Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Bonsai: as Autumn turns to Winter

Cotoneaster horizontalis, bonsai with fantastic colour:

... and Larix decidua after needle fall:

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Autumn Bonsai

A couple of Autumn shots from October

 Acer campestre

Larix decidua

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Eary Autumn Bonsai 2012

 Carpinus betulus, developing a nice canopy after 5 years in training.

Cotoneaster horizontalis, denser foliage this year, but some serious die-back to the upper right of the trunk has ment some carving and a probable future restyling is needed.

Ligustrum ovalifolium, remarkably quick development; from a collected stump in just three years ... this may have a mature looking canopy in another 3-5 years.

Monday, 26 March 2012

Hollow Field Maple bonsai in spring

This Acer campestre had guy-lines added last month, to bring some of the branches into better positions, and is just coming into leaf. The canopy has to become much more ramified and rounded to look natural.

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Ligustrum Bonsai video

This tree was collected as a stump just over two years ago, from a derelict garden that was due to be cleared. The hedge from which it came was probably more than 100 years old. To have moved a collected tree into a small pot, and to have developed and styled the primary and secondary branch structure, in just two years is very unusual in bonsai, but Privet, like most of the Oleacea, is very vigorous and hardy.

There is one disproportionately large root that needs further carving, but this has not been done yet for the health of the tree.

This is the new preferred front of the tree...
 ...and the same tree in February 2010, which provoked this satirical reaction from a friend!

An update on this tree has just been posted here.