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Classroom Corner – Some recent visitors

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 – Some recent visitors
One of the good things about open workshops is that you never know what trees or projects will arrive on your turntable…..there is always a sense of excitement and anticipation.
On any one class upwards of 20/30 trees may be the subject of discussion, advice or practical work. These classes become an excellent learning opportunity and source of inspiration for everyone involved.
The pictures below provide a snapshot of some trees who have recently paid us a visit.
This air layer had been put on the maple at a class earlier in the year and now the tree was back for us to check the result…….a good result as you can see the new roots. The small tree with it’s new roots could be safely removed and potted into a mix of akadama and chopped shagnum moss.
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The vigorous Korean Hornbeam was in need of some pruning back and branch selection. Some branches were left long to continue growing.
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Drastic as it may sound the  White Pine needed it’s top cutting off to create a smaller more mature looking tree with a rounded foliage mass.
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The wiring and styling of this Juniper Chinensis achieved quite a transformation. Some earlier pictures of the tree are also included to help you appreciate it’s development and history.
Originally a tall multi-trunked tree with no real character or individual definition. I believe it may have been part of a larger group planting.
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This second Juniper Chinensis Blaauws Variety had lost it’s shape but had grown well. It was in danger of reverting to a “bush” but it’s surprising what a bit of wire, a bit of pruning and a bit of repositioning can do.
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 Always a pleasure to welcome trees back to the studio no matter how long it’s been since their last visit…….to check on their progress……to keep them on track, to redirect any who have lost their way to becoming a better bonsai!