Some Autumn Colour

The autumn colour is over now, for this year, but here are some pictures, which show the best of it in recent weeks.

This Zelcova Serrata never disappoints me


Here are some hawthorns which have performed well this year.



2 maples in development.


My large Japanese beech is starting to look good.


The cotoneaster landscape.



and finally my favourite larch



This is definitely not a Shohin

Quite the opposite, this is an update of what is by far, the largest tree in my collection, a Japanese Beech. I first saw it 2 years ago when I attended a garage sale at the home of one of my neighbours. It had belonged to the homeowners husband, who had sadly passed away shortly after moving to our village. The tree had suffered without the care of its’ owner and although it has always been my policy that ” if I can’t lift it, I won’t get it,” I bought it anyway.Well, we do, don’t we?


The next picture shows how the tree looked, when I acquired it. A number of major branches had died and others had become over-extended and weak


Some of the bark had died back and become detached at the base of the trunk but I suspect this may have occurred, when the tree was originally removed from the ground.


The pot is by Derek Aspinall and at 80cm wide, 60cm deep and 10cm high, it might be the largest bonsai pot ever made by a British potter. I certainly haven’t seen a wider one.


At the beginning of this year after 2 seasons of regular feeding to return its’ vigour, I decided to begin the re-styling work. The first task was to remove the large nodule left behind after some thick apical branches had died back



I removed this quickly with a Makita and a large carving bit and covered the wound in cut paste


I also shortened or removed all those branches, which would not form part of the future design.


This is how the tree is looking at the moment


And for those of you who do not look at Facebook, here it is again taking centre stage in my newly completed display area for larger trees.