Classroom Corner – A simple Beech forest…..

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 simple Beech forest…..

John brought in some Beech he had been nurturing for a while with the intention of bringing some of them together to create a forest…..he even came with the pot ready for action.

Soil was removed and the trees were separated. We then brought them back together in a group arrangement. We even managed to use all the trees and fit them into the pot whilst also leaving ample space to enhance the landscape aura.

This was a relatively simple creation using simple young material and yet already the result is just so effective. This little creation can now develop into a very good mature looking forest planting in such a short time and was well worth the effort!

Topical Times – Another delivery of pots!!!

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

Topical Times – Another delivery of pots!!!

Following an extremely good run of sales from both visitors and students the pot room was once again looking sparse.

At this time of year demand is always high so I acted quickly and organised another delivery. So now we have a good stock of pots and compost for all your repotting needs.

Studio Stories – Stocky little Larch!

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 – Stocky little Larch

This Larch arrived at the nursery last June. With lots of branches to choose from I thought this was a really good piece of raw material.

A few weeks ago I realised it was still for sale on the external benches. This was an ideal opportunity for us to do the styling work and repot the tree at the right time of year.

So……branches were selected and wired. Surplus ones were removed. The heavy top of the trunk was made into deadwood and extended into a Shari to   give an illusion of taper and to appear more natural.

I am pleased with the result of the first styling. We have improved our stock and helped the tree on its journey to realising it’s true potential. With the recent milder weather the buds are already beginning to burst……the start of its recovery from the work carried out!

 

Classroom Corner – A forest and a raft…..testing times!

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 forest and a raft…..testing times.

These two trees turned up on a recent one to three afternoon session.

The Hawthorns had been together for a long time but were now in need of repotting and some rearranging. They were very tall and not the easiest of trees to combine but it was a case of looking at the trunk characteristics, arranging them accordingly and then finally some pruning.

The Cotoneaster stump had sprouted well but was never going to make an individual specimen tree. The student had already made up his mind about the possibility of a raft…..so …….anything to oblige so off we went.

Branches were selected, wired and then positioned as individual trunks. Pleasantly surprised to see that suddenly this old rotting stump shows really good potential.

Two testing trees but well pleased with the result!