Spring 2012 Seasonal Photo Gallery–
Earlier this week five guys descended on my studio for three days of bonsai festivities. Here’s a photographic tour of some of the happenings… minus most of the black pine decandling, the wiring exercise, and the final removal of ponderosa foliage from a grafted tree. Hope you enjoy what we did manage to document-
Getting ready to decandle a black pine, concentrating on the needle count. Howard got his glasses fixed since he was last here.
Yes, we even covered proper watering technique…
Our nutty band at one of the local restaurants. A few students refuse to go anywhere but this quirky Mexican restaurant on the first day. This time we had three students from the USA and two from Canada. They all got along very well, thankfully. No deportations were necessary. In either direction.
Partial defoliation on a Japanese maple
We forgot to take a photo before cutting off the Rocky Mountain juniper foliage on this grafted tree (rats), so helpful hands put them back where they were originally.
Here’s the same tree with only two veneer grafts of a rather coarse shimpaku on it. It’s been three years since grafting. I thought the coarseness of the tree should be mirrored in the foliage, hence the weird choice of foliage. We shall see how it develops-
Cleaning shari on a juniper with a water blaster… sort of like a really powerful water pic for teeth.
Putting approach grafts on a juniper
Another favorite restaurant…
And a display exercise to finish up the session. Well, actually we saw a bonsai video after this with popcorn. There was quite a bit of red pepper in Howard’s popcorn I think, given his expressive reaction. No foul play, though, I think he put it in himself. Good times, thanks everyone for joining me!