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 – Hard summer pruning!
Sometimes trees really need a drastic pruning. Often they are too dense but in some cases the branches have simply grown too long and the foliage is now too far away from the trunk.
Eventually the leaves can tend to be on the outer edge of the tree with no buds, shoots and leaves inside. To try and resolve this by encouraging back budding the timing of the pruning is critical and importantly the tree must be strong enough.
The Forsythia, Trident Maple, and Hornbeam featured here were given this drastic treatment recently.
A regular update on the life and times of John Hanby’s Newstead Bonsai Centre……..
Topical Times – Big John is defoliated!
Th timing for this work was just about spot on……although a little later than normal because of the recent cold weather which had slowed down the growth on most trees.
You can see how dense the canopy was from different angles and the difference defoliation makes as I work down the tree. The branch refinement becomes clearly visible and hopefully more twigs will be created with the next flush of growth.
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 – Old Sagaretia repotted
The before pictures in the deep Derek Aspinall pot were taken on the 23rd February. The actual repotting was carried out on the 25th.
I have had this tree for more than 20 years and kept it indoors…..so you can keep them alive! It is a seriously old tree……the cracking of the bark on the deadwood almost suggests that it may have been in a fire at some time.
There are no heavy roots in the pot only fine feeder roots……hence the need for the construction site underground to support the leaning trunk and keep it stable.
The tree was placed in another smaller Derek Aspinall pot. The foliage was then drastically reduced to take pressure off the roots.
The final picture was taken on the 5th April with the tree now back in leaf and recovering nicely from it’s ordeal.