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!

Memory Lane – Newstead 4, 2010…..a touch of colour!

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 4, 2010…..a touch of colour!

Newstead 4 in September 2010 was an amazing exhibition. There was such a variety of trees, both in conifers and deciduous species.

There was every shade of green you could imagine but there was also a subtle touch of colour……a touch of class!!

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………..??