First work on a Yamadori Yew ‘Pagoda’ style

Its always exciting when you tackle a piece of raw material for the first time, the element of discovery (and sometimes disappointment) seeing the image that you have in your head appear before your eyes is great.

This tree was collected over 4 years ago, this is a tall thin English Yew (Taxus Baccata), it has a shari that runs from top to base. Its never been re-potted out of this washing up bowl and it is now ready. The first work is not actually styling but formulating the branch structure and foliage locations. No wiring, no styling no branch positioning, the tree will be left to grow. All I will do over the next 12 months is clean the tree and tidy up the cuts.

 

 

 

Cascade Bonsai Cavalcade

I have more than my fair share of cascade and semi cascade bonsai, here is a selection of the smaller ones photographed today including Yew, Communis Juniper and Olive. They are all still in development (maybe the olive is finished) They are super trees to work but difficult to transport to shows, typically I have to make bespoke carriages for them to fit in the truck.

 

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Pot choice for this semi cascade Taxus

Pot A is what the tree is currently planted in, a few friends who have visited the garden and seen the tree consider a pot change what do you think?

Pot C and D are the same pot one side has the writing on.

Please comment.

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Han Kengai Yew second wiring and deadwood

I have been working this tree for 5 years, collected in 2011 its hard to imagine that this is the same tree. This is a photo when the tree was first potted up. the tree has been turned 180 degrees.

Take a look back at the tree in 2014

The tree has undergone two wiring, the second one today. Its been a process of building strength in the tree, developing branches and creating a dense foliage mass. I guess that it will be at least two more years before the tree is anywhere near showing. I have a lovely Gordon Duffet pot ready for the tree when it is potted next April/May.

 

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Tall Yew Development August 2016

I have been developing this tall Yew over the last 10 years (There is an old photo on my Home page) and it looks like its finally coming together as I would like. The long bottom right branch is taking ages to fill out, cutting back and pinching out needles to force new buds has been the plan for the last few years. I expect the tree to be show ready in three years, by which time I would have re-potted the tree prior to showing.

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