Topical Times – When two become one……again!

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

Topical Times – When two become one ……..again!

These two Junipers had been collected together from the wild in Europe. They had been separated for a few years, there had been a change of ownership, but now they were back in the same hands.

These two trees really were made for each other……so with a bit of wiring, a change of angle, a nice new pot and “hey presto” we have a new bonsai!

Quite a transformation. They work so well together and this new tree is so much better than the two individual ones alone.

Question is…..have you any trees in your collection that might just look better together?

Studio Stories – Euonymus repotted!

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 – Euonymus repotted!

My last Studio Stories article featured the repotting of Big John. On the same day I also repotted my large Euonymus bonsai.

As they say…..”every picture tells a story!……….”

 

Memory Lane – Inside out repotting!!

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 – Inside out repotting!!

March 2013 and this Taxus Baccata arrived at a workshop. We wanted to repot the tree but on examining the rootball it was not possible to carry out a normal repotting.

The soil in the centre of the rootball was probably original garden soil and it had deteriorated very badly. Most of the roots in the the central area around the base of the tree had rotted away.

The outer section of the rootball was left untouched and only the soil in the middle area was removed. It now resembled a polo mint in design and this hole was then subsequently filled with fresh free draining compost.

The same tree was brought along on a one to two workshop a few weeks ago. Just look how strong he is now. All the branches had been wired and the tree was ready for styling.

This tree has come a long way since it was dug out of a hedge and is now making a really fine bonsai. It could have been a totally different story if we hadn’t got the repotting right in 2013!

Classroom Corner – One to one….deciduous day!

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 – One to one……deciduous day!

On a recent one to one at the nursery Roy brought along some deciduous trees for advice and pruning. He had grown most of his trees from seedlings and really has done the most amazing job.

The help and advice he needed now was about how to take these trees to the next level. Each tree was discussed in turn and then I pruned them as required.

A growing plan for the forthcoming season was then outlined for each tree. With some good controlled vigorous growth we should be able to notice quite a difference by the end of the year.

 

Latest News – Only one workshop place left in April!

April looks like following February and March in becoming a complete sellout!

Only one workshop place remains on Sunday 29th April. So if you want this place contact me ASAP!!

There are still places available in May but these are also selling well and only a few remain.

Thank you all so much for your continued support.

Topical Times – When two become one……

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

Topical Times – When two become one……..

This work was recently carried out at a clients home. He had two red Deshojo  Maple groups. One consisted of three trees in a round pot whilst the other was a forest planting in a long shallow rectangular pot.

He was concerned with the lack of depth in the main forest. The question was ….could we put the two groups together in one pot? Certainly not in the pots the groups were already in…..these are large trees!

He had a couple of pots under one of his benches…….unbelievable……one of them a large oval appeared perfect. We have hundreds of pots on the nursery and often still struggle to find the right one!

I had to break up the long forest in to two halves. This gave me three elements to bring together in one pot. In creating this new larger forest the usual rules had to apply. The group had to have depth and direction. The trees had to relate to one another in terms of height, trunk thickness, direction and position.

I was really pleased with the end product. Given the limitations of basically having three clumps to arrange in a relatively compact pot the finished forest works really well. It should look super when it comes into leaf with that rich red foliage.

…….and the client?…….he was pleased too……he has a new tree!!

 

Studio Stories – Repotting Big John

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 – Repotting Big John

Last Thursday my helpers could not get in because of the snow……I was on my own so decided to catch up on some repotting. Big John is a Trident Maple and quite a substantial one. He was last repotted in March 2015.

As you can see from the pictures I did have some help……if you can call it that!!! This is some tree to handle on your own. An excellent root system had continued to develop over the past three years and there was plenty to remove.

Notice the acorns…….can you believe one of our furry little friends is using Big john as a grain store!!

I used a mix of three parts Akadama to one part Bims (a German river gravel ) in two sizes of granules. The whole thing came together well and once again he just fits snugly into his shallow Derek Aspinall pot.

Hopefully he will be alright now for another 3/4 years. The final picture is just another reminder for me as much as for you as to how far I have come with this tree!

 

Memory Lane – Cascade Juniper February 2013

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 – Cascade Juniper February 2013

This tree came from the sales bench into the studio for a makeover. The live veins and deadwood had been cleaned up and all the branches wired.

The way the live vein wraps around the deadwood is very interesting and needed to be exposed. In styling the tree I had to make the foliage mass more compact and several branches had to be removed.

You can clearly see the difference between the weaker inner foliage which was removed and the stronger greener foliage around the exterior. A thin shari was also opened up on the lower trunk.

This really was a big improvement and well worth the effort.