June Meeting MBC

So on the 23rd of June which is also Bonfire night in Cork, we had the June meeting of the Munster Bonsai Club. A small gathering but a gathering none the less. And peter back from his honeymoon, Congratulations.

Heres the substitute room ready for the night.

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Now with a few of the lads after arriving.

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It didn’t take long before we moved the operation outside.

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Piotr looking fine and relaxed, again 🙂

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Peter tipping away.

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And now some of the trees we worked on during the meeting.

Piotr’s Trident Maple

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Peter’s Black Pine

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Mark getting the lighting just right 🙂

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Mark’s Beech grouping. Still deciding which is the front. Option 1

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And Option 2. I like this one.

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My little juniper got a Jin.

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Mark’s Silver Birch, which he grew from seed.

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And Piotr’s Little Pine. looking lovely

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So it was decided that we would meet during the summer to keep our club alive 🙂 We will be meeting next on the 14th of July.

 

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Pinus Mugo Update

So i bought this Dwarf Pinus Mugo from a local nursery in 2013. I had my eye on this nursery for a while as they usually have good stock. There was a lovely Scots Pine there but a bit on the expensive side, so decided to pick up this mountain pine as it was nice and cheap.

I know Pinus Mugo have a bit of a bad reputation as bonsai but I have read they are quite easy to train and style. That said i also have heard that certain cultivars are touchy and can react badly to training. So all that in mind i still think its worth a go. Here are a few pics i took today (summer 2013) in the Irish sunshine, something which is quite rare.

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Used this bottle as an indicator to the true size of this Pine.

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A few different angles004

Another angle003

And another

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One in the sun033

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A few different views for possible styling028

Decisions decisions ;)

So at the Munster Bonsai Club workshop January 2014 I got a chance to get started with styling with this tree, just ran out of time to finish the wiring but thanks to Ian I got a good head start.

Heres a before shot

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And heres the after shot

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So now we are in June 2014 and i decided to remove the wire as it was biting in, and re apply some nice new wire.

Here is the tree with the wire removed

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Before wire

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And after wire

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A little pad

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And fully wired

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Bonsai Art of Japan Episode 41

An episode dedicated to watering bonsai. Probably the most important part of keeping your bonsai. It was a topic that I found the hardest to grasp when starting out but an absolutely vital one.

Munster Bonsai Club May Meeting

So that time of the month has rolled around again and we were not lucky enough to have acquired a room in our usual location. In the end we ended up having the meeting in my house. Which is only two mins from the original destination, which makes it easier as everyone more or less knew where to go and we saved a few bob (money) in the process. Anyway it turned out to be just four of us, and it was still quite a busy night. We had plenty to talk about and had a bit of time to get our hands dirty. Thanks to my little Hinoki. Everyone had a tree to work on, and some got a nice few haircuts.

I was gutted that i missed the workshop last month, and felt the effect of not having a regular meeting regarding bonsai. It really does give you a jolt and a buzz about the trees that may just be sitting there not getting any attention in our busy schedule. The last two months for me felt as if there was no bonsai club, but it really does show you how lucky we are to have it. Just a space to talk bonsai, and nothing else for 2 or 3 hours. You feel on cloud bonsai afterwards. I felt like going straight out afterwards and dig up that juniper down the road. I had to restrain my self. Believe me. It really is brilliant that we have this club. Especially when i see Ray drive over two hours to get to the meeting, Fair play to him. I have it easy, but most the lads have to travel.

When i think back over the course of the past few years and having no club, especially when i am so new to bonsai it makes a huge difference to have a club. It can really drive you on. Anyway rant over, I am going to show some of the photos i took the other night of the meeting. Which i must say i find hard to get time to take as all Im interested in is talking and looking at trees.

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Ray and piotr getting settled in.

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Where to start?

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My Hinoki and its future pot, thanks Phil 🙂

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Out of its pot and ready to get a trim down below.

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Look at the new pot

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Piotr getting stuck in

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Getting raked

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Well that was unexpected

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Back in the room in its original pot halved.

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Ghostly Ray and Peter

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My tree stage one complete.

Plum Blossoms in Kyoto, Japan

Another great video by discover Nippon. Some beautiful trees and amazing shots of Kyoto. I have seen a few shots of Kyoto in the Bonsai Art of Japan series and must say it looks amazing. I always wanted to visit Japan especially when i was involved with modified cars. But my emphasis has changed from Japanese cars to Japanese culture, heritage and especially the art of bonsai. I am intrigued by it all. Mind you travelling around Osaka in an R34 GTR would still tickle my fancy 🙂

Anyway enjoy yet another great video from Discover Nippon.

