigen, deshojo and trident maple: prunus, callicarpa, pyracantha and rhododendron indicum; as well as the usual junipers and pines.
Lots of new tools and pots
An impressive selection of new Japanese pots by makers including Eimei, Bunzan, Shuho, Yamaaki, Bigei and many others
Here are a few trees that grabbed my attention
Shohin Trident Maple with nice movement and ramification
Deshojo maple shohin
Shohin Trident with an impressive nebari
Shohin white pine with a good nebari
Exposed root Callicarpa Japonica
Chuhin Rhododendron Indicum with a great trunk and great taper
At this time of year, I’m thinking about and trying to acquire the pots I will need when the re-potting season begins in the Spring. I have a number of larch trees in development that will need to be re-potted as soon as the season will permit. When I think about larch bonsai, I think about Walsall Ceramic pots. The shapes and earth tone glazes of their pots, complement this species perfectly.
Here are some I’ve acquired recently.
And here are some of the trees that will be going into them
This tree was planted in a similar Walsall pot, 3 years ago
I crossed the Irish Sea at the weekend to visit the NIBS 30th anniversary show in Belfast Botanic Gardens. What a terrific event it was. The quality of the trees and the displays that were assembled for this celebratory event were exceptional and all praise must be given to the organisers for the effort they put in. Here are some of my photographs to give you an impression of the show.
Opening ceremony carried out by a veteran founder member
Philip Donnelly being his inimitable self
A very well attended event
Visitors from across the sea, Gerry, Libby and Kim from Scotland and Mike Box from the north of England
Best in Show and Best Deciduous went to this enormous European Beech, Fagus Sylvatica. A worthy winner with no wire on it at all
Best Evergreen went to this Scots Pine, Pinus Sylvestris belonging to Philip Donnelly.
Here is a gallery of some of the other trees, click on any image to see a larger one in gallery mode
Here are 2 future shohin Pinus Sylvestris trees that I have in development at the moment. Both have quite a way to go but it’s that journey which gives me most pleasure in the hobby.
This is how it looked last year before its’ first styling
I started the next one about 4 years ago while it was still in the ground. The main trunk was chopped back which forced a lot of new shoots close to the trunk in a single season, many of these are now forming branches.