Topical Times – A tale of two Junipers!

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

Topical Times – A tale of two Junipers!

On a recent one to two class these two very similar Junipers turned up. One was a Juniper Chinensis imported from Japan whilst the other was Juniper Squamata which was field grown from nursery stock specifically for Bonsai.

Both trees had been fully wired before the class and were now ready for branch placement/styling. Unnecessary branches were removed as the styling work progressed.

I was really pleased with the outcome. Both trees have come such a long way and gained immensely in stature. They are now ready for some refinement work which could dramatically improve their appearance in the coming years. Excellent potential!!

Studio Stories – Yamadorii Juniper Japan….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 – Yamadorii Juniper Japan….repotted!

Following on the series of repotting trees from my own collection this time it was the turn of a Yamadorii Juniper from Japan.

I was concerned because the the soil was not draining correctly and always looked wet. However, the tree had grown really well last year, looks very strong and has a good colour. Because of it’s condition I was happy to carry out the repotting.

Where possible fibrous roots in contact with soil were left untouched. Basically no roots were cut off. It was a case of trying to remove all the broken down soil which was mostly in the central area of the rootball.

The replacement soil was equal parts akadama and bims but using a much larger particle size in the lower and central areas of the pot. The repotted tree will now drain so much more freely than before and should be alright for 4/5 years.

I also took the opportunity to change the front of the tree slightly to give a better view of the shari, live veins and movement in the trunk.

Memory Lane – March 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 – March 2013……

…….and whilst this Juniper Chinensis was being restyled and repotted inside…………..outside had a somewhat familiar ring to it!!!……

Classroom Corner – White Pine Styling…simple but effective!

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 – White Pine styling…..simple but effective!

This Japanese White Pine was brought along to a recent open workshop. The upper trunk was just so straight and did not relate to the cascading movement/direction of the lower more dominant trunk.

It was decided to remove the upper trunk and go with the half cascade style of the lower trunk. The wired branches were positioned and then the upper trunk was made into deadwood.

The original problem had not really been solved but then with a bit of work on the deadwood and some heat bending…….suddenly the whole image is much more cohesive. The two trunks now relate to each other and we have the added drama/character of the deadwood providing much greater interest.