With a little bit of help from my friends
Our bonsai club organised it’s first all day workshops this year and I attended one earlier this month and took along a couple of trees to work on. The advice from the two club ‘elders’ Ade and Roger was really worthwhile. Some of the work was what I always thought needed doing, all I needed was the encouragement to take what seemed like very drastic steps and how to do it properly, other work was the result of someone seeing my trees with a fresh eye and pointing out a new direction I might consider taking with a tree.
Link to Ade’s notes on the workshop April 2016 workshop
Inspired by Robert Nocher’s recent posting on his site I have tackled an air layering of a Cottoneaster Franchetii that happens to be in our garden, not the smaller leaved cottoneaster I know but it is here to hand.The photo where I have cut back the bark shows that the task is not quite complete as I still had to continue to get the gap in the cambium layer clear down to the wood layer beneath all the way round. Let’s hope it works and I can do a posting later of a successful project.