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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Juniperus Procumbens Nana Part 1

This little juniper was in my local nursery, not far from my house. I have seen it for a while now and was considering picking it up. A few weeks ago I met the owner of the nursery and he gave me a discount of the already reduced price of 8 euro i think ( I strike a hard bargain 🙂 ). So i decided to pick it up as I read that they make nice bonsai. Anyway the past few weeks I have been looking at it during watering not knowing what to do with it. 083   The reason i liked it and had been watching it in the nursery for so long, was for the little twisting of the trunks. But each time i gazed at this tree from different angles, i was lost as what to do. So today I decided i was going to grab the bull by the horns and just get wiring. I am usually quite conservative when it comes to making decisions with my trees. But I feel just getting stuck in, while taking the health of the tree into consideration is the only way to go. Its the only way I will learn. So I decided to have a look and see where to go. Here is a look from one angle 085 A look with out the pot 087 And another 088   First bit of wire to go on the tree. 092     And a closer look 093 And a second helping of wire to help with the bending.   094   Continuing with the natural bend of the trunk. 095   Another angle 097   While bending the tree I heard the dreaded ‘crack’. It turned out not to be too bad. On further investigation my dear Watson it looks as if my lack of wire on the first run may have been the reason for my crack. Maybe if I had continued with the wire it may have protected the branch where the crack happened. 100

So out with my trusty wound sealer. Hopefully will do the trick.

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A few different Views.

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So this is the tree now, with the pot cut down to size and a lighter for height comparison. I think I will look at wiring the other trunk into semi cascade and some of the smaller branches over the next few days. I didn’t remove much foliage, but will be looking at that the next day as well.

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After

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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.

 

 

Little Juniper Silhouette

The first time in I don’t know how long the sun actually came out to say hello. Not a bad sight I may add. This little juniper made a nice silhouette in the kitchen window.

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New Growth

So over the past two or three weeks i have noticed my little trees push out a lot of new foliage. I dont know is this due to the crazy weather we are having along with all the watering but has really increased compared to a few weeks ago.

This Cypress has pushed out very dense foliage pads over the past two weeks alone. And I though this cypress was dying only a few months ago. This has really surprised me and come on leaps and bounds. What do do with it now is the next question, i was thinking of literati as the foliage is all based at the top of the tree.

Here is what it looked like last year.

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And here is what it looks like at the moment.

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A bit naked down low but all the other branches where long and had no inner buds. And with these trees gaining a miracle from the Vatican if they bud back i decided to remove them.

A look at the foliage up close.

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With a bit of wire and bending the trunk a bit may make this bushy cypress not a bad literati.

Also pushing lovely new growth…..

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My little Himalayan Ceder with little back buds.

 

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And my Sageretia Theezan which was resued from Aldi. Pushing nice healthy growth.

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And the Juniper which was heavily pruned this summer. What to do with this is another question as i am decideding to let it grow this season and recover from the heavy trimming.

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And to finish off, my little Hinoki. This was also pinched at the start of the summer to allow light to penetrate the inner branches to maintain vigor. After a bit of advice i think i will also leave this one grow for the rest of the season untouched.

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