March Club Meeting

Yet another month has passed, and another bonsai club meeting. We met in the usual place as we always do and had small enough numbers with 5. But all in all it didnt matter there was plenty of chat and craic about everything Bonsai.

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We then had a talk about everyones trees individually against are great backdrop. Will have to get a proper one for the next meeting and some decent lighting. I hear blue is the colour to go with 🙂

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Juniper X Pfitzeriana Progression

So this is a little juniper i picked up about three years ago in 2011. It was one of the first trees i bought with the intention of turning it into a bonsai. Probably not the greatest of material to start with, but said i better use it and learn on it while it is still alive. Anyway it has stayed alive over the past two years and was growing quite strongly. Here is a photo of it last year.

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I had a look at this tree the other day and decided i better do something with it as i was quite sick of looking at the horizontal broom it had become. So I took it inside last week and began wiring it. I must say it filled the house with an amazing aroma, although i don’t think the missus was to happy. Here’s a photo of it at the meeting the other night March 2013`.

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Will keep a close eye on it now as to when the wire will cut in, and may decide to give it a repot at the next club meeting.

Big Squamata Juniper

Well the juniper which was in my wifes parents house has been finally taken out of the ground. I had originally taken photos of where the tree was originally planted but cant seem to find them at the moment. What i do have are photos of the tree planted in its nice new soil.

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Making new Drain holes

 

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Need to wire tree in place

 

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Tree in Pot Wired down from different angles

 

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A closer look

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Nice natural sharis everywhere

 

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Natural little Jin

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So thats my juniper, that will hopefully make quite a nice bunjin at some stage in the future. The plan is to allow it to survive hopefully in its new environment. I will leave it for a year or two and then look at some options then.

 

 

Pinus Mugo Progression

So Yesterday i bought this Dwarf Pinus Mugo from a local nursery. I had my eye on this nursery for a while as they usually have good stock. There was a lovely Scots Pine there but a bit on the expensive side, so decided to pick up this mountain pine as it was nice and cheap.

I know Pinus Mugo have a bit of a bad reputation as bonsai but I have read they are quite easy to train and style. That said i also have heard that certain cultivars are touchy and can react badly to training. So all that in mind i still think its worth a go. Here are a few pics i took today in the Irish sunshine, something which is quite rare.

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Used this bottle as an indicator to the true size of this Pine.

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A few different angles004

Another angle003

And another

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One in the sun033

Trunk with moss024

A few different views for possible styling028

Decisions decisions ;)

So at the Munster Bonsai Club workshop January 2014 I got a chance to get started with styling with this tree, just ran out of time to finish the wiring but thanks to Ian I got a good head start.

Heres a before shot

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And heres the after shot

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Hinoki Cypress Progression

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This is my Chamaecyparis Obtusa Nana Gracilis. I acquired it just over a 2 years now in 2012 from a small garden center in the middle of no where, it was just sitting in the corner minding its own business until i came along. The garden center owner was more than happy to sell it cheap, I think I paid 6 or 8 euro in the end for it.

I have not attempted to style it in anyway, only keep it alive and healthy. When I first got it I reduced the size of the pot it came in by cutting the top down and removing a small amount of top soil. On doing so I revealed the second trunk and a nice enough small natural shari. I reduced it further this year to get to the base of the trunk.

I just pinched the new growth to allow sunlight to penetrate to the inner branches, as I have heard a Hinoki will never back bud on old wood. I was hoping to maybe begin to style it this summer and repot it next summer as I don’t know how long it has over stayed its visit in the pot it is in. Anyway here is some photos I have been meaning to up load a while since starting the Blog.

I really like this shot from underneath

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Some growth I am trying to protect and encourage

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From above

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Just need to decide now where to start with styling. Plenty of thought and research before hand ;)

At the Munster Bonsai Club workshop, i had the oppurtunity for Ian and Phil from NIBS to have a look at this and see what they thought.

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After some discussion it was decided to remove the lower branch and begin to wire it.

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It was decided the whole tree needed to be wired in the end, with help from Ian it finally got done, Here me grooming my balded tree 🙂

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The before image

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The after image, Finally 🙂

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So that’s where the tree stand at the moment, Just need to keep it going strong now.