Another blooming azalea

The subject of this post originally came off this azalea that I posted about earlier in the year.


When the one shrub was dug up two years ago, the rootball came apart into two pieces.  The bigger part is being trained into a semi cascade/cascade tree (See link above) and the subject of this post will hopefully make something similar.

It’s struggled a the last two years with vey little new growth on it but I’ve persevered with it in this oversized pot and now it’s finally bloomed.  I love the peachy pink flowers – the cascade half of this tree should produce the same colours when it decides to finally flower too.


front view of pot


From above


Front view of plant.


I haven’t done anything with the tree yet except prune junctions to two shoots and remove dead stubs.  It could make reasonable semi-cascade material if I can get some movement in the straight middle section and get some back budding with new growth along it too.  For now I’ll keep feeding it and try some wiring later in the year.

More Trees from the Bench

Following on from the last post, here are more trees/material from the display bench in the garden.


A tall Japanese Larch bought as raw material four years ago and continuing to develop foliage pads.  In a bonsai pot for the first time earlier this year and recovering from substantial root reduction.  Wiring still on thicker branches – no evidence of biting into the bark despite being on for nearly a year is proof that the repotting took its toll on the health of the tree this year.  There has been extension growth though so I’m not too worried.  It’ll be protected over the winter.


The Fuji Cherry as detailed in an earlier post here.


    This large Blue Atlas Cedar was repotted into this shallow mica training pot earlier this year and after dropping nearly all of its needles has recovered with a new flush and a little extension growth.  I plan to continue to leave it alone, protecting it over the winter, until hopefully signs of vigour return and it could be styled next year.


A pink flowering shohin azaelea that was recently pruned.  This is my favourite at the minute. Needs a bit of wiring and more foliage developed.  I’d like to put it into a shallower pot of a different colour next year.  Any suggestions?


This azaelea (or dwarf rhoddodendron?) was dug up this year from the garden.  I cut this from the rootball of a much larger shrub.  I thought it made a nice image in a shallow pot.  Will start work on it next year.



Satsuki Azaelea Pruning



This is  a shohin Satsuki Azaelea that I bought three years ago from a reputable bonsai professional who was doing a series of workshops with the NIBS.   The above photo was taken in May this year when it produced its usual intense pink flowers.  The next photo was taken the other day and I’ve finally got round to doing a bit of necessary work on it.  I’ve never styled it in the three years I’ve had it and initially just wanted it to grow a bit so left it untouched.  Last year I did a bit of pruning after it flowered and now was the time to repeat this  so that new shoots have a chance to hopefully harden off before the first frosts later in the year.



I first of all used tweezers to remove the moss and uncover the nebari and found that the surface roots on the back of the tree were more appealing than the front.



This has presented me with a bit of a choice when it comes to wiring it later in the year.  Do I stick  with the current front (first branch flowing right) or go for the opposite side (first branch would be flowing left)? There’s a number of considerations to make but today I just pruned all junctions down to two branches and tried to leave plenty of foliage to give me buds for a decent bloom next year.  I plan to wait and see what new growth is pushed before the end of the growing season and then style/wire once that’s hardened off.