Hosta la vista Baby

The dwarf Hosta’s are showing well right now in my garden. I have over 25 different varieties all in pots by Dan Barton, Gordon Duffett, Bryan Albright the best Potters in the UK bar none.

Alpine Larch first flush of new growth

I have had this lovely larch for just over 18 months and it has been developing well and styled last year, potted in a ‘primitive’ Bryan Albright pot the movement and ruggedness of the tree displays well. I like the quality of the bark, movement of the trunk, scale and size of the tree (Chuhin) and particularly at this time of year the emergence or the fresh green shoots.

Larch front 1500

The view from above the tree

The view from above the tree

larch bark

The lovely rugged bark

Larch deadwood

Still some work to be done on the deadwood

 

Styling a European Larch Bonsai Video

I received this tree from Matija Triglav my Slovenian friend a mountain dweller! Matija had the tree for a year and I kept it a further year before repotting and styling.

Some may say the trunk is ugly and had too many thin and fat parts. This larch has endured the worst of weather and environments; I am sure it has been hit by the odd avalanche and crushed under many meters of snow.

The bulbous growth is a result of callusing and ‘recallusing’ caused as the tree was under constant attack from the elements.

I wanted to create a compact tree that reflected that struggle for survival, so the canopy cradled in the bosom of the trunk.

I look forward to the canopy developing and the ramification improving, I prefer Larch as a winter image so the styling must be perfect.

Bonsai Potter showcase #9 Bryan Albright Video

Bryan is one of the most established artists of the Bonsai potter circuit his pots are famous worldwide and are used by many of the best bonsai artists to enhance their work.

I met Bryan at the first Ginkgo Award in Belgium way back in 1997 and I have many of my exhibition trees in his pots. Bryan has the uncanny ability to create ultra simple understated pots that bring out the best in ones trees.

A bonsai artist in his own right Bryan and is the winner of the Noelanders Trophy VI, his understanding of matching the correct pot to the tree is an asset to any artist.

In this video Bryan talks about how he creates is iconic Nanban pots, and the influences old Japanese pottery has on his work.

The majority of Bryan’s work is by commission he does hold stock and it is available from his extensive website.