Thursday 28 November 2013

Even more Autumn colour

My Chinese Elm was looking foxy today so here are some pictures of the tree in its autumn glory.

Monday 25 November 2013

More Autumn colour

You've seen this Cotoneaster before...many times, but the leaves are showing lovely autumn colour so I thought I'd share with you.                    

Oh........ and the root stand it sits on is for sale...£145 plus postage

Friday 8 November 2013

Autumn colour on my Boston Ivy

It's a good job I took these pictures today as the leaves were dropping off the tree as I took it into the house.
Another windy day and I think they'd have disappeared !

I took some picture of this tree earlier in the year on a smaller root stand and now I've seen it on this bigger stand I think the newer combo works much better for scale......I would wouldn't I...I'm trying to flog the bloody things.....

Without further ado

Aaaaah Bisto.......

Sunday 29 September 2013

British Shohin Association display at Don Valley BTA event

Just a few pictures taken today of the British Shohin Association display put on by John Armitage.

White pine

Oriental Bittersweet

Itoigawa Juniper

Sunday 22 September 2013

Snapshot of my Cotoneaster

I was tarting up my Cotoneaster yesterday and took the opportunity to take a quick snapshot on my mobile phone.
Apologies for the crap picture.
Berry nice !

This bonsai is not a tanuki or wraparound, the deadwood is the original trunk and roots.

Friday 20 September 2013

New root stand available...oooh Nelly...

I've just received pictures of a new root stand (ne taku) that I'm pleased to be able to offer for sale.
Unfortunately there aren't many of these stands available and they have also been offered for sale to the Japanese Bonsai market

This new root stand is 250mm high x 200mm diameter (sizes are approximate)

Please ask for a price

I've also added another size of cascade table to the "Items for sale" page

These stands are now available at size

110mm x 110mm x 300mm high (sizes are approximate)

Saturday 7 September 2013

Greenwood Bonsai Bash

In my last post I had showed you some pictures of the display I had planned for our club display at Greenwood Bonsai Studio.

Here are some pictures of the trees our club displayed at the "Bonsai Bash".
If you're in the UK and don't have anything to do get yourself over to the Bash tomorrow you'll have a great day.

Ezo Spruce on rock
Itoigawa Juniper
Cotoneaster & Chinese Elm
English Yew & Chinese Elm
Japanese Maple & Heather
Satsuki Azalea & Larch
Satsuki Azaalea
Mountain Maple
English Yew
Berries on Cotoneaster
Itoigawa Juniper
Ezo Spruce on rock

Sunday 1 September 2013

Getting ready for an upcoming display

Corin Tomlinson at Greenwwod Bonsai Studio, has kindly offered my local club the chance to display some of our bonsai at the upcoming Bonsai Bash on September 7th & 8th.
Today I was busy cleaning and mossing two trees ready for displaying.
I took a few pictures to check that the display would work, and I'm quite happy with the results.

The 3 point display of Cotoneaster, cork bark Chinese Elm and accent.
Ideally the cascade stand could do with being taller and the ne taku under the Elm feels too small but I think everyone suffers from not having enough display stands.
Cotoneaster from garden plant.
I bought this plant from one of our annual club auctions for £5 around 8 years ago.
The tree still has a long way to go but the fruits add a nice autumnal feel to the display.
Cork bark Chinese Elm
Trunk & moss detail on the Cotoneaster

Monday 27 May 2013

Playing with my new camera and more stands added to the "items for sale" page.

My Potentilla looked particularly vibrant today so I thought I'd have a play with my new camera.........and failed miserably.
I'm off to give the missus a telling off for not, (somehow knowing yesterday that I would suddenly decide to take some photographs), ironing the black cloth that I found by chance and used as a backdrop for my piccies.
Also all of the pictures I took of the Potentilla, apart from 1 overhead shot, washed out the yellow of the fllowers.......back to the drawing board......or possibly read the instruction book......after I've printed if off the CD that it's on......why do they do that to you ? it's a conspiracy.

However apart from the yellow flowers not looking great I got some decent pictures of my Boston Ivy & Persimmon, a couple of accents and some recent additions to the pot collection.
Have you guessed that this is all subliminal advertising to get you to buy the stands that everything is displayed on in these pictures...........must buy a Bespoke Bonsai stand.......must buy a Bespoke Bonsai stand.

I've also noticed that the majority of my shohin flow from right to left........bugger, bugger, bugger.......need to buy more trees

As usual please don't ask what the accent plants are......whilst I enjoy looking at each of them as they strut their particular funky stuff at the relevant time of year, their names do not enrich my life at all.

Potentilla on root stand on Maple ji ita (both items for sale) showing "washed out" flowers.
I love the glaze on this Erin pot.
Sincere apologies about the crease's in the backdrop, I did see them and thought they just might magically disappear in the photographs.
Overhead view of the lovely yellow flowers.
Accent planting, also showing edge detail of the maple ji ita board.
Boston Ivy in an Ozzy Osbourne pot.....titter ye not
Persimmon in a "groovy" Koyo pot displayed on burr Elm root stand (ne taku).....can you feel it ?
Boston Ivy on burr Elm ne taku.
Accent plant in a Mr Pitt pot.
Koyo pot, awesome glaze.

Koyo pot, awesome you begin to get the picture
I am a creature of habit.....
Trees right to left,
Koyo pot's,
Lamb shish kebabs