Latest News – Classes…..August availability (One to One/Two dates added)

August

Sat 1st              Project bonsai                 2 places

Sun 2nd            Academy One                 Sold out

Sat 8th              One to Two                     Sold out

Sun 9th             Open workshop              3 places

Wed 12th          Midweek workshop         1 place

Sat 15th            Open workshop              3 places

Sun 16th           Open workshop/Taxus    3 places

Sat 22nd           Open workshop              5 places

Wed 26th          Midweek workshop         1 place

Sat 29th            One to One/Two              Available

Sun 30th            One to One/Two             Available

Latest News – Class Availability……August (One to One/Two dates added)

August

Sat 1st              Project bonsai                 2 places

Sun 2nd            Academy One                 Sold out

Sat 8th              One to Two                     Sold out

Sun 9th             Open workshop              3 places

Wed 12th          Midweek workshop         1 place

Sat 15th            Open workshop              3 places

Sun 16th           Open workshop/Taxus    3 places

Sat 22nd           Open workshop              5 places

Wed 26th          Midweek workshop         1 place

Sat 29th            One to One/Two              Available

Sun 30th            One to One/Two             Available

Topical Times – A Diverse One to One!

A regular update on the life and times of John Hanby’s Newstead Bonsai Centre……..

Topical Times – A Diverse One to One!

Andrew came on a one to one recently with a really diverse selection of material. As well as the practical side there was also some discussion on the “whys and wherefores”………

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The Trident Maple “stick” was again growing strongly and ready for another drastic pruning. Diameter, taper and movement in the trunk continue to develop well. Soon we will be able to start on the branches.

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The Juniper had been wired and was now ready for a styling. The Cedar had also grown strongly and was now ready for a summer pruning.

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This large Mountain Maple was a bush when we started but now you can see what we are trying to achieve with our branch selection. The branches we are thickening have been left long. The Juniper Blaauws raft was wired/positioned and looked so much better for our efforts.

This was a really good session, bringing a lot of trees up to scratch and progressing their development. Andrew was able to learn about different species and different techniques.

We have two weekend dates available for a one to one or one to two at the end of August ….. if you are interested contact the nursery!

Memory Lane – Open Workshop November 2005

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 – Open Workshop November 2005
Looking back through my old photographs I came across a few pictures taken at an open workshop in November 2005……almost 10 years ago! I am impressed even now at the quality of the material my students were working on back then.
The Cryptomeria started life as a garden plant and for this variety was developing extremely well in such a short time.
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“Where have all the students gone”……sounds like an old song title……..but these pictures have an almost eerie feeling about them……as though the students just stopped whatever they were doing and left……I can only assume the bell for lunch must have gone. Now that would explain everything!
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There were some really interesting Junipers on the class that day and quite a few different varieties. I still see some of them on classes today.
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Looking back at old workshops and trees can be really worthwhile. Sometimes if you don’t look back it’s too easy to forget just how far you and your trees have come. Only then can you truly look forward to what lies in the future……

Studio Stories – Satsuki Azalea Time

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 – Satsuki Azalea Time

From our last post under Classroom Corner it’s obvious that this is the time of year when we deal with Satsuki Azaleas.

The trees pictured here were in plastic training pots. The before and after pruning pictures show the trees in their new ceramic pots.

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After flowering all the flowers are removed as they fade including the seed pod. The trees are pruned to shape especially with regard to the new growth which emerges as the flowers fade. Wiring can also be carried out at this time if required.

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Where necessary the trees can also be repotted at this time taking care not to comb the roots out in the way we do with most normal repotting work. We use a mix of Kanuma, pumice and chopped sphagnum moss.

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When all this work has been completed we spray the trees with a systemic insecticide and then they can be put back on the benches for sale. They are now ready for flowering next year. After about a month we will start feeding again with Satsuki Tao.

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Classroom Corner – A Tale of Two Satsuki Azaleas

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.

Classroom Corner – A Tale of Two Satsuki Azaleas
Last weekend we had our Satsuki Azalea workshop class.This brought a good mix of trees, some small and some large. Most required pruning and some required repotting.
Obviously all the students wanted advice on their own tree. The two trees we are discussing here were not as strong as in previous years. You can see some leaf discolouration and the foliage is generally sparse especially in the weaker apex area.
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Similar characteristics are visible but the causes appear to be totally different. With the first tree the compost is far too wet and the roots are showing signs of rot. We actually placed the rootball outside in full sun during the lunch break to try and help it dry out.
This tree was repotted and needs to be watered very carefully during the coming months.
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With the second tree the problem appears to be that the rootball is too dry. The main central part of the rootball is very solid. When it is watered most of the water will run off the surface and not penetrate the centre of the rootball below the trunk.
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Holes are made in the rootball around the trunk using a screwdriver to ensure that some water can now penetrate and filter through to the lower sections of the pot. Once again the method of watering will have to change and be meticulously controlled in the coming months.
This is a regular occurrence in bonsai……similar symptoms, different causes…..different remedies. Sometimes you have to think things through before you act!

