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Some New Pot Options for an Airlayered Hawthorn

Robert Nocher Shohin Bonsai

I have a small hawthorn, which was airlayered from the old roots 2 seasons ago. It has been in a training pot since it was separated and is now ready to be planted into its’ first ceramic shohin pot.

This is the tree,

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And here are the pots I am considering at the moment. The first is by Eimei at the Yozan kiln. It has an unusual greenish glaze colour that could work well with a hawthorn.

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the next one is a painted pot by Mizuno Shikao at the Tosui kiln. Both pots are about 7 inches (17cm) wide and will be suitable for further root development.

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The tree will be transplanted in a few weeks time, when the weather warms up. I may even have a few more options after my trip to the Noelander’s Trophy next weekend

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Swelling Buds

Scratch Bonsai

Signs of life around the garden the other morning.  I’ve started to walk round and inspect things a bit more often, expecting to see buds starting to swell on some plant/tree species.  I’m looking forward to some flowers within the next few weeks:

dsc_0499 European Hornbeam (Carpinus Betulus)

dsc_0500 Flowering Peach (Prunus Persica)

dsc_0501 Japanese Apricot (Prunus Mume)

dsc_0502 Damson Tree (Prunus Insititia)

dsc_0503 Japanese Maple (Acer Palmatum)

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Berberis First Wiring

Bonsai Eejit

This berberis was ready for it’s first wiring. I wanted to give it a first wiring last year but it budded out before I got near it.

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I wanted to make a few further decisions about trunk selection and get the basic branch structure going in the right direction. A very brittle tree to work with and covered in tiny thin thorns, painful. This was the result. Early days with this being it’s first sighting of wire but great potential going forward.

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For earlier posts on this tree see: Just acquired  and Berberis Clump Repot

Seen here in 2014

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