Chinese Elm summer shots

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.

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Bonsai World 2015

I’m on holiday at the minute with family who live in Crawley.  I’m looking forward to this today! Hoping for plenty of photos and a nice wee souvenir that’ll fit in my hand luggage on the way home 🙂


A Larch Styled from Scratch

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!


NIce root buttress


Aging bark – another plus point.


Perhaps some adjustments needed – I don’t like the horsehoe but that’s as much as I could bend it on the day.


This angle better shows movement put into the trunk and the use of foreshortening to reduce the length.

I may use this tree to experiment with grafting in future as I’d like to thicken up the lower trunk a lot.

One Year On…

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!