Work on the Deadwood of My Shohin Yew

I took the opportunity today to do a little more refining on the jin and shari of a shohin yew that had its first styling one year ago.


This is how it looked before todays work.


and this is how it looks at the moment.



I think I will change the viewing angle slightly at the next re-pot to give the jin more prominence.


This is a reminder of how it looked before the first styling last year.



Its Spring Again

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



Shohin Yew First Styling

This is a shohin taxus cuspidata that was imported from Japan 4 years ago, which I acquired about 3 years ago. It has taken all of this time to acclimatise the tree, to re-pot it into a medium which is appropriate for our weather and to get it growing with sufficient vigour to continue its development.

This is how it looked before any work was carried out.


After the creation of a jin, some shari and an initial pruning.


After a little more pruning and the addition of some wire to open up the branches


And from the other side before


During the work


And after


I think this little tree has great potential and I look forward to its continued development in the future.


Shohin Yew (Update)

I’ve had this twisted old shohin yew for 2 years and it hasn’t put on any new growth in that time until now.

In the first year I had it, it didn’t look healthy at all and I was concerned about the condition of the original soil and the effect that might be having on the roots. At re-potting time in April of last year I noticed that the original soil was badly decomposed and and there was only live roots in the lower half of the original clay pot. I removed as much of the old soil as possible and replanted the tree in a coarse mix of akadama and kiryu in a slightly oversized rectangular pot by Zenigo. Throughout last year it was slow to respond but this year, I’m pleased to say, it is pushing out new buds all over the place.

I will let it grow throughout the spring and summer and give it its first major styling later in the year. Here are some pictures showing both sides of the tree, I haven’t decided which side will be the front, at the moment, hopefuly, that will become apparent when the tree gets its’ first styling.l


For comparison, this is how it looked 2 years ago.