In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “From Every Angle.”
Some summer shots of my Chinese elm bonsai tree. One from above showing the extent of the canopy, a shot from the side focussing on the textured trunk, and my favourite, looking up from below with a clear sky behind.
I was fortunate enough to have the chance to style a Japanese Larch at the recent NIBS Greenmount Display event. It was presented to the club for demonstration purposes and so I had a go in front of the half a dozen people who made it out on such a wet afternoon. The material itself was approx. 4ft tall and had been grown in a large flower pot probably for 4-5years at least. The tree though must be a lot older though due to the mature cones present? Very straight, tall and slender with no lower branches at all below 2-3ft. There was only one real option – cascade!
I may use this tree to experiment with grafting in future as I’d like to thicken up the lower trunk a lot.
Just received a notification that the blog is one year old today! It’s been useful in a number of ways:
1) Its been great to receive advice from other enthusiasts regarding styling bonsai, pests, disease etc…
2) I’ve appreciated reblogging very informative posts by more experienced artists and use these as a reference tool for maintaining/improving my bonsai material.
3) I’ve used it to look back and compare my material at different stages and also to know when exactly I wired/defoliated/repotted a tree. This informs my future plans for the material.
I haven’t posted as much as I’d like during term time but when I’m not working it’s been very enjoyable finding a bit of daily time to work on bonsai (when possible). Thanks to everyone for reading/commenting/liking/reblogging. It’s great to be a part of this small online community!