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A Forest Shorn

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It was time to give the ex Len Gilbert larch forest a bit of a trim ! Maybe no surprise that I forgot to take a before photo !! Len created this group with twenty-seven separate trees pretty much all of which were purchased from a highly reputable , local , bonsai nursery. When Mr…. Read more »

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Veteran oaks of Hatfield House

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The Proprietor and I recently visited Hatfield House in Hertfordshire to attend the annual pottery festival that is held in the grounds. We went in the company of some very good friends of ours from my forestry days. Chiltern Forestry, in the guise of Rik Pakenham, act as forestry consultants to the estate which meant… Read more »

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The past weekend’s tokonomas

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As is usually the case we put together a tokonoma display in the studio for the past three days of workshops with Mr. Peter Warren. As Peter did not arrive until the Friday morning just before the workshop start time, I assembled this display for the day. The main tree is a simple but nice… Read more »

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Feeling the heat

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The studio for yesterday’s regular monthly workshop here at Willowbog Bonsai eventually became too hot to bear for most of the eight participants. But we were able to begin the day in the usual way with a discussion about some of the trees that had been brought along. We dealt with three Western hemlocks in… Read more »

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Mid season maples

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I have spent part of the last couple of days doing some much needed work on the two Japanese mountain maples that are part of The Willowbog Collection trees. This nice mature clump style tree was first to be dealt with. Each tree had suffered significant leaf damage from a combination of frost and black-fly… Read more »

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Quiet day

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June’s Bonsai Chat was surprisingly quiet on Saturday. With it having been five weeks since the last ‘chat ‘ day I was expecting greater attendance. Never mind , everyone who did come seem to enjoy their day, I enjoyed it so much that I forgot to take any photos except for the tokonoma display !… Read more »

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The second away day

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Day two of our Scottish short break was spent at the pottery festival at Scone Palace and very enjoyable it was too. We added two or three new pieces to our ceramic collection. But all the pictures that I took were of some of the beautiful trees in the Palace arboretum. Most of the trees… Read more »

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Floribundus

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Floribundus, meaning in Latin ” flowering freely ” Well,  this just about qualifies for that description I think !   This must be just about the best flowering that this Common hawthorn, Crataegus monogyna, from the Willowbog Bonsai Collection, has had since coming into our possession. At its peak in terms of this period also.

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Tree roots over a temple

Root over Temple ???

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With reference to the image that I posted a few days back of Beech tree roots growing down over a wall in Cumbria, how about this photo that I spotted on Facebook this morning ? Makes my Cumbrian tree’s roots look a bit insignificant doesn’t it ? First root-over rock, then root-over wall , now… Read more »

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