Good intro lesson . Wish i had such a great teacher.
All of my cotoneasters are producing berries at the moment in great quantities. With this variety the flowers are fairly insignificant and the transition from the ball shaped pink flower to red fruit is almost imperceptible.
This is a smaller one of the same variety as the one above. This will become the main tree on my rock landscape later in the season.
Here is a nice studio shot of both together
Modest little trees that may pay dividends one day
When we had our club bonsai show at Willowbrook Garden Centre near Wellington I treated myself,well no, my wife Sue treated me to two little plants to work on . The first a Berberis thunbergii ‘Bagatelle’ or Japanese Barberry. Normally grows to about 3 feet or so and as I forgot to take a photo before I started work on it I have sketched over a photo to show roughly the foliage area and the level the roots were planted up to. Of the plants there this one had the best trunk potential hidden in it.
I reduced it all round, removed some very straight branches that crossed badly over others and then wary of the very fine little thorns wired it a bit to give it a slight swept movement and carefully repotted it, exposing about another half inch or more of trunk, in quite…
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