Some New Material for the New Season

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.

 

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Lots of new tools and pots

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An impressive selection of new Japanese pots by makers including Eimei, Bunzan, Shuho, Yamaaki, Bigei and many others

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Here are a few trees that grabbed my attention

Shohin Trident Maple with nice movement and ramification

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Deshojo maple shohin

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Shohin Trident with an impressive nebari

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Shohin white pine with a good nebari

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Exposed root Callicarpa Japonica

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Chuhin Rhododendron Indicum with a great trunk and great taper

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2 nice glazed pots by Eimei

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Green glazed Yamaaki oval with a floral motif

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Re-Potting some Shohin Hawthorns

With the recent warmer weather, the buds on some of my hawthorns are beginning to swell which is a sure indicator that it’s time to re-pot those that were missed last year.

The first is an air layer that was severed from the parent tree 2 seasons ago. At the time, it didn’t have many roots so it was planted deep in a clay training pot to strengthen it up. The first picture is a reminder of how the roots looked before planting in the clay pot.

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With the tree out of the pot, you can see that there are a lot more roots now and the tree is ready to be placed in its’ first bonsai pot.

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I have chosen a nice cream oval by Walsall Ceramics for this one. I love the quality of this range of pots; plenty of holes for drainage and the securing wires.

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I’ve used a 50/50 mix of pumice and akadama to pot these trees. The nebari on this one is buried in the soil  for now to make the tree more stable on the pot. It will be raised above the soil when the roots have developed further. This is how it looks at the moment.

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This is how it looked in 2012

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I am developing this second tree from a contorted root. It hasn’t put on much new growth in the past 12 month and I suspect it is because the tree has become pot bound.

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With the tree out of the pot and the roots trimmed ready for re-planting.

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This new pot by Eimei is a little larger than the previous one so I should see a lot more growth on this tree in the coming year

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This is how the second tree looked in 2012

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Some New Pot Options for an Airlayered Hawthorn

I have a small hawthorn, which was airlayered from the old roots 2 seasons ago. It has been in a training pot since it was separated and is now ready to be planted into its’ first ceramic shohin pot.

This is the tree,

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And here are the pots I am considering at the moment. The first is by Eimei at the Yozan kiln. It has an unusual greenish glaze colour that could work well with a hawthorn.

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the next one is a painted pot by Mizuno Shikao at the Tosui kiln. Both pots are about 7 inches (17cm) wide and will be suitable for further root development.

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The tree will be transplanted in a few weeks time, when the weather warms up. I may even have a few more options after my trip to the Noelander’s Trophy next weekend

A New Pot From Japan

This is a new Japanese shohin pot that I acquired recently. It’s an oribe glazed oval, 6 1/2 inches wide by Eimei at the Yozan Kiln. I am becoming a big fan of this potter’s work. The quality and style of his colourfully glazed pots are truly amazing.

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The stamps on the base are for Yozan Kiln, Eimei and Yorozu en (they commissioned the pot)

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