Lanarkshire Bonsai Club Meeting 02/04/2017

Robert Nocher Shohin Bonsai

I stopped off today, at the monthly meeting of the Lanarkshire Bonsai Club, for a coffee and some bonsai chat. When I arrived Robert Porch was just finishing his pre-arranged talk.

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Here are some pics of the people and trees that were there today

Dougie Smith conducting a potting class

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Club member George working on his Deshojo maple

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Ian McMaster’s chuhin Chojubai

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Gordon’s shohin Chojubai

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Robert Porch’s Prunus Spinosa in flower

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2017 Spring Cleaning

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Today was the perfect day to clean up the garden, shed winter, and prepare trees for the sunny part of the day. Everything was moved, cleaned of weeds and debris, rotated and staged for placements. The weed base under the stands had to be sprayed with weed killer this week. I had a runaway accent plant that turns out to be super invasive. That was pulled last year and sprayed but it came back with a passion. Trees were all moved and the weed base was sprayed. I look forward to controlling that mess. That same weed likes to spread to the trees too, so those had to be taken out by the roots from the pots.

Once the area was sprayed, the trees were rearranged for summer light. Some trees can take the hot direct sun while others must be now sheltered. Trees like Sierra Junipers, Shimpaku, and similar…

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The Art of Bonsai

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Blossoming Plum Bonsai

I recently visited the Pacific Bonsai Museum, located in Federal Way, Washington. Saturday, April 8th will be the opening celebration of a new exhibit called “Natives.”

Below are a few photos I took of some of the fine specimens at the open-air museum, set in a natural forest setting.

Blossoming Pear Bonsai

Bougainvillea Bonsai

The Pacific Bonsai Museum is open Tuesdays – Sundays, 10AM – 4PM. It is closed Mondays. Admission by donation.

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Some recent projects

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If you’ve been following my social media exploits, you’ll recognize some of these trees. If not, why not? I’m twice as clever over on the Instabooks and the Face-a-gram, not to mention I’m a big Twit when I tweet.

Let’s introduce today’s cast of trees.

Green island ficus on the left, winged elm on the right

Ficus salicaria root cutting

Tiger bark ficus

And a ficus microcarpa (that looks like it’s being molested by Jose)

Where to begin? Let’s start with the tiger bark….It’s in an exceptionally shallow pot. The problem with that is it hasn’t grown in the two years I’ve had it (you can read about its beginnings in this post: Bonsai will be the death of me) after reading that you can see how little it’s developed. There were some branches that died back, and it put on new leaves and all, but not much…

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Shohin Scots Pine Repot

Scratch Bonsai

I apologise for my absence online but now that I’m back to work, it’s hard keeping up with the bonsai regularly.   Normally I’d be all over the trees at this time of year but this year has been different.  I’ve found that I don’t have the same level of interest in the trees at the minute and I’ve been unable to attend a lot of bonsai related events or occasions, which hasn’t helped.  Anyway I tell myself that I must continue to make records because one day I shall look back and I shall be glad of it.  In the mean time I’m doing my best to keep things ticking over at the very least.

A long overdue rootprune of this wee collected Scots Pine.  It’s been in this cut down plastic flower pot for a long time.

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Good evidence of mychorrizae.  I had no hesitations about reducing the…

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Shohin Deshojo Maple in Spring

Robert Nocher Shohin Bonsai

I love the new Spring growth on Deshojo Maples. This little shohin that I’ve been working on for 4 years is looking particularly nice at the moment

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When I re-pot it next year, I may change the front slightly to highlight the widest part of the nebari

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This is how it looked when I acquired it 4 years ago.

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