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 – Student John’s Juniper Pfitzeriana
This Juniper has recently attended two classes in the studio and you can certainly see a difference.
On the first visit we discussed the tree and it’s possibilities. I pruned away all the branches that I thought we would not require. John then had to take the tree home to be wired. This included some raffia and longitudinal wires on the main trunk as we envisaged some serious bending being required.
On the second visit, with most of the wiring completed I was able to set about positioning all the branches hoping to bring the foliage much closer to the trunk. The result is quite a dramatic change.
This tree has a very impressive substantial trunk with interesting deadwood and Shari. The foliage silhouette is now much more compact and in keeping with the nature of the trunk. This tree has a great future to look forward to!
Wed 6th Midweek workshop Sold out
Sat 9th Open workshop Sold out
Sun 10th Junipers two 1 place
Sat 16th Open workshop Sold out
Wed 20th Midweek workshop 2 places
A regular update on the life and times of John Hanby’s Newstead Bonsai Centre……..
Topical Times – Pruning garden trees……a change is as good as…..
I recently managed to arrange to prune two garden trees on the same day. My clients did not live too far apart so it was good to be able to do the two jobs together.
For one client this was my first visit. She had a large overgrown Cedar Atlantica which she wanted shaping more like a bonsai.
It was a case of considering the options, especially in relation to where she wanted to view the tree from. A design was initiated and the first pruning carried out. Instructions were left on how to continue with the trees development.
For the second client this was my third visit, an annual job to prune back into shape a large cloud tree that forms the centrepiece of a turning circle behind a very substantial and impressive detached property.
Made a change to be away from the small trees but the same principles were applied!
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………. Continue reading
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 – Cedrus Atlantica Glauca
Can’t really remember where this tree originally came from…….it was the beginning of 1999 after all! I do know that this was when it was potted up into a large mica training pot. It must have seemed drastic at the time because I cut off the top and kept it so I had something to gauge how well the tree was recovering.
It was a bit disconcerting to see the bit I had cut off was sprouting stronger than the tree itself!! The tree grew well that summer and I decided to use it for a demonstration at the Norfolk bonsai society in November of that year.
You can see from the before and after pictures that I really had to compact the foliage to reduce the trees height and take full advantage of its impressive base.
The tree progressed well in the ensuing years and when Craig Coussins asked me to do an article for inclusion in his “Bonsai School” book I decided to use this tree and its story.
At one of our Newstead shows, I think it was 2006, I was asked if I would sell the tree and decided to let it go. I knew it would be going to a good home and it would be going back to Norfolk where it’s major transformation had begun……. a fitting end for what was becoming a very good tree.