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Studio Stories – The Ilex, the Juniper and the Pseudolarix…..

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 – The Ilex, the Juniper and the Pseudolarix…..

This year has been one of our busiest in terms of clients leaving their bonsai with us to undertake whatever work was required. Recently one of our clients left with us the three trees mentioned above for repotting and associated pruning.

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The Ilex was relatively straightforward…..the pot had broken so we were to put this into the pot currently occupied by the Juniper and find a new pot for the Juniper. After the repotting the Ilex was pruned and the foliage clouds reshaped.

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After the Juniper had been repotted it required extensive thinning out and some branch pruning.

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The Pseudolarix forest was in it’s original imported pot and was really struggling. Drainage was poor so the compost was too wet and there was insufficient space for the roots to develop. Some of the roots were already affected by rot.

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The original arrangement of the forest was poor and typical of the standard of this type of import. The trees were repotted into a more appropriate pot and compost. The forest was totally rearranged to create depth and movement.

The trees were then extensively pruned in line with their position in the group and also in line with the overall silhouette of the whole forest.

I think our client was pleased with the outcome…….it’s almost like he has three new trees in his collection……..