Having put up with me for fifty years this year my dear Wife Sue decided to mark the event by giving me a bonsai tree. Off I went then to the Swindon Bonsai Society Show on 28th Feb, very handy that as we were visiting my daughter’s new home near Marlborough that very week end, instructed to choose something myself that I would be pleased with.
Just as well I had suggested that week end for the visit.
And I was very pleased to find another member of our Club there, Jon who is a professional forester, to hold my hand whilst I spent Sue’s money. There on Lee Verhorevoort’s display
I found just what I was looking for a really nice little Acer, Kashima a dwarf , dense foliage variety but then in bare winter form of course.
When I got back to our daughter Jo’s new house later that afternoon with my precious purchase I think they may well have wondered what I was so thrilled about when they thought it was a bare twigish sort of thing..
Lee advised me to repot before it came into leaf and protect it as well for it had been in a tunnel, so it had nightly journeys into to the garage for some while during the colder weeks. All was well though as it burst into leaf of the most amazing colours for this photo 25th March, Sue was really quite impressed with it by now.
Proudly displayed on a low wall outside our kitchen window it then turned a golden green to be lovingly gazed at whilst washing up- this photo May 6th
It was soon looking like a very solid crash helmet of foliage and when seen at one of our Taunton and Somerset Bonsai Club workshops, club styling guru Adrian asked if we could leave it then but if he might use it in a talk on defoliation and refinement the following month. Then realising how much of the evening my be spent cutting the leaves off he asked if I could do that bit, before the programme started so to speak, to save time.
That done – Here starteth the lesson
The demonstration ended with Adrian telling me to finish it off myself the next day if I was going to learn anything. Thank you Adrian.
My thanks also to Bill Parr for the use of some of the excellent club night photos he took.
Almost there now for like an Ikebana artist I have course left a few little tweaks still to be done by a real master.
Both Sue and I were very pleased as well to hear Adrian say what a cracking good little tree it was.