One of my favorite species for bonsai is Ezo Spruce…
Although we don’t have the wonderful collected Ezo that the Japanese have, sometimes one can find cutting-grown Ezo that are often perfect for forests or formal uprights. It has a very small needle and ramifies rapidly. There are also a number of really eye-catching North American spruces that one can collect, like Engelmann, Colorado, Sitka, and Black. They are a little coarser in feeling, but all exhibit a similar ease of cultivation in a pot that Ezo has and some are legitimately stronger growers.
Spruce is one of the conifers that can backbud all the way back onto trunks, even into barked up areas. (This is called epicormic growth, for all you plant nerdies.) Certainly backbudding that deep into the tree really changes what you can do with it.
This formal upright Ezo spruce has been a Seasonal student project…
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An Elegant Tern (Elegante Sterretjie) was spotted in the tern roost at Gearing’s Point in Hermanus yesterday.
An Elegant Tern. Image by Brian E Small, published on Audubon website.
Trevor Hardaker, calling it a “mega alert”, announced the sighting by Ian Luyt in his South African Rare Bird News report this morning. He said the bird was photographed.
The bird was still present this morning, as confirmed by Keir Lynch, providing the GPS position as 34 25 20.12517 S 19 14 29.64721 E.
“It is the same site where a bird, possibly the same individual, was hanging around earlier this year”, Hardaker wrote in his report.
Some pictures of our last workshop of the year with ian and phil.
Some nice material,this larch group from ray.
Piotr hiding behind his larch group.two nice groups at the start of their bonsai journey.
Nice itoigawa juniper.dermot is new to the club and he brought along this tree…great start.
Teacher and pupil.
Gers white pine,another new member.
Much better,sorry about the pic.
Chop chop chop.
My scots pine after a bit of shaping.one big branch was jinned.
Pots for sale.
Nice root over rock trident maple for sale.
My trees up next.this is my potentilla after its first styling.
Scots pine rewiring and a bit of shaping.
Another scots pine shaping.
Last of my four trees reworked.this is a chinese juniper.thanks again to ian and phil for a great weekend.