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 – Sometimes it’s a subtle touch…..sometimes it’s…..
……..quite a bit more! Trees grow….trees get bushy and dense so occasionally they need a little bit of judicious pruning. A little bit of thinning out.
The two Hinoki Cypress were of similar form and stature but one was based more on a natural design whilst the other was styled more as a Japanese bonsai. Both students wanted their trees to retain their inherent character so this had to be taken into account in the way we approached the pruning.
A bit of pruning on the small Juniper, an angle change and Hey Presto!
The Scots Pine had been wired and needed restyling so every branch had to be moved into the right place.
The tiny Juniper with the deadwood also needed all the branches repositioning and this was difficult because I was working in such a small place with big fingers!
Cutting off the top of the tree is not such a subtle move but in the case of the Juniper Parsonii I just had to make this tree more compact.
The little Pine needed just a large branch removing and a bit of wiring to keep it in scale.
Next time you are looking to work on your tree or maybe introduce some changes it doesn’t always have to be major surgery……..sometimes an innocent little tweak can make all the difference.