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Topical Times – It’s that Styling time of year

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

Topical Times – It’s that Styling time of year

As the nights draw in and autumn arrives often accompanied by damp colder weather it invariably means we have to take refuge in the studio. At least there is less time to be spent on watering and routine maintenance work.

In the bonsai studio most of our time over the winter months is spent doing wiring/styling work and repottings. We will start the repottings as soon as the trees are dormant and will continue while ever the weather is mild/reasonable.

As a working bonsai nursery this is an excellent opportunity for us to style raw material and create new trees or to wire and restyle trees that have already been wired in the past.

During the coming months I look forward to bringing you images of our work which I hope will inspire you to greater things with some of your own trees.

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This smaller Juniper was too bushy and the almost cascading lower branch needed greater emphasis. The tree was thinned out and then wired.

The literati Pfitzeriana Juniper has become too heavy and needed thinning out. The line of the shari is also improved.

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The Parsonii Juniper had been originally styled at one of our demo days but after the removal of wire had gradually lost it’s shape. What a difference after the re-wiring, a much tighter profile.

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The second Parsonii Juniper had also lost it’s shape after a good period of growth.

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The third Parsonii Juniper had already had a radical pruning to take it to it’s next level. It was now ready for some more work on the deadwood to extend the shari and for a total rewiring.

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A heavy branch extending from near the top of the tree was causing the profile of the tree to extend too far and so this had to be removed completely.

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For us this really is an exciting time of year!!!