Bonsai Winter Images 2015/16

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This article contains a selection of updates and images I've posted on Social Media (Google+ and Facebook) over the Winter of 2015/16; from December 21st 2015 to March 21st 2016.

While Autumn 2015 was incredibly mild, this past Winter has thankfully given us some cooler temperatures. Although frosty nights have barely dropped below -2°C, there has been enough of the cool weather to prolong the dormant season into at least April (most bonsai were already in leaf by mid-March during 2015), allowing our trees some rest!

larch bonsai

Mid-January 2016: European Larch before styling in January..........

larch bonsai

Mid-January 2016: ........And after styling. Larix decidua / European Larch bonsai. Height 27"/69cm

larch bonsai

Mid-January 2016: Detail of the deadwood refinement on the Larix decidua / European Larch bonsai.

yew bonsai

Mid-January 2016: Taxus baccata / Yew bonsai, belonging to a client, before carving

yew bonsai

Mid-January 2016: And after finding the live veins and carving.

elm bonsai

Late January 2016: My huge Elm bonsai (Ulmus procera) on the workbench in late January after completing a re-working of the trunkline and deadwood.
During Autumn 2015 I had been able to cut the live-veins at the back of the upper trunk, and this allowed me remove a lot more wood, with the help of regular student Alex Mai Bonsai, to improve the trunkline.
The big bonsai pot comes courtesy of my favourite potter Victor Harris

elm bonsai

Late January 2016: Detail of the carving on the Elm bonsai (Ulmus procera).

elm bonsai

The top of the Elm bonsai trunk before any carving had been carried out in 2014.

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