The open workshop on Saturday 27th August has been moved to Saturday 13th August.
Sat 30th July Extra time Sold out
Sun 31st Open workshop 2 places
Wed 3rd August Midweek 1 place
Sat 6th Open workshop 4 places
Sat 13th Open workshop 2 places
Sun 14th Open workshop 1 place
Wed 17th Midweek Sold out
Sun 28th Taxus Two 4 places
Wed 31st Midweek 2 places
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 – Andrew’s Juniper one to one
Included in the trees Andrew brought for his one to one session were these three Junipers. The main thing that they all had in common was that they were strong and healthy after a period of good vigorous growth.
The large Juniper Parsonii was now somewhat overgrown and ready for a restyling. I went through the whole tree cleaning out weaker inner shoots and made a new branch selection as I progressed. Andrew then started wiring all the branches while I turned my attention to his other trees.
In the afternoon I helped him complete the wiring and then all the branches were positioned. The tree is now ready to be allowed another period of good growth with the correct watering and feeding.
I like the small Juniper Chinensis……this is pure literati style and one we created together from a larger tree a while ago. This tree is so bushy now that the foliage mass is too big for the literati style and the tree’s trunk size/line.
It is amazing just how much foliage I had to remove to bring the tree back into scale……I suppose my regular “mangey” students would say that this is normal! The tree looks so much better and the canopy sits well without wire.
The third Juniper was from the Squamata Meyerii family. Once again the foliage mass was much too large and dense for the trunk and style of the tree.
I went through the tree selecting branches and shoots, removing everything I considered to be surplus to requirements. Andrew’s homework was to wire the tree and have a go at repositioning all the branches. Can’t wait to see how he gets on!
We discussed other trees also, making this a very pleasant and productive day. I look forward to the next one!
A regular update on the life and times of John Hanby’s Newstead Bonsai Centre……..
Topical Times – Rob’s one to one
Rob came to the studio earlier this week for a one to one and his car was totally filled with trees……..although as usual there was much more room in his car on the journey home. What else would you expect!
All the trees were discussed in detail before carrying out any work…… and on completion of the pruning work advice was given on what to do with each tree for the remainder of the growing season.
We had only recently put the Larch and Metasequoia forests together so this was their first real pruning. They had been allowed to extend to promote new root growth and now were pruned back roughly to shape. Lower branches were left unpruned. More detailed and selective pruning work will be carried out in the autumn when the trees have dropped their foliage.
The Zelkova had branches which had been left to grow to fatten them up. Most branches were now shortened and inner shoots were also cut back.
The Juniper Squamata Meyerii now had too big a canopy and wire that was beginning to bite in. Some general pruning back was carried out and now all the wire needs to be removed. At the end of the growing season a branch selection and pruning will be undertaken prior to the tree being totally rewired and styled.
The Taxus had now been in this pot for eighteen months having been dug out of a hedge. Unchecked growth had been encouraged to enable new roots to develop. We now discussed several styling possibilities and all branches that would not be used at all were removed. The tree will again be allowed to grow unchecked but at least now it grows where we want and improves our styling possibilities.
The Elm air layer was pruned back to promote a broom style shape and improve basic branch structure.
All in all this was a very productive day and all these trees are back on track for the remainder of the growing season. Rob’s car is lighter and roomier whereas my compost bins are full…….sounds like another successful bonsai class!!!