Memory Lane – October 2006….a few nursery pictures!

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 – October 2006…..a few nursery pictures!

The early years of the nursery and I have to say looking at these pictures I do think we had a bit of something for everyone.

Take a close look into some of these pictures…..we have sold some really nice pieces of material over the years……and we strive to continue this trend!

Maybe you will see an early picture of one of your trees?

Wonder where they all are now………..??

 

Memory Lane – The Nursery…..27th March 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 – The Nursery…..27th March 2012

The nursery looked so different then……everything was in a bit of a state.

This was one month after we had sold off the garden centre and moved the bonsai nursery into what was my garden. It was also exactly nine days after my heart attack!!

 

Memory Lane – Demo Day Taxus Cuspidata

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 – Demo Day Taxus Cuspidata

The first picture shows how the tree started out on one of our Demo Day lectures in 2010. Quite a raw material bush…..originally imported from Japan and now growing vigorously.

The remaining pictures allow us to take a look at the tree’s progress in September 2013. The live veins were becoming stronger and clearer all the time so that the shari could be extended.

Yet more deadwood is created and the tree is then thoroughly cleaned prior to the application of lime sulphur. The contrast at the end between the green foliage, the red bark and the white deadwood is simply stunning.

What a transformation in three years!!!……..

Memory Lane – Noelanders Winner was at Newstead.

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 – Noelanders Winner was at Newstead.

I understand from the social media grapevine that this Taxus Cuspidata was selected as best or joint best in show at the prestigious Noelanders Bonsai Event held in Belgium.

This really is a special tree and I remember him well. It is nice to think that this tree was exhibited at our very first Newstead Bonsai Extravaganza in 2004. This was during his early years in Europe fresh from Japan.

The years have been very kind to him and you can clearly see from the pictures just how well the tree has been developed and refined. This was a top level tree in 2004 but now he has reached a much higher level.

As I keep telling my students, it does not matter how good your tree is you have to appreciate that there is always another level!

So an amazing tree in an amazing exhibition…….just remember where you saw him first!!

Memory Lane – “Big John”…..Welcome to Yorkshire!!

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 – “Big John”….. Welcome to Yorkshire!!

This huge Trident Maple….affectionately known as Big John……arrived into Europe from Korea just after Christmas in 2000. It was love at first sight and my ticket went straight on to what was probably the only branch he had!

He eventually arrived at my nursery in February. The first batch of pictures below were taken on the 19th March 2000. He was moved from his round plastic pot into a bread tray!…….the only thing I had big enough to accommodate him!

Notice just how fibrous his root system is, not a single heavy root had to be cut off. The middle of the trunk is actually hollow. The only thing I had to do now was grow him some branches.

The second batch of pictures were taken on the 3rd November 2016 before and after his autumn pruning. After 17 years we are getting there……thanks for the memory!!

 

Memory Lane – Deciduous trees at Newstead Four 2010

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 – Deciduous trees at Newstead Four 2010

First of all can I apologise for not posting any articles recently….things have been a bit hectic to say the least. Its nice to be back and I will now endeavour  to keep a steady flow of new articles for inclusion on the website.

Its hard to believe that six years have passed since our last Newstead extravaganza…….but time flies as they say when you are enjoying yourself. We had some tremendous deciduous trees on display with many of them clinging desperately  to their leaves against the onslaught of an early Autumn.

Where the leaves have gone you can really appreciate the degree of refinement and the quality of the tree. I hope you enjoy this small selection and for those of you lucky enough to be there it’s another chance to reminisce and feel your age!!!

 

 

Memory Lane – When the accent plant is not just a plant!

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 – When the accent plant is not just a plant!

Bonsai exhibitors use an accent plant or kusamono as part of their display to help compose a picture for the viewer. To provide additional information such as suggesting a season or the location where the tree on display is growing.

The addition of a scroll to the display can provide even more information and help to complete the picture the exhibitor has in mind. it helps the viewer to study the tree on display in a completely different light.

Bonsai display accompaniments are not restricted to plants and exhibitors are constantly adding to their repertoire. This whole concept makes a bonsai exhibition much more interesting for the visitor and when the combination of tree, scroll and accompaniment really works the overall effect can be simply stunning…..you will know it when you see it!!!

Below are just a few pictures of some of the accompaniments that were used at our Newstead Bonsai Exhibitions in 2008 and 2010. Take note next time you visit a bonsai exhibition and see what you can be inspired to create yourself.

img_0156 img_0138 img_0094 img_0054 img_0052 img_0051 img_0043 newstead-2008-032 newstead-2008-031

Memory Lane – Newstead Exhibitions 2006, 2008…….Cascade style bonsai!

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 – Newstead Exhibitions 2006, 2008……..Cascade style bonsai!

It’s always interesting to take a look back at the Newstead Exhibition photos……they bring back many fond memories. I am forever indebted to the many people who painstakingly prepared their amazing trees and presented them to such a high standard at all our shows.

On this occasion I have selected some bonsai in the cascade or semi cascade style that were exhibited at our shows in 2006 and 2008.

Different varieties, both deciduous and conifers, some yamadorii, some with deadwood.

One of these trees had even been exhibited at the famous Kokufu exhibitions in Japan!

Hope this selection brings back memories for those of you who were there…..and if you were not there I hope these trees will provide a source of inspiration for you to create your own cascade style bonsai.

IMG_1599p IMG_1600p IMG_1606p IMG_1659p IMG_1671p IMG_1675p IMG_1678p IMG_1680p IMG_4421p1 IMG_4447p1 IMG_4455p1 IMG_4512p1 Newstead 2008 164 Newstead 2008 185 Newstead 2008 197

Memory Lane – A memorable weekend in Belgium ( Part Three )

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 – A memorable weekend in Belgium (Part Three)

Following on from our recent introductory articles on the Kei Bonsai Kai show held at Danny Use’s Ginkgo Bonsai Centre I am pleased to set out below the third and final batch of pictures taken at the event.

IMG_6683 IMG_6684 IMG_6685 IMG_6686 IMG_6687 IMG_6688 IMG_6689 IMG_6690 IMG_6691 IMG_6692 IMG_6693 IMG_6694 IMG_6695 IMG_6696 IMG_6697 IMG_6698 IMG_6699 IMG_6700 IMG_6701 IMG_6702 IMG_6703 IMG_6704 IMG_6705 IMG_6706 IMG_6707 IMG_6708 IMG_6709 IMG_6710 IMG_6682