Friday, 23 December 2011

Hornbeam bonsai in winter


This is my Carpinus betulus, building ramification will be my continuing objective now that the primary, secondary, and tertiary branches are in place. I will resist wirring it again for at least five years, but judicious pruning and defoliation in early summer will bring it along year by year

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Naturalistic oak bonsai with guy wires



In spring I will have to re-apply all these guy wires, as this Quercus cerris needs repotting, I will do so at a new angle (right)... as with all my trees, many years development will be needed for them to look like mature trees; I may have some good looking bonsai by 2020!

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Larch bonsai improving


Though I had a vision for this tree from the start, I have on occasion despaired of it ever looking good, but now the branch ramification and tapper are improving I feel more confident, given four or five more years it should look pretty good. The layered roots are staring to mature, still not sure this pot is suitable, but it'll have to do for now!

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Autumn Cotoneaster Bonsai



Cotoneaster horizontalis, three years after collecting, Autumn colour arrives late for this tree.

Monday, 14 November 2011

European Hornbeam Bonsai


This Carpinus betulus is coming on OK, apologies for the lazy photograph (still very busy with work, family, and house). Alot more growth is neede on the left hand side to balance the image, and that wil mean cutting back the right hand side hard for a season or two, still I am happy with the progress since I first got the tree four years ago (see this post), it has been a great learning curve since then.

Field maple in Winter


There has been quite alot of progress in just two years, see a post from November 2009 here, though there is still a very long way to go!
I may bring the upright branch on the right hand side down with a guy wire, and next year I will defoliate in May to increase the rate of ramification.

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Naturalistic Oak Bonsai


Now in Winter I can see the progress a years vigorous growth has made to my Quercus cerris. The guy wires will come off for repotting in Spring at this new angle and then go back on until next Winter. Next year I will comission a suitable pot for it (if finances allow).

Some may not like the rangey branches on this tree, but this is really how old oak trees often grow. This is not suposed to look like an idealised tree, but a real tree.

It is partially inspired by this magnificent Sweet Chestnut at Tortworth, one can imagine from this what the bonsai will look like with much more branch ramification. It will take many years of horticulture for this bonsai to reach a mature image.


Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Virtual for my hornbeam bonsai

I found this photoshop virtual of my Carpinus betulus from May 2010, I will post up to date progress on this tree in the next couple of days. I am excited about seeing how the ramification has increaced when it looses its leaves this autumn.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Cotoneaster bonsai in fruit

This sweet little tree, just over 30cm tall including the beautiful pot by Peter Krebs, makes me very happy in every season, and each year it progresses well towards maturity. In Winter, fine ramification, in spring tiny lime green leaves fringed with red, in early summer tiny pink flowers, in late summer bright red fruit against glossy deep green leaves, and in late autumn, deepest purple leaves persisting right up until the hardest frosts.

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Virtual re-positioning of my privet bonsai


This is a Photoshop mockup of the possition I will repot my privet in next spring, hopefuly I can get it to sit lower in the pot too.

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Privet one step on



This comon privet (Ligustrum vulgaris) was collected in February 2010. Alreay it is into a much smaller pot, however the planting angle is wrong, next year I will rotate the tree to a better position in its pot (see the second image).
This tree grows very vigorously and I expect progress will be very fast (at least in bonsai terms, only five years or so to achieve a mature image).

Quercus begining to look good


Just over a year on from being reduced from a 2 metre nursery grown tree, this Turkey Oak (Quercus cerris) is starting to look convincing... plenty of work to be done yet though (and a decent pot to be chosen).

Trees in full leaf

Common Hornbeam (Carpinus betulis) and Field Maple (Acer campestre) with a full flush of new growth.





Monday, 28 March 2011

Field maple re-potted

My work on the nebari (surface root spread) of this tree has really paid off... with a couple more years branch develeopment this should become a very satisfying image... I really love this tree.

Returning with spring

What with buying our new home, building cabinets, curating exhibitions, and the imminent arrival of our first child, I've not had much time for walking, bonsai, or photography of late!

However, spring does not wait and so I have found some time to repot and "edit" some trees.

LinkMy strumpy little Cotoneaster horizontalis looks fantastic in its new pot by Peter Krebs, the flower buds have just formed, so it'll be covered in little pink dots soon!


I always love the lime green shaving brushes of Larches in March.