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Thursday, 19 October 2017

Bonsai Thursday with Dave and Boxie.

A very interesting day exploring the rot in a Spruce that belongs to Boxie. It was decided to do an emergency repot as the rot was in the bottom of the trunk before it had gone to far.

The only way to remove the tree from the original pot without causing more damage was with a hammer.

The new pot prepared ready for the tree with a good drainage layer and some charcoal, to keep the compost sweet.

Some rot in the base was removed and the good wood that was left was treated with sealant to stop further rot.

Cleaning the root ball before potting.

The inside of the trunk was also treated .

In the new pot it will go back into the shade house to recover.

It will need a lot more work, but that will be left untill the tree shows good signs of growth.

At least now we know what is happening in amongst the roots.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Back on the benches.

After a wonderful day with Bjorn on Monday, I have recovered enough to do a little more work on one of the juniper's today.

How it looked after the workshop.

Now after I did some work on the Shari that Bjorn suggested it has eliminated most of the inverted taper on the trunk. When the lime sulpher dries it will look a lot better.

My other juniper, back on display.

They can now have a good rest.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

My workshop with Bjorn.

I cannot say in words how much I enjoyed my workshop with Bjorn and the final images of my two trees that were done on the day.

My main tree of the day, an Itoigawa juniper.

The image when done,much more compact.

The second tree, also an Itoigawa juniper.

Still a lot of work to do, but well on the way to becoming a very nice tree.

Pleased with the results, thanks Bjorn.
My thanks also to everyone involved in making the day so special.

Sunday, 15 October 2017


Six more pots that I bought from Elsebeth Bruun Ludvigsen at Europa.

Close up photos.

I love the finish on these pots.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Pots, one or two more.

Some more photos of my pot collection.

I think I need some more.

Filling up fast.

I really must curb myself from buying pots as my cabinet is fast filling up.

To some people it looks full, but I could still squeeze a few more in.

Thursday, 12 October 2017


I had some bad news this morning about the workshop with Bjorn this coming Saturday. Due to circumstances beyond our control the workshop cannot now take place, but has been rearranged for Monday, so I will have to cancel my Natter night so I can still go.
Sorry for anyone thinking of coming on Monday 16th Oct.

My tree for the workshop.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Back to reallity.

A lovely day today, with wind and rain and flood warnings all over the county, this is Cumbria.

This photo, just taken, not only shows the rain but also the Autumn colours on my trees.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Natter night 9th October 2017.

Back to a bit of normality tonight after a good weekend at Bonsai Europa.

Andy P brought this Itoigawa juniper for a little maintainance.

After a bit of wiring and a clip it looks much better.

Susan G brought this Cryptomera that she will be taking up to the workshop with Bjorn on Saterday.

Ken M brought this small Cotoneaster to be put in a new pot after it fell off the bench and broke the other one.

Brian T continued wiring his juniper, again in preparation for the Bjorn workshop.

Looking forward to seeing the finished image.

Yet another busy night.

Going potty.

Quite a long time ago I picked up a virus that I just cannot get rid of, or maybe don't want to, and that is collecting pots.

I need more room.

Stone Monkey pot.

Ian Baillie pot.

Walsall Studio Caramics.

Tony Remington.

Roman Husman.

Daniel Butler.

Japanese pots, bought off Shampoo.

A very nice Eimei pot.

More Japanese pots, bought off Michael Ryan Bell.

A nice Chinese pot.

A few from Elsebeth Bruun Ludvigsen.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

A new friend.

While at Bonsai Europa one of the new friends I made was this guy.

Michael Ryan Bell from the USA.

A real nice guy and an authority on pot makers.

Bonsai Europa 2017.

This was an amazing show in a lot of ways, the quality of trees has improved again and the trade stands even better.

The over view of the show.

Pots for sale everywhere.

Boxie's tree on display

Phil's display.

Rita Cooper, finishing touches to the show winning display.

Phil being serious.

Magnificent white pine.

Junipers on rock.

I did my best to support all the potters.

Close up photos tomorrow.