Progress Reports

Tree progress reports  Oct 2019

Juniper Project from Feb 2017 to Oct 2019

I know it’s ages since I added any news of my trees, for the last year or so though I was bogged down with health issues as they say  and much of my get up and go had just got up and gone.


However everything seems a lot better now and it is time to show the progress of some of my trees that seem to have altered  most in the relatively recent years.

The Juniper project started in 2017 was now beginning to  show some promise much of the improvement thanks to the assistance of 
 Adrian Taylor fellow member of the Taunton and Somerset Bonsai Club, cheers Ade

Blue Atlas Cedars.

My sons gave me Kaizen vouchers for Christmas 2016 and having been thwarted on the website by one speedy purchaser I later spotted a couple of little Blue Atlas Cedar starters.
These it seems are quite rare as I had not seen them on any site before and none since as a modest starter item. So I bought two of the three listed and noticed that the remaining one went very soon after. 

Jan 2017

Still only pretty small but I think one can imagine what they might look like one day





 Oct 2019

Japanese White Pine

Had this tree since 1988 when it must have been about 20 years old then . Sadly during the years of having a business to run and a young family my trees were sorely neglected and it is only in recent years that trees are getting the attention they deserve.




Feb 2014

                   Oct 2019


One of two Hornbeams I have, the other I think is the Korean variety, this one was purchased at our Club Auction in 2016 for £1.50 and is now beginning to pay dividends.









I bought about half a dozen bare rooted Japanese Larch in 2016 from Ireland on the internet and they bunged in a couple of extra little runt ones for free, so as I think I had 8 for £9.34 I really can’t complain

Whilst they spent some time in flower pots I made a couple of concrete rock slabs and they have provided a place for two of them, though this year they have put on such a lot of root growth they are climbing out and need something with more depth I think

Turkey Oak

The last of these October Progress reports is for  a tree  given to me by Simon the Avalon Marshes Nature Reserves manager in Jan 2017 and it took a little time out find out what it was, certainly not what I was given it as, a Mediterranean Oak.
About this time the big Turkey Oak that stood in the centre of our little bit of village green had to be felled due to disease and it’s proximity to the main road so I like to think that I am maintaining the continuity of the variety only just over a hundred yards away albeit ever so slightly smaller.






          Jan 2017                                   Turkey Oak Leaf                                 Sept 2019



The end of the Ashcott Oak 

These notes are mainly for my own record, to compare each tree’s progress and see if there are any improvement that make themselves more obvious as they do sometimes in a photo when one looks at a tree in a different way perhaps.
If anyone else finds this of interest you are very welcome, it’s good to share the brotherhood of bonsai.


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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