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.

maple bonsai roots

Late February 2016: I repotted my Acer palmatum/Japanese Maple for the first time in 4 years. This is a tree that I started as a skinny little air-layer 14 years previously and features in my second book Bonsai Inspirations 2. Slowly, that nebari is getting there!

elm bonsai roots

Late February 2016: Repotting my Ulmus pumila/Siberian Elm bonsai in late February. It had also been 3-4 years since its last root-pruning so a good trim was required. I took the opportunity to approach-graft one of the trees' own roots back onto the trunkbase to fill in a gap in the nebari.
(More details on approach-grafting roots can be read here)

bonsai roots

Late February 2016: Working on the roots of my Siberian Elm

bonsai roots

Late February 2016: The shallow rootpad of the Elm after pruning.

elm bonsai

Late February 2016: My Ulmus pumila/Siberian Elm Bonsai back on it's pedestal after repotting.
Height 21"/52cm
Purchased as field-grown stock in 2005.
Pot by Victor Harris of Erin Bonsai

hawthorn bonsai

Late February 2016: A very impressive display at the Swindon Winter Image Show in late February; my personal favourite tree was this amazing Hawthorn raft bonsai.

hawthorn bonsai

Late February 2016: Detail of the Hawthorn raft at the Swindon Winter Image Show.

bonsai pot

Late February 2016: This was a new project I was starting to get very excited about in late February, Swedish potter Thor Holvila building a new bonsai pot for my 19"/48 cm Ligustrum ovalifolium/Common Privet bonsai. This was the design concept he drew up for me! 

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