Topical Times – Some summer pruning in the classroom

A regular update on the life and times of John Hanby’s Newstead Bonsai Centre……..

Topical Times – Some summer pruning in the classroom

It’s great to see strong, bushy, healthy trees coming into the classroom. They are usually a bit lighter, and a bit smaller when they leave…..they fit in the car much easier for the journey home!

Often we need to prune to let more light and air in to the tree and to encourage back budding. We want to try and increase the density of the foliage clouds.

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Look at the spaces and structure which become visible once this Taxus Baccata has been pruned back.

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This Juniper Parsonii was a massive mound of foliage when it came out of the ground but it is now shaping up nicely with an amazing trunk that needs to be seen. The time has come to make a decision on the spruce…..one of the trunks simply had to go! It will soon be ready for it’s first wiring.

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Sometimes it’s hard to believe just how much you can remove from a small tree but this White Pine suddenly regains his shape and character.

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This Satsuki Azalea was in danger of reverting to a bush when it entered the classroom but after a thorough pruning and repotting once again it looks like a good bonsai. The Hornbeam was really too tall. It was taking the attention away from the lower hollow trunk which is it’s most attractive feature.

It’s one of the great things about doing bonsai classes…..I never know what I am going to be faced with until it enters the classroom………but then again the student never knows what he will be leaving with…..???

Latest News – Class Availability……August (One to One/Two dates added)

August

Sat 1st              Project bonsai                 2 places

Sun 2nd            Academy One                 Sold out

Sat 8th              One to Two                     Sold out

Sun 9th             Open workshop              3 places

Wed 12th          Midweek workshop         1 place

Sat 15th            Open workshop              3 places

Sun 16th           Open workshop/Taxus    3 places

Sat 22nd           Open workshop              5 places

Wed 26th          Midweek workshop         1 place

Sat 29th            One to One/Two              Available

Sun 30th            One to One/Two             Available

Memory Lane – Student Bonsai Displays 2008

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 – Student Bonsai Displays 2008
On one of our early Bonsai Academy sessions in 2008 the subject of the class was displaying bonsai in a Tokonoma setting.
The students worked in small groups and each group was given a deciduous tree and a conifer to prepare for exhibition. The trees were selected from our sales benches.
Pots had to be cleaned, soil surfaces mossed, and the trees themselves had to be tidied, cleaned up and pruned as necessary.
Once the trees were ready the students then had to select a suitable table and an appropriate scroll. A complimentary accent plant also had to be selected and prepared. This would also require a display plinth.
All the elements then had to be brought together in one of our Tokonoma’s with particular attention being paid to the positioning of each item and the spaces this then created.
The results are featured in the pictures below and I think you will agree that considering the basics with which they started the end products turned out very well indeed.
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Studio Stories – Academy Eight students play catch-up!

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 – Academy Eight students play catch-up!

It was nice to welcome the Academy Level Eight students back into the studio this last weekend. Basically this was a day for catching up with all their ongoing projects.

The tanuki trees were inspected but apart from some general tidying up there was little more to do at this stage. Similarly the Cryptomeria trees were de-wired and lightly pruned but otherwise they were just left to grow.

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The very large Juniper Loderii forest created approximately 18 months ago was now ready for some renovation. Small areas of dead/weak shoots were cleaned out, foliage clouds were pruned and shaped, wayward branches were wired and positioned. If this forest was mossed and underplanted with miniature ferns it would look really impressive!

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The Taxus which was repotted at the last session continues to grow strongly despite it’s thick trunk having been hollowed out and bent through 90 degrees. The tree was now pruned so that the continuing growth this season would be focused in the areas where it was required.

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The thread grafted Trident Maples had also put on some strong growth and were pruned with future development in mind. Some branches were given their first wiring.

The main tree would come from the lower section of the trunks so now it was time to consider air layering parts of the upper section to create additional trees. Angled cuts were made so that we could obtain small shohin size trees with a wide base.

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These ongoing projects are becoming much more interesting as they begin to develop and this will only gain momentum as each tree comes to fruition. It’s not just about the end product…..it’s the journey that takes us there….learning technique, experimenting, involved logical discussions…..an informative, and enjoyable fun filled experience.

Twelve students have just set out on their bonsai journey and will be retuning for Level One  day two in August…..when will you be joining us???