Some more of the Willowbog Collection trees,
A favourite native species to bonsai with, this is Ulmus glabra, collected by a friend in the S. Yorks region many years ago. I love the mainly natural hollow trunk. A big Walsall pot complements the image.
Another very good friend covets this Prunus of unspecified species ! I have said that it may be left to him in my will It may not be to everyone’s taste but I think it look good in that Chinese ceramic ! The next photo shows the bonsai’s unpromising origin !
When it looked like this we had it priced at £18.00 , no takers, for years !!! so eventually I began to work on it .
From European yamadori origin, this Picea abies must rank as one of the best trees in the Collection. Mostly the work of Marco Invernizzi.
Contained in yet another of our big Walsall pots is this nice Field maple that was very generously donated to the Collection by Mr. John Armitage when he was down sizing to concentrate more on his beloved shohin bonsai. Another good native species for bonsai.
One of two Japanese larch in the Collection. This bonsai featured in this blog a while ago, it is a tree that Jean and I collected back in the dim and distant mists of time but it is very early in the shaping process. This big pot was made by Mark Huntington.
This is a none too revealing photo of another locally collected tree by the Proprietor and myself. It is a clump style Fagus sylvatica, it is potted in one of the biggest Micas that can be obtained !
Not much more than potential bonsai with this big Norway spruce, the mica pot is the same size as the one in the previous picture.
Another tree from European yamadori origin, another Walsall pot, another example of Marco’s work and another bonsai to rank very high in the Collection, at least it will with a little more work , a European mountain pine , Pinus mugo. Photo not really doing it justice !
A pretty poor photo of another Scots pine but this one from Europe. I have struggled a bit with the health of this tree over the past couple of years though it looks better at the start of this growing season. A rare example of all my own work so far but a long way to go !
The final group of bonsai are all Japanese imports starting with this Mountain maple with a great nebari. In a Japanese pot.
A clump version of the same species, again a good nebari and this time another Walsall pot.
One of the smaller bonsai in the Collection is this Korean hornbeam in the clump style and planted in one of my favourite Derek Aspinal pots.
This Japanese red pine actually is the smallest bonsai featured here, it is also the newest tree to the collection, it is also not paid for yet either [ but the vendor knows that's not my fault ! ] An Aspinal drum pot houses the tree temporarily whilst it grows more branches !
That big Taxus cuspidata that we are all sick of seeing here
Tsuga seiboldii , Japanese hemlock, in a Klika ceramic shell pot. Strictly speaking not yet in the Willowbog Collection, but it will be ! A favourite bonsai !
How did that sneak in here ??? This big J. chinensis is not in the Collection , but who knows if I play my cards …………………
Well that’s finally it , no wait a minute, I have missed out a couple of trees , another time maybe , thanks for looking [ if you have ]