Classroom Corner – Well I did say “let them grow!”

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 – Well I did say “Let them grow!”

Rob brought his large privet stump to a recent class and wow!…….how well it had grown!

We had selected branches to let grow and areas to contain on an earlier class and Rob had followed his instructions really well. The extension of the branches and their simultaneous thickening was excellent.

After some discussion we decided that now was the time to cut back the branches and proceed to the next stage. This tree is progressing really well and quickly too!!

Latest News – Class availability……August!

Sat 5th          Open workshop                3 places

Wed 9th       Midweek workshop            1 place

Sun 13th       Open workshop                3 places

Sat 19th         Taxus two                        4 places

Sun 20th       Open workshop                Sold out

Wed 23rd      Midweek workshop           Sold out

Sat 26th        Open workshop                3 places

Topical Times -One to one away from home!

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

Topical Times – One to one away from home!

Yesterday I visited one of my clients for a one to one at his home specifically to deal with his Satsuki Azaleas and his Black Pines.

We had selected a slightly larger pot for the small powerful azalea and as you can see the tree was ready. The fine roots had made a solid mass in danger of causing drainage problems.

Existing wire was removed and pruning carried out to reflect a new more extensive rewiring in the very near future.

After pruning the largest azalea I suggested a possible new front viewing the tree from the existing corner of the pot. We both liked the idea so we made the alteration and carefully pruned the rootball to fit.

The third azalea was growing strong and had become somewhat bushy. Pruning and thinning out was undertaken to redefine the foliage clouds.

Both these black pines were growing strongly and responding well to work we had carried out on previous visits. It was now a case of carrying out some shoot pruning and thinning out needles to prepare the trees for rewiring and styling over the coming winter.

This was a rewarding day working on and improving some very good trees!

Studio Stories – Black Pine…..preparing for styling.

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 – Black Pine….preparing for styling.

This tree had been in our growing beds for a couple of seasons and was lifted/ potted last autumn.

It has grown well this year, is vigorous and a good colour. It was taken into the studio for seasonal pruning and some thinning out of needles to allow light and air to penetrate the canopy. Lots of new buds inside will now be encouraged to develop further.

Hopefully the tree will be ready for a wiring and styling during the coming winter months.

Memory Lane – The “Dragon’s Tail” repotted!

Looking back….we can tell a tree’s story…..admire an image…..capture a moment…..remember a special event… inspired – to create a memory for tomorrow. I hope you enjoy this regular peep into some of John’s bonsai history.

Memory Lane – The ‘Dragon’s Tail” repotted!

April 2012, just after my heart attack and this massive White Pine from Iwasaki’s place in Japan needed repotting.The existing pot was restricting its growth and it needed a larger more traditional pot to improve it’s health and vigour.

The tree never looked back and it was strong enough to be wired and styled over the winter of 2014. The last three pictures were taken at the beginning of 2015. It looked so good after that next growing season that a client bought the tree at the end of the year.

Really sad to see him go but I know he is doing well!

Latest News – Christmas Special material now available for selection!

The Junipers for this year’s Christmas special arrived from Japan in March and have just been released from quarantine. They are now available to view and reserve at the nursery.

Students can choose from six Juniper Ittogawa priced at £175 and from nine Juniper Chinensis priced at £145.

These prices also include a place on the full day Christmas special workshop which will take place on Saturday 16th December where work on the initial styling of the trees will be undertaken.

A £5 deposit will secure your tree and a place on the workshop. At the time of writing there is space available on this class.

Classroom Corner – A tale of two Hornbeams

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 Hornbeams

These two Korean Hornbeams were part of a batch of nine similar trees I had acquired when they arrived from Korea some 3 years ago.

Both trees had undergone some routine training and repotting into ceramic bonsai pots. Recently they both returned to Newstead on one of my open workshops.

Part of the discussion on Paul’s tree related to it’s height. By reducing the height slightly the crown becomes more rounded and less pointed. This enhances the tree’s appearance making it appear older and more mature.

Part of the discussion on Brian’s tree related to the selection of the front or viewing angle.The tree had merits from both sides. In the end a decision was made and some branches had to be removed to open up what would now become the front of the tree.

Branches to the rear would be left to grow for further fattening. Once the decision has been made the rest of the tree can be developed further to enhance the chosen front and improve the tree as a whole.

Latest News – Two workshop dates changed!

Two workshop dates changed!

The open workshop on Saturday the 26th August has been moved to Sunday the 27th August.

The open workshop on Saturday the 30th September has been moved to Sunday the 1st October.

At the time of writing there are spaces available on both these classes.