Getting carried away with this new-found ability to add products to the Willowbog Bonsai on-line shop I added another couple of dozen varied trees last night.
Starting with the best of the bunch, this Japanese larch, Larix kaempferi, is from one of the northern regions best bonsai collections. It was collected many years ago right up in the north of Scotland by Jim M. The current owner, only selling now because he is developing an even better larch, has created this tree. When he brought it in to be sold I made some small , I hope improvements, to the base of the shari , otherwise it is all his own work. Although it is not to everyone’s taste I really like the high quality, unglazed Japanese ceramic pot, in fact it is a favourite of mine and I rather rashly put it into that when I thought that the bonsai could be added to Mr. Greedy’s collection, however, the Financial Controller put her foot down
Quite a heavy trunked Cork bark maple , Acer palmatum ‘ arakawa ‘ A decent nebari and trunk buttress as well as good taper to the trunk. Loads of branches to work with and potted in a fairly decent Japanese pot , this is a Korean import.
A typical sort of Juniperus chinensis, Chinese juniper, image but nothing wrong with that. Good jin and shari together with a prominent and strong live vein . Plenty of foliage to refine and develop also. Though not often to my taste the primitive pot suits pretty well in this case.
Quite a nice example of the taller type of Trident root over rock style. Acer buergeranum is such a classic bonsai subject we all should have at least one in our collections, though come to think of it I don’t !
Japanese white pine , Pinus parviflora, nice chunky hollow carved trunk makes this just a little out of the ordinary.
Another carved hollow trunk bonsai, this time Acer palmatum, the species rather than a variety. This Japanese maple was once a taller, conventional, informal upright tree that suffered significant die back in the top half which resulted in the re-shaping into this image. Quite an old tree I think.
Lastly a look at one of the cheaper trees to go on the web shop. Taxus cuspidata, Japanese yew. A good workshop piece of material at chuhin size. Several bonsai techniques to be applied to this tree, creation of deadwood appropriate to the subject, branch selection and wiring as well as pot choice for the final image and re-potting principles. One of our classic species for bonsai.