Archive | February, 2015

A thorn in my side

24 Feb

This small rose is a new one for me, having a dislike of garden roses with all the thorns and black spot and just as the flowers come out it rains and ruins the flowers. I have always thought it would be good to have a small one ever since 20years ago when I saw one of Ruth Stafford Jones. I even had a cutting from hers that I have had all that time and still looks much as it did then and has ever only had one tiny but beautiful creamy white double flower.
This one I have no idea on flower colour, but that’s the fun to wait and see. I know it has flowered well due to all the hips. So with the buds starting to move it was time to trim it, I guess this is not going to be a high maintenance plant to keep. Time will tell if this will be a thorn in my side or a joy to keep.
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Will keep you updated.

Updated 15/7/15

   
 
First flower bud spotted. 

   
 

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My Noelanders shohin exhibit 2015

19 Feb

This is my account of displaying shohin at the Noelanders show. It all started at the 2013 exhibition. Having been interested in shohin since a trip to Japan in 2011 which had fired me up to do more shohin, the whole display concept and verity in pots had a challenge that appealed. During the show I decided having seen the superb displays from Mark & Ritta I wanted to enter the next show, which for shohin is every two years. Easier said than done, but I had the trees but not all the stands needed. Thank you to John Brocklehurst bespoke stands for making the jitta for me. Pots posed another problem and having purchased a great Bigei pot for my Sekka only to find it was too small I was back to the beginning again. Eventually I found a pot while in Japan 1st gen Yamaaki. So with two weeks to go it was time to start getting trees into the right pots.

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Having robbed half the neighbourhood of its moss it was the final touch to get the trees mossed up.

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My receiving tree was giving me problems I had entered two trees to keep my option open, the #1 tree was a bittersweet when I left for Japan it still had its fruits shut. I closed down the poly green houses while I was away and they decided to pop open and with a lack of circulation then got mould on them. Reserve tree then it would have to be.

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After a mock up on my new outdoor display stand (more on that later) I was happy with how it was going.

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I had seen while in Japan how the nurserys had packaged up the trees to get to and from the shows so I devised my own version with creates which Andrew Barber of the bonsai shed kindly gave me.

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Bamboo skewers were then put round them to stop them moving, and another create over the top for protection. Everything ready for the big day, and at 5:30am it was an early start down to Ashford to meet Chrissie and the others I was travelling with. Hop on the ferry and on to the new venue the Limberghal hall. On arriving it was time for a last pot polish and unpack.

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Having checked in it was time to get in the line for the photographer. Once our turn came it was time to put it all together under the watchful eye of Willie the most patient man around.

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With my bit done it was down to willie and his team to get the picture they were happy with, this took at least 20mins as a shadow kept being cast on the background after much moving of lights and screens he was finally happy with his shot. I must just say this was my shot if you want to see his perfect shot then get the book when it come out.

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Seeing them lit like that was very rewarding and if that was it I would have been happy. It was now time to dismantle and get it over to the exhibition area and set it all up again in the vast hall. By this time some were starting to flag which was understandable as it was now around 8:30pm and hungry tummies were rumbling.

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At last it was all set up and ready for the morning.

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One happy but released bunny.

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A closer look at the individual trees.

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A huge thank you to Stewart, Carolyn and Chrissie for all the help.

Better start planning for two years time.

Noelanders 2015 demo trees part 2

17 Feb

This is a second and longer blog page for the demos as I have kindly been given some pictures by Bryan at http://welshbonsaitrees.wordpress.com/
All pictures are courtesy of Bryan.

This was Ryan’s yew he was tasked with it had a very straight lower trunk that will always be a problem in the future without some attention at a later date.

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After a couple of hours and a bit of a mishap with a loud crack a bonsai image emerged.

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Salvatori had a simple design choice on his collected scots pine.

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A pleasing image was created with the help of the owner, think he would have been happy I would have been.

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Seok Ju Kim was given a larger job it had an obvious design in it but would take some big bending to achieve it.

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Having built a frame of heavy anchoring bars all manner of gadgets were used to compact it.

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In time I would like to see it compacted further but a powerful tree emerged.

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Below are some general shots and some pictures of the Saturday demos. My fav of those was the sabina that Salvatori created.

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Thank you again Bryan for sending me your pictures.
More on the show to come.

Noelanders 2015 demo trees

15 Feb

You will have to wait till I get back to see more pictures and reports, but for now have a look at the demo trees.

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Tō-ji

12 Feb

On our way back to the JR station we had time for a wander around Tō-ji complex. Please see the link for details on the complex.
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tō-ji

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Just as we were leaving the fire engines started coming in, I think for an excersise rather than a fire.

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Just time to catch a quick coffee before getting the train back to the airport
for the long journey home.

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As the sun went down it was the end of a fantastic trip.

A huge thank you to Mark & Ritta for some super days together and Stewart my travelling buddy for great company.

If Stewart lets me I may have a few more pictures to share😉

Kouju-en part 3

11 Feb

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This is the work room and where work for the website takes place, everyone was bust prepping trees ready for the next big show Kokafu.

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The room next door has pots and stands new and old.

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That’s all from the nurserys, but starting now our own show season kicks off with Noelanders.

Kouju-en part 2

9 Feb

More trees, you can never see too many trees.

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It’s always good to see the boss working.

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Now that’s dead wood.

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Part 3 soon.