Hawthorn 'Informal Broom' Bonsai Progression Series

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The deadwood areas have weathered well and have now developed a natural patina

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Detail images of the unique bonsai pot by Vic Harris. Five years ago some Viola growing near where I had placed the bonsai sowed themselves into the soil surface and given the large size of the bonsai pot, I have allowed them to slowly spread their shallow roots across the surface. They make an amazing display of colour (purple) in the Spring!

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May 2012:. As can often happen, after three years of prolific flowering, the tree has put out very few flower buds this year but lush green foliage of a Hawthorn in Spring is still a sight to behold.

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September 2013: Nearly 2 full growing-seasons later and the Hawthorn bonsai has become very well ramified. The foliage of Hawthorn at the end of the growing season becomes very dark green; this bonsai is no exception.

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January 2014: Nearly 10 years after collection, the Hawthorn during dormancy. The structure and ramification of the bonsai is such that it now only needs light pruning in Autumn after leaf-fall; re-wiring has not been necessary.

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July 2016: 12 years after collection and the Hawthorn now has incredible ramification and greatly reduced leaf-size. The tree has yet to be repotted since 2007 but the use of a stable inorganic soil mix (in this case, catlitter) ensures that the soil structure remains well aerated and able to accept water.