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Taishoen Part 2

5 Feb

I thought I had taken more pictures at the nursery, but realised I must of just been soaking up the enjoyment of our surroundings.
This maple was undergoing some major approach grafts.

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Plenty of superb larger trees of the highest quality.

This sign really says it all, the commitment to expand and share the hobby with the whole world.

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Thank you to Taiga for all his hospitality during the day and to my superb travelling companions Mark & Ritta and Stewart.

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Taishoen Part 1

3 Feb

This was a true highlight of our trip, not only meeting the talented and very welcoming Taiga, but being treated to a bright clear day to see the majestic Fuji-San

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The nursery is bigger than the average that I have visited in the past, the work room is comfortable and warm lit by large glass windows and doors. It was good to see Taiga working alongside the deshi even if his material was better than there’s.

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The nursery is well known for its shohin bonsai but it also has a good spread of sizes and species.

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That’s all for now, part 2 soon.

O and I brought a pot.

World Photo Competition at the Gafu-ten 2015

12 Jan

This was the first time the Gafu show opened up a separate competition for the rest of the world to enter

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All the entry’s were on one huge wall next to the main exhibits, with the blown up picture and name card. Three winners were selected.

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This was the awarded for the whole composition.

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This was my entry.

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This was all the other entry’s.

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Well done to all the entry’s for braving the scrutiny of the Japanese public, whenever I saw the wall it always had viewers. Thank you to the organisers for giving the whole world the chance to participate in the finest shohin show in the world.

Gafu-ten the preliminary part 0.5

8 Jan

Today saw the first day of the Gafu-ten, just the most amazing trees in a friendly atmosphere. Got to meet a few people I have only spoken with on email and seen trees only seen in books. As the show is still on till Sunday I won’t post trees till it’s finished. So just a few picks to wet your appetite.

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Plenty more to come.

Protection.

7 Sep

If I am to have a chance to use this tree in the show season to come I need to try to keep the berries on my ilex.

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Zelcova cutting.

4 Jun

This is the second part from the Zelcova chop see https://andysbonsai.wordpress.com/2013/12/21/zelcova-chop/
When I cut the top off I thought that would make a good clump shohin. So with nothing to loose I decided to take it as a huge cutting.

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All I needed to do was reduce the stump up to the branches, I then nibbled back exposing the cambium at an angle to maximise surface area to promote roots. Dusted with root hormone and wired it firmly into a pot with shohin grade akadama. Remember this was done in autumn, so it was popped away in my poly greenhouse for winter.

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We started to see leaves early spring but it could well be leafing out from stored energy at this point.

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Having kept a close eye on it and keeping it sheltered today it has extension growth.

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This is where you wish you could see in the pot, but it’s made enough root to stick out a toe from two drainage holes.

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So with no weeds in the pot they have to belong to the zelcova, only time will let us see if it we have an even root system or just one point. As it’s all growing then we have a good chance it’s rooted in more than one position. I won’t prune this year just let it grow free, the more top growth will mean stronger roots.

Update 2/3/15

So one year on as a cutting I knocked it out the training pot it had made good root. 



This one is going spend all it’s life in a small pot so excess cut and poped it into a Walsall pot. 



will make a nice clump style in a couple of years. 

Hawthorne flowering

9 May

With all these blog entry’s with hawthorns in flower I was feeling left out so here is one of mine. It’s a double red one which was an air layer 2 years ago. Far from a bonsai at the moment but a good splash of colour on the bench right now.

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