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!!!……

Memory Lane – Inside out repotting!!

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 – Inside out repotting!!

March 2013 and this Taxus Baccata arrived at a workshop. We wanted to repot the tree but on examining the rootball it was not possible to carry out a normal repotting.

The soil in the centre of the rootball was probably original garden soil and it had deteriorated very badly. Most of the roots in the the central area around the base of the tree had rotted away.

The outer section of the rootball was left untouched and only the soil in the middle area was removed. It now resembled a polo mint in design and this hole was then subsequently filled with fresh free draining compost.

The same tree was brought along on a one to two workshop a few weeks ago. Just look how strong he is now. All the branches had been wired and the tree was ready for styling.

This tree has come a long way since it was dug out of a hedge and is now making a really fine bonsai. It could have been a totally different story if we hadn’t got the repotting right in 2013!

Memory Lane – Cascade Juniper February 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 – Cascade Juniper February 2013

This tree came from the sales bench into the studio for a makeover. The live veins and deadwood had been cleaned up and all the branches wired.

The way the live vein wraps around the deadwood is very interesting and needed to be exposed. In styling the tree I had to make the foliage mass more compact and several branches had to be removed.

You can clearly see the difference between the weaker inner foliage which was removed and the stronger greener foliage around the exterior. A thin shari was also opened up on the lower trunk.

This really was a big improvement and well worth the effort.

 

Memory Lane – Dianes Scots Pine Forest

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 – Diane’s Scots Pine Forest

Diane started this forest from young saplings with virtually no branches, a few shoots and long needles. To say she started this on her own with very little knowledge and experience the result is quite amazing.

I think I have been involved since about 2009 providing advice on cultivation and carrying out an annual pruning/thinning out of shoots and branches. I helped her repot the tree in 2013 and again in 2017.

It is just so nice to see a forest planting of Scots Pines in this size where everything is now in scale…..the trunks, branches, and needle length. This is shaping up to be an excellent bonsai and Diane should really be proud of what she has achieved.

I have tried to put the pictures in chronological order so hopefully you can appreciate the development process.

 

Memory Lane – Juniper Ittogawa January 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 – Juniper Ittogawa January 2013

Chris’s Juniper Ittogawa had been exhibited at our last Newstead Exhibition and had been extremely well received by visitors. It just looked so natural in this landscape setting surrounded by rocks and moss.

The tree had been brought along to a workshop for wiring and placement of the branches. A heavy branch near the crown was removed. Notice how precise and detailed the wiring is even on a small tree like this one.

Once the branches are positioned the tree looks much more compact and refined.

Memory Lane – Is this the shape of things to come?

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 – Is this the shape of things to come?

The pictures below were taken in March 2013 and January 2015. Just looking at them brings an icy chill around you. Some of the pictures may have a certain charm to them but there is still that overriding sense of dread.

The last few winters have been very kind to us Bonsai lovers but it’s best that you don’t get complacent. Keep an eye on the forecasts and be prepared to protect your trees from the extremes of the weather.

Long periods of sub zero freezing temperatures is not good for your trees especially if this is accompanied by cold winds. Just remember it’s better to be safe than sorry!!

Memory Lane – Christmas Special December 2012

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 – Christmas Special December 2012

Every year I try and do a Christmas Special for students and in 2012 the selected trees were small shohin size Ittogawa Junipers.

Each tree was discussed, thinned out, and branches were selected. The trees were then wired and given their first styling.

Wonder how they are doing today?

Memory Lane – Yamadorii Larch January 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 – Yamadorii Larch January 2013

This was one of two large Larch Bonsai that we had for sale. They had been collected on the Alps.

After a general pruning the tree was totally rewired……as you can imagine…..a lot of detailed work. The deadwood on the shari was opened up and improved at the same time.

When you see how the tree looks when it is starting to leaf out you realise just how worthwhile it is to do this work!