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Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Another Bonsai Night.

I have had another Bonsai night when John R and Tony W came over for some help and advice. Tony was first with a bare rooted Hawthorn that had just been collected, he thought he had not got enough root with it, but I have seen Hawthorn with a lot less survive quite well.

It was potted into a fairly deep pot with some good compost and will be kept out of any frost that we may still get.

Then John arrived with a Crab Apple that he had air layered about a year ago, which he thought had failed and died.

As you can see, in the photo above, the bottom of the trunk was very straight and John wanted to layer the three branches that were left. But after I suggested layering about two inches below the first branch, so it had a thicker base to start with , he liked the idea better.
So that is what we did.

Before removing the section that was originally layered I scraped a little bark, which was still green and so was still alive. we cut the plastic and found quite a lot of roots on the bottom. This was then placed into a small pot with a lot of sphagnum moss added then watered in. On closer examination the buds near where it was removed were starting to swell, fingers crossed it will be ok.

I thought I had retired last year, but it seems to be turning into a full time { unpaid } job.
I wouldn't have it any other way.

Natter night 19th March 2018.

A cold night again, so not much to be done with trees, but I did a little clean up on this Hawthorn.

Weeds removed and pot cleaned.

Andy P brought five Maples to start a group planting, he intends to buy more trees to add to it in the near future.

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Guess what ?

The weather has turned once more, so the trees have been put back into the green house, having been outside for less than a week.

I have put them back in to protect the new buds from the very cold wind.

In the greenhouse it is about 8 degrees C, but with the wind it feels more like - 8 C

Friday, 16 March 2018

First pot.

I had a visit from Tony W this morning who came to get a collected  [ I think a Podocarpus ]  potted up.

The first thing to do was to have a good look at the roots system and clean out any that were not needed.

Then it was potted into a training box at roughly the right angle.

You can already see potential.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Bonsai Thursday with Dave.

When Dave arrived today I had already started to repot this Cotoneaster into it's first ever Bonsai pot.

This tree had been in a sandstone trough for about 15- 20 years when Dave found it amd it was about three feet across.

This was after it's first basic styling.

Most of the original soil removed and the roots trimmed.

Now in a new pot. It looks like a nice image of a Bonsai.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Natter night 12th March 2018.

I spent a bit of time before anyone arrived to add some guy wires to my Dawn Redwood today, then did some fine wiring.
Taking shape.

Job done, looking really good.

Ken M brought two Cottoneaster's to be repotted.

Plenty of room now for the new roots.

This one needs a new pot as it did not like the cold weather.

A new one has been ordered.

Some good banter tonight, as always.

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Redwood repot.

I thought it was about time to repot my Dawn Redwood as the buds are swelling quite a lot and the compost was getting getting hard and compacted.

Some people will be thinking the compost looks ok and not ready to be changed, but at the start of winter I cleaned all the moss and weeds off then top dressed with fresh soil, so it did not become water logged.

The intended new pot by Ian Baillie.

A very good root ball.

Finished and watered in, then left in the sunshine to drain.