Archive | January, 2015

Kouka-en part 2

31 Jan

This was a nursery that has been top of my list to visit for some time, and it did not disappoint.

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This juniper I first saw in Peter Warrens blog last year, and in the flesh it did not disappoint.

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This large Hinoki Sekka that Owen styled a while back was good to meet as I have some of the cuttings he struck from what was removed in the styling.

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Chatting with Bjorn about this prunus he said it was struggling due to its age so 4 years ago it was grafted with new foliage and the old all removed. This means everything other than the main trunk is only 4 years old. The tree now grows like a teenager again.

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Where as this maple is on a slow decline to the end of its life, it’s already lost a major branch half way up.

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Watering in winter is relatively alien to us in the UK other than trees in sheltered position, but in Japan after lunch trees were checked and most were watered we saw this at Taishoen as well.

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That’s all for now part 3 soon.

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The 85th Meifu-ten 2015 part 3

29 Jan

This is the final part of bonsai from the 85th Meifu-ten 2015

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That’s all from the Meifu, I would like to thank John for his company and to my travelling companions Mark & Ritta as well as Stewart.
Next up Kouka-en.

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O and I brought a pot.

The 85th Meifu-ten 2015 part 2

27 Jan

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At this point I would like to thank John Milton for guiding us through the exhibits pointing out why things had been done and history on some trees.

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john on the left and Mark Cooper.
Part 3 soon.

The 85th Meifu-ten 2015 part 1

25 Jan

The Meifu-ten is not one many enthusiasts in the west know about, but it is a large show and as its the 85th show been around a long time. Located in Nagoya in a huge what feels like an aircraft hanger it was light but a little chilly (trees were happy). The pictures are not superb all taken with phone but you get the idea.

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This tokanoma is what greets you as you walk in, the pine was collected many years ago.

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Part 2 soon.

Gafu-ten 2015 part 3

24 Jan

This is the final part to the Gafu-ten.

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That’s it, next will be the Meifu show in Nagoya.m
O and I brought a pot.

Gafu-ten 2015 part 2

22 Jan

Here is the second part of the trees from the show.

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Part 3 soon.

Gafu-ten 2015 part 1

20 Jan

With our 10day trip fast becoming a distant memory, it’s only now I can find the time and the wifi to do some posts. Having enjoyed the trees on the first day without a camera in my hand, I left it to our second day to do some pictures. Having spent far to long in the sales area chatting with various dealers and friends I finally got to the trees only to find we had misjudged the closing time by an hour, so it was all a bit rushed.

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Part 2 coming soon.