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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!
Mid-January 2016: European Larch before styling in January..........
Mid-January 2016: ........And after styling. Larix decidua / European Larch bonsai. Height 27"/69cm
Mid-January 2016: Detail of the deadwood refinement on the Larix decidua / European Larch bonsai.
Mid-January 2016: Taxus baccata / Yew bonsai, belonging to a client, before carving
Mid-January 2016: And after finding the live veins and carving.
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
Late January 2016: Detail of the carving on the Elm bonsai (Ulmus procera).
The top of the Elm bonsai trunk before any carving had been carried out in 2014.