Workshop with Ian & Phil


A good day was enjoyed by all who attended the workshop taday in Newtownards. The venue, Ian’s garage, was freezin’

as usual but there was plenty of heat generated between banter and work.

I brought a yew along that has been kicking around for quite a few years but has never really been systematically worked on so toady was its day.

I am pleased with the results although it is very obvious the tree has a long way to go before it will become anything, if ever!

Below are before and after shots of my Yew.

Some other shots taken on the day

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Corkbark Black Pine Fall Work

Nebari Bonsai

In the fall of 2014, I did some aggressive styling on this Corkbark Black Pine, ‘Kyokko Yatsabusa’. It tolerated the work, but I did lose a few branches, and the 2015 growing season was a bit disappointing. I repotted it in 2016, which meant the 2016 growing season wasn’t going to be too strong either.

This fall, I decided to take a very conservative approach, by removing old needles, downward-facing needles, and a minimal amount of wiring to move branches roughly into position, rather than detail wore out every shoot.

Here is where it started and ended fall work:

I will continue to not expect much from it, and allow it to slowly fill in over time.

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