Monday, 25 June 2012

Azalea Kozan 8 year progression

Here are a few pictures of the progression of one of my favourite bonsai.

I picked this Azalea Kozan up at Dai Ichi bonsai in 2004 it had been imported from Japan that year.

This is the tree as imported
In our club display at the BTA Don Valley show in September 2007.
Re-potted into a beige chinese unglazed pot...what was I thinking
On the water butt early 2008
On display at the Newstead 3 bonsai exhibition in 2008
And here we are in June 2012, these are the 2nd flush of blooms.

Peter Warren is here this week so I'll be asking him to tidy the ramification and check if a re-pot is required.
It may even be due for a Warren bashing, Peter recommends a heavy prune back into the branching every few years to re-generate internal budding.
The current goal is to increase the height of the crown and maintain the rest of the silhouette as much as is possible, whilst maintaining the health of the tree.
The current pot is a nicely ageing Yama aki oval...which needs a good clean...

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Still raining

It's still raining in Derbyshire, so I pulled a few trees into the conservatory today to do some tidying up.

Here are a few pictures of what I consider to be a couple of reasonably priced trees which I feel are coming on nicely....never be award winning trees but nice to look at all the same

Satsuki Azalea, not sure of the cultivar.
This was £45 ish from Ken Leaver at Windybank around 3 years ago.

I've done a little wiring to open out the branches and general pruning.
This pic is my chosen front, I thought the roots looked stronger.
The pot is a Japanese production line number, I thought the two looked good together when I first re-planted, not 100% sure now.
This is the back of the tree.
Overhead view, I'd cleared quite a few of the spent blooms away before deciding to take any pictures, this tree flowers abundantly every year.
Taxus Baccata (English Yew)
Picked this one up for £5 around 4 years ago.

Chopped the top off... (as you do)... and used the movement at the bottom of the trunk along with the bottom branch to start it off towards a slanting tree that will add drama and movement within a shohin display.
Left a little ten've got to have a few ten jins about your collection.
It's really started to fill out this year.....may be something to do with all that food on the top of the soil !
The pot is an Oz pot, a bonsai buddy (Paul Patten) who took to the kiln and is turning out some little beauties.

Sunday, 3 June 2012


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Set of 3 Sycamore ji ita boards for shohin and accents

155mm x 125mm x 7mm
125mm x 110mm x 7mm
100mm x 82mm x 7mm 

REF: BBS 03/06/12

PRICE  £45 (does not include postage)

This is a new finish I've been working on for the ji ita boards, I'm very happy with how it's turned out.

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