Memory Lane – Newstead Two – Bonsai Extravaganza 2006 – Junipers

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 Two – Bonsai Extravaganza 2006 – Junipers
In September 2006 we held our second bonsai show….larger than the first but could it be better?
I have to say that beyond all my expectations it was! In two years the standard of the trees on show had reached incredible heights. It seemed that every dedicated bonsai enthusiast in the country was striving to take their trees to the highest possible level.
The pictures below are just a sample of the Junipers we had on show that year but they give you a real taste for the quality that was on show throughout our exhibition hall. I am indebted as always to the many individuals who supported all my events and the lengths they went to, not only in presenting such amazing trees in impeccable condition but the distances they travelled to be with us.
If you visited the show enjoy the nostalgia, if your tree is here then stick out your chest with pride, if you didn’t get to the show then here is a sample of what you missed!
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Studio Stories – A client’s Pine and Juniper

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 – A client’s Pine and Juniper

A client left two trees for us to style on his behalf. The first was a substantial nursery grown Scot’s Pine. The bark is already becoming mature and the tree has a lot of character.

An old stump where the original taller tree had been cut back was hollowed and carved to complement the trees new design. This will be refined further in the forthcoming years. Some branches were made into deadwood and bent into position.

The live branches were thinned out, wired and repositioned. In styling the tree the planting angle had to be changed considerably. The client had requested retaining a thin second trunk but in my opinion it does not complement the main trunk and I will recommend it’s removal. The client subsequently agreed to this.

The second tree was a Juniper Parsonii. It had grown very well but now resembled a large bush. Extensive thinning out was required before I could even think about the styling.

The shari up the front of the tree was widened and extended. A large branch near the top of the tree was cut back and made into deadwood. A selection of the branches was made and those that remained were wired.

Once again the styling of the tree involved a very dramatic shift in it’s planting angle but this movement brings the whole new design to life.

Both these trees have been given a new lease of life and taken to their next level. They should improve and progress greatly in the years to come.

I am just pleased that my client was pleased……….

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Latest News – April….extra class added! 1 Space this Saturday

Saturday 16th April Open Workshop

The above class has been added as we are sold out in March and April with limited availability in May. Two places have already been booked so contact us as soon as possible if you are interested.

Saturday 26th March Junipers One

We have had a cancellation for this Saturday’s class so if you are interested in attending please contact us as soon as possible.

Classroom Corner – One to One……Acer Palmatum

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 – One to One…..Acer Palmatum
This tree was one of several brought to a recent one to one session with Andrew. The tree had originated from my garden and been transferred to a bonsai training pot. I had carried out some initial styling and branch selection before the tree was sold.
The tree had grown well last year under Andrew’s supervision and was now ready for further work. Another branch selection was made and some branches were shortened. Some branches were also wired to improve their position or angle with the trunk.
The old dead stumps were cut into and torn back to reduce their size and make them blend in more naturally with the trunk. Andrew can now carry out further improvement/hollowing work by using power tools.
This tree is progressing well and shows great promise to create a really substantial old looking Maple bonsai. Andrew was advised on how to deal with the tree in the coming growing season…..which branches to prune and which ones to let grow.
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Topical Times – Yamadorii Spruce

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

Topical Times – Yamadorii Spruce

This Spruce was originally collected off the Alps. I have known this tree for approximately 10 years. I carried out the original styling after which the tree was sold and now he is back with us again.

The tree was kept in my garden last year and grew really well…..you can see his bushy unkempt nature in the first picture. So now I decided the time was right for another styling.

The tree was thinned out and some unwanted branches were removed completely. Fine shoots were also cleaned out. Next the tree was totally wired by Derek…..one of my helpers.

It was then a case of repositioning all the branches and styling the tree. I am really pleased with the outcome. This is a tall elegant tree that now gives scant regard to his harsh upbringing in the bleak mountains. The heavily scarred break in his original trunk will always be a reminder of his past but the dramatic bends in his new trunk line chart his course to survival and success.

He is an inspiration to us all……………..

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Memory Lane – White Pines that came and went…….

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 – White Pines that came and went……..
So many trees have passed through our hands over the years……literally thousands!
There are those you remember and many that you forget.
Looking through an old folder in my photos I came across a few white pines we had  dealt with probably around 2007/2010. Wonder where they are now?
One of them is the Zuisho small needle tightly budding variety. i wish I had them all back on the nursery for sale today!
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