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While the Winter of 2016 rarely saw the freezing temperatures normally experienced in the UK, the cool weather continued into Spring and as a result, most trees didn't come into leaf until late April, 6 weeks later than in 2015. However, the late start resulted in an explosion of growth through May and June! One very noticeable effect of the late start was the leaf-size of most of my bonsai; with the first flush of growth occurring at much higher light levels than in 2015, the leaf-size was naturally much smaller.
Late March 2016: The central section of a Crab Apple bonsai I was commissioned to work on in late March 2016. For more images and details of this project, please see Crab Apple Bonsai Carving and Styling
Late March 2016: I was completely blown away by this birthday present in late March, a Skull pot by potter Ken To!
Late March 2016: A tiny Hokido Elm bonsai, belonging to Alex Mai Bonsai, being prepared for a new pot in late March.
Late March 2016: Detail of the hand-painted Tani Ranzan pot Alex and I repotted the Hokido Elm into, bear in mind that the pot was only approx 4cm wide!
Late March 2016: 6 cm tall Hokido Elm bonsai planted into the painted Tani Ranzan pot with student Alex Mai Bonsai. This has to be the best mame I could remember working on.
Late March 2016: 6 cm tall Hokido Elm bonsai in a painted Tani Ranzan pot with hand for scale
Late March 2016: A cold March evening was spent preparing this massive Pinus sylvestris/ Scots Pine yamadori for a workshop held by bonsai master Taiga Urushibata at the Spirit of Shohin Show in early April.
Late March 2016: The fully prepped Scots Pine ready for styling.