Wow, Fall came and went quickly while I was working client trees and now we are falling in Winter. That means we enter potting season. I had 12 trees re-potted last year so the work is a bit easier this winter. I have some Chinese Quince finally going dormant that needs to be done as well as some of the hardy Junipers. Pictures coming soon of the quince re-potting. In my living conditions some trees take a long time to go quiet but the leaves are now all golden and it will be a mater of days before I begin the work. Happy Re-potting season, Spring will be here before we know it and our lives will be elbow deep in Spring re-potting chores.
Preparing a trees for show, whether it is an “in-progress” tree or a formal display is gratifyingly tedious labor. It is, however, a labor of love. To day I cleaned a boxwood that I was originally going to make part of a formal display realizing that it was not where ready for the stage. It has been affected by our very warm winter and spring causing rapid growth. I should say over growth. So I went about cleaning up and pushing it back so that I can add some more wire to it for shaping. It gave me the opportunity to work on the big cuts that were make last year so I broke out the Dremel and went at those cuts attempting to carve more realist branch cuts. I have it ready for a re-potting now and have just hydrated it well so I can attempt that. In need…
View original post 206 more words
No, this isn’t Frankenstein, this is Ficus. The Royal Ficus, to be specific.
Today I checked on the greenhouse trees and saw good results. The Royal Ficus is pushing out lots of new growth, and one of the natalensis cuttings is pushing roots out of its styrofoam cup.
Here’s that picture:
If there is constant moisture on the floor of the setup, the roots will continue to grow. I could place it onto a pot of soil to let the roots run into that instead, but for now I’ll let them go.
As for the Royal Ficus, it pushed an aerial root long enough for me to work with. Here’s the root:
So I took a straw and cut it in half:
Cutting the straw in half is crucial because it helps you remove the straw after the root roots in the soil. Otherwise you’d have to carefully cut the…
View original post 82 more words
Preparations for the winter is still a theme here. Light hoarfrost these days, but the trees are still outside. Pictures at the bottom of the post. There are no signs of real winter around, so no worries about rushing bonsai in to the shelter as long as the rain stays away. Removing some mosses from the soil surface is still going on in small steps, as well as cleaning up leaves.
Another winter preparation is to make trees ready for exhibitions. Here are three shohin prepared for the EBA exhibition at Noelanders in February. Cleaned and details corrected.
First one is a Chinese Cork Bark Elm, that needs a clean-up at the trunk. The soft cork bark has a habbit of being overgrown by mosses during autumn, because the bark sucks up a lot of moisture. Leaving it on may make it air layer itself and cause the bark to…
View original post 154 more words
Last weekend Mark hosted a Munster Bonsai Club workshop with Ian Young and Phil Donnelly. I could only take part on the Saturday although the lads kept things rolling on Sunday.
More from Mark’s blog here;
Trees lined up for attention
Phil checking the roots of Ger’s JWP, a tree he purchased several years ago in Dublin
Initially the talk was of reducing the crown…
Then, the possibility of removing much more…
my larch clump, collected about a year previously
Dermot’s nice juniper
Mark had some homework done…
better view of Dermot’s juniper
great minds think alike… Piotr’s clump larch
Mark’s pine was already well developed
more options discussed
down to work
you missed a bit
larch after some jinning and pruning
I can’t believe you let him cut so much off !
my homework is some wiring to bring down the…
View original post 29 more words