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.


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.


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

Seen here in 2014

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Another Larch and a Potentilla Re-wired Today

Robert Nocher Shohin Bonsai

This Larch, collected in 2012,  was styled and put into its current pot in March 2014. Unfortunately I never took a before picture of this one when I acquired it but the collected material needed very little effort to get it to look like it does now. It will be re-potted this year as soon as the weather will allow.

This is how it looked without wire at the start of the day


And this is how it looks at the moment


It has quite a nice nebari that is hidden by the soil at the moment. That will be sorted when it is re-potted into this Walsall Ceramics oval, in the next few weeks


This next one, a potentilla fruticosa, was dug from a friends garden about 2-3 years ago

This is how it looked shortly after I acquired it.


And this is how it looks at the moment with the…

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