An open window into the comings and goings of students and their trees attending our regular weekend and midweek bonsai classes under the ever watchful eyes of John Hanby.
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.
It’s great to be back after a short break, hopefully with news and blogs to stir up some interest.
What better way to come back than with the launch of our Autumn schedule of classes….. 44 new dates in total hopefully with something for everyone.
Plenty of midweek and open workshops, with a few extra time class for those requiring a little more attention. Specific species classes on Maples, Pines, Junipers, Larch and Taxus.
……..and a really special Christmas special!
So have a browse under “courses and information” see what you fancy and then contact the nursery to book your place. The popular classes fill up very quickly so don’t take too long……….look forward to seeing you and your trees in the classroom.
Still a few places left in July if you can’t wait for August.
Don’t forget you can now follow us on Facebook.
Best wishes to you all…………john.
Sometimes I work on nursery trees, sometimes I work on client’s trees……and sometimes if I’ve been a really good boy I get to work on my own trees. Hopefully these regular visits will give you an insight into what goes on behind closed doors……….
Studio Stories – Taxus Cuspidata from Korea (Part Three)
Parts one and two of this blog were posted on the 1st and 22nd of May 2014 under Studio Stories. The last post finished with the tree’s appearance in Newstead 3 in September 2008.
The first two pictures show the tree starting into growth in April 2009. The third picture above and the first one below show the tree in July 2009 continuing to grow well.
The last two pictures above and the three below show the tree in September 2009.
One year since his show appearance and having been left to grow and recover he is now given a pruning to shape with some thinning out and removal of branch extensions.
The first picture above shows the tree at the beginning of April 2010 just coming into growth. By the end of May this growth has really accelerated and you can see the results in the second two pictures.
The first picture above shows this new growth in the process of being cut back. The last two pictures above and the three below show the tree in October of the same year.
This time I really got into the tree again with some severe pruning to open up spaces and identify foliage clouds. The outline of the whole tree is greatly reduced. With no wire on board the tree is not in bad shape.
With no show appearances to focus on the tree has basically been allowed to grow normally with some routine maintenance and shaping work. For the next two years the tree was to some degree left to grow freely with just routine watering and feeding. Moving the nursery and having a heart attack generally stopped me from giving my trees the close attention they normally enjoy. I think most of them loved it…..water, food, sun, and shelter but no scissors or cutters……at last a chance to stretch out and reach for the sky……but all good things must come to an end and for this tree it started in 2013………Part Four!
A regular update on the life and times of John Hanby’s Newstead Bonsai Centre……..
Topical Times – Academy Class – Afternoon session
Our last post under the “Topical Times” banner was on the 19th May and detailed the morning session of a recent academy class where we caught up on a number of ongoing projects.
In the afternoon we turned our attention to some grafting. We have already had some good results with approach grafting using Ittogawa rooted cuttings.
We now wanted to experiment using the scion sealed bag technique. A rather leggy Juniper Pfitzeriana was used as the host tree.
The method was discussed and suitable Ittogawa material was obtained from some of our stock plants. The cuttings were grafted onto branches and then placed in sealed polythene bags together with some damp sphagnum moss. One cutting was not placed in a bag so that the results could be compared.
Next it was the turn of some tall Trident Maples where the tops had already been air layered. The foliage was reduced and a selection of branches made.
Some branches were deliberately left long and used to make a thread graft in the lower section of the trunk.
This was quite an intense days work, catching up with all the past creations in the morning and starting some new projects in the afternoon. These are invaluable lessons for the students as together they witness and execute established bonsai techniques that they can then apply to improve or enlarge their own collections. Looking forward to the next catch-up already !!!…….