Earlier this year in January I went quite mad and bought seven bare rooted Larches from a nursery in Northern Ireland for the princely sum of £9.49, my wild extravagance also extended to two Yews and a Blackthorn, the total cost being about twenty three pounds including postage and packing.
The Yews and the Blackthorn are now in large pots to let them grow on, though I think my Sue has her eye on one of the Yews as a patio pot tree. The Larches were also potted up and left for a while though I did have in mind just what I intended to do with at least two of them.
This month they were looking like this (Photo below right)and then I went to our club meeting where we had a demonstration of group planting by Chris Thomas the Bonsai Wizard from Wales and I came home inspired to get going on my own trees.
I know I know, I should have waited until further into the winter when they had lost their foliage but I can refine things a lot more then anyway.
It’s just that a month now after my recent eye operation I am beginning to focus again and I really wanted to get on with doing something so here we are then . Two views of the mother and son pair of Larches. I know with groups the larger tree should be to the front but I really like the shape of the smaller one to the front what do you think?
Smaller to the front Larger to the Front
I know they need refining a lot more but that will have to wait till I have better three dimensional vision which does make it easier to see which twig is which, having snipped a few wrong ones these last few weeks.
But for £2.70 I don’t think they are too bad and the drawing I did back in January is coming to life now. The snag is of course that a pot to do them justice will cost a bit more that that unless I get the sand box out and make another of my concrete slabs.
And if you think they look like a very immature version of two Larches in Dan Barton’s Book of Bonsai well one has to get ones ideas somewhere.