The light of winter

Shohin Bonsai Europe - Morten Albek

Finally we got a little period with frosts and a clear sky. The Tokonoma plays well at such a day, when the bright lights are filtered trough the trees in the garden.

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The trees benefit from the frost, killing bugs hiding under the bark or in the soil, and also helps the trees into winters dormancy. It has been so warm lately that some Potentillas i.e. began to show signs of growth and buds opening. Way too early.

As long they are not frozen and heated up by the morning sun, it will not damage the trees to receive some short frosty periods. I keep my bonsai away from the morning sun, because it may harm the needles when the cooled down leaves are heated up to sudden. Then inverse osmosis might happen, draining the leaves for sap, causing dried out leafs. Therefore it is essential to…

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Sabina Juniper

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Peter told me to pick something out to work on and I fancied a Juniper. With lots of great material to pick from both large and small, I opted for this Kifu sized one. I was left to figure out what options we had for the tree and if possible make it good from both sides. Most of Peter’s smaller (shohin) trees are good for either side, a great option for shohin display stands. Be nice to do the same with this one even at Kifu size. I gave the tree a preliminary clean up allowing me to study the trunk movement and branch structure a little more. Steve and I had a play around with it looking at a few possible angle changes both up and down. However what drew me to the tree in the first place was the angle it was at now. I gave my ideas…

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Tuesday’s Collecting Trip

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Managed to squeeze in a collecting trip with Phil and Stephen on Tuesday. We had planned to spread the collecting out over a few years on this site but the land owner moved the goal posts and we only had one day to get what we wanted! This meant lifting way more trees than we had planned for.

Phil and I set out early, Stephen was joining us after he finished work. A few swans followed us West, I thought birds flew south!!

Phil strides out into the site on the hunt for decent Larch.

First one of the day.

We were delighted that the trees could be lifted in few few minutes. They had rooted into the top layer of moss and no tap roots were going into the poor peat soil below. A quick circle with the spade and out they popped.

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Harold and Kumar go Tree Hunting…

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…. lol and we found some 🙂 Apologies for the movie reference, in an odd mood today.

Phil and I decided to check out a site that we thought might yield a few nice Larch and Spruce to collect. Phil had spotted it near one of his fishing spots up in the Sperrins area in Tyrone. Being vague here but you can understand this 😉 Anyway after a rather long and wet hike over 5 miles on rough ground, we found a small patch of trees that fit our needs.

We hadn’t planned to collect anything today. The whole point of the trip was to find the site and gain permission. The trees were commercially planted but no longer viable for harvest due to some very nice goats and sheep roaming the hills. 🙂 They have stripped the bark on many of the trees causing multiple trunks and shari.  The Spruce are to be…

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Collecting in the Hills

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Sunday saw us head to a few places where Pines have self seeded from forestry areas and have never been touched. The Pines are mostly Lodgepole Pine but the bark was really nice and some had pretty decent movement. Phil managed to find a nice Hawthorn too.

Here is a some of the action from the day and some nice views around the wind farm as well.

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