Memory Lane – Cedrus Atlantica Glauca

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 – Cedrus Atlantica Glauca

Can’t really remember where this tree originally came from…….it was the beginning of 1999 after all! I do know that this was when it was potted up into a large mica training pot. It must have seemed drastic at the time because I cut off the top and kept it so I had something to gauge how well the tree was recovering.

It was a bit disconcerting to see the bit I had cut off was sprouting stronger than the tree itself!! The tree grew well that summer and I decided to use it for a demonstration at the Norfolk bonsai society in November of that year.

You can see from the before and after pictures that I really had to compact the foliage to reduce the trees height and take full advantage of its impressive base.

The tree progressed well in the ensuing years and when Craig Coussins asked me to do an article for inclusion in his “Bonsai School” book I decided to use this tree and its story.

At one of our Newstead shows, I think it was 2006, I was asked if I would sell the tree and decided to let it go. I knew it would be going to a good home and it would be going back to Norfolk where it’s major transformation had begun……. a fitting end for what was becoming a very good tree.

 

 

Memory Lane – The “Dragon’s Tail” repotted!

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 ‘Dragon’s Tail” repotted!

April 2012, just after my heart attack and this massive White Pine from Iwasaki’s place in Japan needed repotting.The existing pot was restricting its growth and it needed a larger more traditional pot to improve it’s health and vigour.

The tree never looked back and it was strong enough to be wired and styled over the winter of 2014. The last three pictures were taken at the beginning of 2015. It looked so good after that next growing season that a client bought the tree at the end of the year.

Really sad to see him go but I know he is doing well!

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.

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