Old Ones and New Ones


Wisteria on wall


I just didn’t think that I would be able to creep this big Wisteria bonsai into the garden without my Sue noticing and I was right.”Good Lord what’s that on the wall ? she asked as soon as she saw it, but bless her, she soon imagined what it would be like when covered with great cascades of flowers hanging down in the spring. I am a very lucky chap to have such an understanding  partner but I wouldn’t be surprise if she doesn’t want it outside her widow in the front to make a good display before her collection of Agapanthus come into bloom next summer.IMG_20160727_143020

You may notice that the front garden has big pots with big plants whilst the back is mainly little pots with little trees.

Another recent addition has been the Mulberry which Sue gave me as well as the Kashima Acer for our Golden Wedding Aniversary.When times where really hard as an artist I IMG_20160610_145801worked at a Mulberry Farm making Farmhouse Cheddar, so Mulberry has a meaning for us. A nice little tree which she got on the internet from All things Bonsai near Sheffield, thank you Sue it will be treasured.

I have been playing around with a Cottoneaster seedling trying to do a root over rock tree, our village is built on Blue Lias Stone so I have dug up many of these small pieces and it Cotononeaster root over Aug 16seemed the obvious thing to attempt.I kept it in a larger flower pot for some time with cling film holding the roots to the stone under the soil and then gradually lowering the soil level,I hope it works

 The anniversary Kashima Acer has been totally leaf pruned back in June and the twigs and branches refined to expose a bit more of the tree’s structure and after a nervous wait it has burst into full leaf with much smaller leaves and is looking great now.I should be too modest to mention that it came first in our tree of the month competition at the club but I am not. However it may well have been  due to holidays and a temporary change of venue that we did have one of our lowest attendances and the number of entrants was exceedingly low.Acer AUg 16

A few other trees have been tidied up or put on some good growth including the little Myrtle Aug 16Myrtle that I bought as garden centre stock  in May last year. The two Junipers, Cascade in the taller pot and the semi cascade are doing well,though I have just refined the foliage on the Cascade one a little more since this photo last week.Semi cascade Juniper Aug 16





cascade juniper august 16

Another new addition is a little Larch which I bought at the Love Bonsai Day that Dan Barton organised near Bristol I think it is quite a promising and look forward to seeing how it develops.Little larch AUg 16 


Watering twice a day with this windy drying weather and feeding every two weeks and all seem to be growing quite well . I just can’t wait to see what that Wisteria is going to look like though.
Patience must be a virtue of bonsai growers as well as Princes

About Michael Cooper

Bonsai enthusiast and artist. After recording the rural scene in watercolours for over thirty years and having my own studio gallery I am now semi retired. I still sell my prints though to customers worldwide via my website and through the Somerset Crafts Gallery, Avalon Marshes Centre,Westhay nr Glastonbury BA6 9TT. The rest of the time is spent looking after my bonsai trees, I like the exercise.
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