At last Fat Buds and flowers on a Prunus Spinosa

The last few weeks with the biting cold wind and sub zero temperatures have made this one of the worst springs I have experienced in my garden. This has resulted in the deciduous trees being over six weeks later than last year. BUT what this means is that the display of flowers is fantastic. Here you can see how FAT the flower buds were just a few weeks before they burst open. One the buds began to show I brought the Prunus Spinosa into my glass house; this kept me from losing any. The tree is now in FULL BLOOM and is a riot of white!

Blackthorn buds Blackthorn flowers

Disguising large cuts on a Prunus Spinosa Video

Whilst on my European Tour this year I stayed for a few days with Enrico Savini and the
Progetto Futuro Bonsai School in Bologna, Italy. It was great fun working with the guys in the sunshine and doing some preparatory work on the yamadori trees that was selling at the EBA event in Ljubljana  here is a Prunus Spinosa that I worked. The trunk split into two about 20cm from the base, one trunk having wonderful movement and the other none whatsoever! After removing the offending trunk I set about creating a deadwood area as natural appearing as possible. Prunus Spinosa are becoming very popular with Bonsai artists throughout Europe as they are easy to work, display beautiful small white flowers in Spring and create good branch ramification quickly.

The tree is now in the ownership of Hungarian artist Sándor Papp who I am confident will create an amazing literati Bonsai from this tree.

Photo courtesy of Sándor Papp

Cascade Prunus Spinosa with Barbed Wire Stand

While I wait for a root stand of quality to present itself, I have decided to create something unusual. I have displayed the tree before on the wooded stand but felt it lacked something. A brainstorming session with Andy from Stone Monkey Ceramics and referring to the unusual tables shown on this blog and here you have the outcome. The twisted barbed wire was ‘found’ on the banks of the Thames near the Olympic Canoe sprit venue.  No cutting needed it just fits!

I will be showing the tree at the Bonsai in Wales event at the end of August.