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 – Two Big Trees ….One to One!
A recent one to one with Andrew turned out to be a “heavy” session in every sense of the word!
First up was a large yamadorii Larch originally collected from the Alps. The tree had been styled by us before Andrew acquired the tree. It was now ready for a repot into it’s first ceramic container and a general pruning/tidying up.
The second tree was a Juniper Parsonii. The tree had grown well but had lost it’s shape and was now ready for a restyling.
The movement in the trunk was much better from one possible front and this would also enable the low branch to be utilised as a second trunk. Branches were removed and those that remained were cleaned out ready for wiring.
The wired and styled tree is much more compact and the two trunks work together. This arrangement gives the tree his character and individuality. The foliage can now be refined in the growing seasons to come. Eventually the shari’s in the trunks will be widened, extended and incorporate the existing deadwood to make a really impressive base.
Hopefully a suitable repot might make the next session a little bit lighter!