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Monday, 27 August 2012

Natter Night 27th August

Could have been the bank holiday or the weather that stopped people coming tonight but two braved it.

Mike R and this young fella on the left,I am not allowed to call him old John any more
He did bring two trees with him, the first a nice little Pomegranit with loads of flower buds on.



It will be nice to see when the buds open.

Next a Southern Beech.



This is it after clipping and a bit of wire was added.

I have also been at my False Cypress again, cleaning out old dead growth from the inside and doing a bit of refining work.

Starting to look good, at least I am happy with it.

A good night again despite the weather!







Sunday, 26 August 2012

Sunday mornings.

What else are Sunday mornings for but having a look round the garden,you never know what you will see.

My mini Hosta flowering again.

An Erica which was collected from my garden earlier this year is also in flower.

Quince, bought from a local supermarket for less than £3-00 is growing very well.

No room left in the pot, so this accent has decided to expand over the side.

Lastly I thought my little mate budda was growing a beard,but when I looked closely it was just cobwebs. 








Thursday, 23 August 2012

Between showers.

I nipped out into the garden today in between the showers and took this photo of my Trident Maple and Squamata Juniper,it shows how much they have improved this year so far despite the weather.


This is the Trident earlier this year, you can see how small the canopy seems to be.


The Trident canopy has filled out and got much larger than it used to be,I am pleased about this as before I always thought it looked a bit on the small side compared to the trunk,but now looks more balanced.


Even the Juniper has filled out very nicely.
You do not realise how much your trees are growing until you look back at old photos.Thats one thing I love about computers all my pictures are in one place so it makes them easy to find.


Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Red Kites in slow motion.


Found this video on you tube by the slow mo guys.
Absolutely fantastic shots of a brilliant bird. 


I just had to share it with you.

Monday, 20 August 2012

Natter night 20th August

Quite a busy night with six visitors, four regulars and two from Barrow in Furness, Matt and his dad Alan who brought a grafted White Pine for some advice on how to best disguise the straight part of the trunk.Some people had told him to cut the tree down to the lower branches, some said notch it and bend, but here in Carlisle the consensus was to reshape the branches and create a Shari to give the impression of movement and hide the straightness with foliage.


I also think by changing the planting angle more to the right could help,this would also help with the inverted trunk.

Ken M brought his Juniper forest for a clip out, by this time there was only the two of us left so with him at one side and me at the other we set about it.


Before we started.


After clipping much more open.
I have also been playing about creating another accent planting.


A piece of Black Grass in a Stone Monkey pot,the hole thing is about four inches high and looks very effective.
Another good night comes to an end all to soon.




Sunday, 19 August 2012

More Willowbog trees.

Here are two more trees from the Willowbog collection.


A very nice Field Maple.


A big Spruce in need of quite a bit of work, but still very nice.
Both big but beautiful trees.

I could be in for a busy night tomorrow if Tony W gets his Cotoneaster wired ready for styling, also I am getting visitors from the south of the county who want some advice on a grafted White Pine.
I will post some photos in my regular natter night report if they turn up.


Saturday, 18 August 2012

Willowbog novice workshop August.

With three students today and three tutors plus Mike R they had better than a one to one workshop and I think they all enjoyed the day.

David being assisted by Terry and mike.



Above are two of David's trees,the top one a nice Shohin Juniper, the next a very good Cotoneaster.

Here we have Barry being helped by Mr Snart to do some pruning on three Maples.

And finally I gave Peter G a hand with his Squamata Juniper.




This is before we started


This is after, much more open but a fair way to go yet.


I do not know what Terry said but he certainly got Peter G standing to attention.





Wednesday, 15 August 2012

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I just noticed tonight my post on natter night this week I had put the date as July 13 instead of August, I have changed it now, must be an age thing! Either nobody noticed or were being kind, but I have owned up anyway.


Just like my good budda I will keep on smiling.

Monday, 13 August 2012

Natter night August 13th

It was  a little bit better turn out tonight with Five people turning up with two trees to be worked on.
The first one an old Cotoneaster which featured in an earlier post.


This tree has had a very good year so far as you can see from the photo. It has been totally de-wired and grown quite a lot, now we can see what is growing we selected one of the trunks to be used as a Jin and also some branches. I gave it a clip out and set Tony W the owner, the task of wiring it up for it's next styling next Monday night. so if he gets it done I will post more photos then.


The next tree is an Oak brought by Ken M, this tree has a long way to go before it will be in show condition but as they say,from little acorns you get great Oaks.


A general view of the garden while the sun is still shining.


My Boulevard has been getting some more work done as well today,although it does not show,I have been cleaning out all the dead growth from the inside of the canopy. A slow but very essential part of growing Conifers such as this.


I have also cleaned away all the weeds ready for mossing up.I am hoping to take it down to the Bonsai traders show at Sheffield next month,so if you want to see it up close come along and look me up,then you can tell me what you think.I love to get other peoples opinions on my trees.


Finally tonight after a very good night a view of the sunset from the garden.
The forecaster's got it wrong again,as they said we would have rain for most of the evening. 




Friday, 10 August 2012

Our local park.

Yesterday I spent seven hours clipping conifers and raking up all the remnants, as a result this morning I was as stiff as a plank so I had a walk round our local park.Seven thirty in the morning, on a beautiful day and I really enjoyed it.


It does not get much better than this.


Just one of the magnificent trees, Weeping Willow.


I do not know what the carver had in mind when he carved this trunk but I know what it reminds me of!!

Now some of the wildlife.






This guy seems to be saying " I just love my photo taken"


Well I walked the stiffness out of my legs but my shoulders still ache.I think I am getting to old for hard work.
Before anyone says it,I know I am to old!









Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Bonsai Art of Japan episode 28

The latest video from Bjorvala Bonsai.


Another great video.

Monday, 6 August 2012

Natter night 6th August

Another very quiet night with only Mike R and his son Simon turning up.Could be due to the Olympics or the really bad weather we are having at the moment,could even be people on holiday, { poor sods }
Never mind I did manage to do some fine wiring on my Hawthorn that has needed doing for a while now.


After this we just sat and watched the Olympics on the television in the studio.

I even managed to get a photo of young Simon R looking quite sensible for a change.


Notice the strange resemblance to Shrek? 


Sunday, 5 August 2012

More Willowbog Trees.

Just a few more snaps of Willowbog trees in Mr Greedy s collection.


Two Larch trees


The Spruce forest 


An overview


Mrs Snart is making a very good job of looking after these trees!!