Full marks to Ian for having the vision to create his slab base and selecting the tree that was ideally suited to the task. I was just happy to help along the way in bringing his idea to fruition. The real beauty about this creation is that the materials used were relatively basic, the technique […]
I feel we have made real progress with this tree today. The conflict between the upper and lower sections of the tree has been dealt with. The way forward is now with a smaller more impressive half cascade shohin size tree. This has all the makings of a really good bonsai.
The tree now has a pleasing triangular silhouette in scale with the trunk and the trees overall size. Spaces and foliage clouds are now clearly defined and visible ready for more compact development and refinement. The lower left hand branch is a little heavy at the moment and slightly out balances the tree. This whole […]
Introducing more light and air into the canopy is vital for the tree’s future well-being. Once again I make no apologies for the tree’s scraggy and a little unkempt appearance. The tree is not being exhibited…..I don’t need immaculate well groomed foliage. What I do need is to retain sufficient strong foliage growth at the […]
For a tree that appeared to be going nowhere and looked almost impossible to retrieve I must admit I am really pleased with the outcome. This tree and it’s owner can now look forward to an interesting and exciting future. I shouldn’t really be so surprised because my students keep telling me I am good […]
Two really good collected pines which just happen to have arrived on the same class. Both are a nice medium size bonsai and have excellent potential to make really good trees…….watch this space!!
This Juniper Chinensis Blaauws Variety was brought to a recent workshop. The tree looks a bit ”scraggy” but the tips have been left alone to maintain it’s health and vigour especially after the removal of so much foliage. This is a basic initial styling but already you can relate to the branch structure and where […]
Generally trees grow…..this is good…….its a worry when they don’t! As the early season growth develops the danger then is that the trees become too dense or elongated and young shoots inside can suffer as a result. Failure to carry out some summer pruning may result in a lost opportunity to improve your tree’s ramification.
It is always safer to do these things gradually and let the tree dictate the pace and the line the Shari will take. People often just mark Shari lines all over the bark with little regard for the natural vein lines and the health requirements of the tree. When doing this work you have to […]