Studio Stories – Demo day Taxus Cuspidata update

Sometimes I work on nursery trees, sometimes I work on client’s trees……and sometimes if I’ve been a really good boy I get to work on my own trees. Hopefully these regular visits will give you an insight into what goes on behind closed doors……….
Studio Stories – Demo day Taxus Cuspidata update

The first pictures were taken in January this year. The tree is now ready for another wiring and styling.

March…..and the next set of pictures show the tree wired and with branches positioned. The crown is wider and much better defined.

April and the tree is just about to be moved outside from his winter quarters. New buds are just starting to emerge.

May…..the tree was budding really well and ready for his first pinching session.

Look back through older blogs to see how this tree started out as raw material on one of our demo days……you will be amazed at the transformation!

Memory Lane – Do not be lazy…cut back on the mesh!

Looking back….we can tell a tree’s story…..admire an image…..capture a moment…..remember a special event…..be inspired – to create a memory for tomorrow. I hope you enjoy this regular peep into some of John’s bonsai history.
Memory Lane – Do not be lazy…..cut back on the mesh!

You may recall this Pine when we first reported it in March 2013….but it’s worth repeating.

This old excellent Scots Pine almost died. Some people when they are repotting their trees can’t be bothered to cut up small pieces of mesh that just cover the draianage holes. They simply stick a full sheet of mesh in the bottom of the pot.

Easier but extravagant…..and potentially life threatening!

It becomes easy for the roots to engage with the mesh and create a solid mass that then blocks the drainage holes and leads to wet soil which then causes root rot. The problem is even worse when mycorrhizae is present.

If the roots and tree manage to survive problems then occur with the next repotting. There is a high risk of serious damage to the trees roots just from trying to separate the mesh from the rootball as the two are often completely entwined by this time.

This tree was lucky….we got to him in time…. your favoured tree might not be so lucky……..just think what you are doing next time you repot!!

 

 

Classroom Corner – Academy 9/11 Class May 2018

An open window into the comings and goings of students and their trees attending our regular weekend and midweek bonsai classes under the ever watchful eyes of John Hanby.
Classroom Corner – Academy 9/11 Class May 2018

Yesterday was one of my Academy sessions. The weather was so good that at one point we took to working outside……having said that it’s not easy to get the huge Juniper forest into the studio anyway.

Yesterday was really about catching up with some ongoing and current projects. Checking progress, making adjustments, discussing options and carrying out any necessary work to take each tree to the next stage of its development.

Two large forest plantings were overhauled. Trident Maples with grafted branches were pruned back. Ties were checked and foliage pruned on tanuki Junipers.

Cryptomeria were pruned. Styling work on individual pines and Junipers continued. I think everyone enjoyed a varied and very productive day.

Topical Times – A tale of two Junipers!

A regular update on the life and times of John Hanby’s Newstead Bonsai Centre……..

Topical Times – A tale of two Junipers!

On a recent one to two class these two very similar Junipers turned up. One was a Juniper Chinensis imported from Japan whilst the other was Juniper Squamata which was field grown from nursery stock specifically for Bonsai.

Both trees had been fully wired before the class and were now ready for branch placement/styling. Unnecessary branches were removed as the styling work progressed.

I was really pleased with the outcome. Both trees have come such a long way and gained immensely in stature. They are now ready for some refinement work which could dramatically improve their appearance in the coming years. Excellent potential!!

Studio Stories – Yamadorii Juniper Japan….repotted!

Sometimes I work on nursery trees, sometimes I work on client’s trees……and sometimes if I’ve been a really good boy I get to work on my own trees. Hopefully these regular visits will give you an insight into what goes on behind closed doors……….
Studio Stories – Yamadorii Juniper Japan….repotted!

Following on the series of repotting trees from my own collection this time it was the turn of a Yamadorii Juniper from Japan.

I was concerned because the the soil was not draining correctly and always looked wet. However, the tree had grown really well last year, looks very strong and has a good colour. Because of it’s condition I was happy to carry out the repotting.

Where possible fibrous roots in contact with soil were left untouched. Basically no roots were cut off. It was a case of trying to remove all the broken down soil which was mostly in the central area of the rootball.

The replacement soil was equal parts akadama and bims but using a much larger particle size in the lower and central areas of the pot. The repotted tree will now drain so much more freely than before and should be alright for 4/5 years.

I also took the opportunity to change the front of the tree slightly to give a better view of the shari, live veins and movement in the trunk.

Memory Lane – March 2013……

Looking back….we can tell a tree’s story…..admire an image…..capture a moment…..remember a special event…..be inspired – to create a memory for tomorrow. I hope you enjoy this regular peep into some of John’s bonsai history.
Memory Lane – March 2013……

…….and whilst this Juniper Chinensis was being restyled and repotted inside…………..outside had a somewhat familiar ring to it!!!……

Classroom Corner – White Pine Styling…simple but effective!

An open window into the comings and goings of students and their trees attending our regular weekend and midweek bonsai classes under the ever watchful eyes of John Hanby.
Classroom Corner – White Pine styling…..simple but effective!

This Japanese White Pine was brought along to a recent open workshop. The upper trunk was just so straight and did not relate to the cascading movement/direction of the lower more dominant trunk.

It was decided to remove the upper trunk and go with the half cascade style of the lower trunk. The wired branches were positioned and then the upper trunk was made into deadwood.

The original problem had not really been solved but then with a bit of work on the deadwood and some heat bending…….suddenly the whole image is much more cohesive. The two trunks now relate to each other and we have the added drama/character of the deadwood providing much greater interest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Topical Times – When two become one……again!

A regular update on the life and times of John Hanby’s Newstead Bonsai Centre……..

Topical Times – When two become one ……..again!

These two Junipers had been collected together from the wild in Europe. They had been separated for a few years, there had been a change of ownership, but now they were back in the same hands.

These two trees really were made for each other……so with a bit of wiring, a change of angle, a nice new pot and “hey presto” we have a new bonsai!

Quite a transformation. They work so well together and this new tree is so much better than the two individual ones alone.

Question is…..have you any trees in your collection that might just look better together?

Studio Stories – Euonymus repotted!

Sometimes I work on nursery trees, sometimes I work on client’s trees……and sometimes if I’ve been a really good boy I get to work on my own trees. Hopefully these regular visits will give you an insight into what goes on behind closed doors……….
Studio Stories – Euonymus repotted!

My last Studio Stories article featured the repotting of Big John. On the same day I also repotted my large Euonymus bonsai.

As they say…..”every picture tells a story!……….”