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As spring continues to do its thing I managed a pic of my second larch in the early evening sun. It is developing well and the ramification is building up year on year.
I have taken the head staggers and have made a couple of drastic additions to my large larch. Time will tell whether or not I was wise.
I have added two large jins to the tree that I think work well at first appearance. The first one comes out of the top of a curve in the trunk and up quite a way through the branches to break out of the apex foliage. I think it looks quite good at this point. The only question is that when the tree drops it’s needles in winter will the long extension be seen to be too straight ? if it doesn’t work it can be removed and given the fact that larch callous very quickly the wound will be well disguised in no time.
The second Jin works lower down on the trunk works very well I think and I am well pleased with the result. Once the wound callouses around the point where it enters the trunk I think it will be quite convincing.
Your comments are awaited eagerly. This is the tree without the Jins
It has proved to be a long wait but at last my little Blackthorn is in full flower having battled its way so far through a long, cold windy spring. As usual it just does not fail to deliver.
I gave it a new Erin pot this year. Not my first choice but it looks quite good.
A lovely tree in a great new pot. Nice
As I write this in early January 2018, the pot doesn’t yet exist. Only a brief exchange between Sam (Intermountain Bonsai) and me, and an agreement that it would be made. The pot was commissioned for this ume, which has lived in this Tokoname pot by Touyou for the last 6-7 years.
Looking through Sam’s Intermountain Bonsai images, the four I sent him as my vision for the pot were two for the shape:
And two for the glaze:
I told him I was trying to replicate an antique Chinese Namako container, about 13.5″x4″ deep.
Now, fast forward to the result…
And the repot…
Thanks Sam, well-done!
It’s “Good Friday”! Whats good about it? Forgetting the historical accuracy or inaccuracy of the actual placing of the day it is the time when the world remembers the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ, the Carpenter from Nazareth, some 200o years ago.
In a very real sense it was the darkest day in all of human history for on that day was perpetrated the greatest injustice the world has ever seen and in that day was displayed the inveterate hatred of men toward the God of Glory.
Of that day Peter the apostle said ( Bible Quote) Acts 3:14 “But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you;”
But of that same event Peter said (Bible Quote) 1Peter Ch 2:24 Jesus Christ …Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
The following is a record of that harrowing event: (Bible Quote) Mathew Ch27 26-50
26 Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.
27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers.
28 And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.
29 And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!
30 And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head.
31 And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him.
32 And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.
33 ¶ And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull,
34 They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink.
35 And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.
36 And sitting down they watched him there;
37 And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
38 Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left.
39 And they that passed reviled him, wagging their heads,
40 And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.
41 Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said,
42 He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.
43 He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.
44 The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth.
45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.
46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
47 Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias.
48 And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink.
49 The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him.
50 ¶ Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
What was good about it? Paul the apostle said: (Bible Quote ) Galatians Ch 2:20….the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Now that IS good!!!!
I had a one to one with Robert porch on Tuesday past. A long day from 10 am to 7 pm and a lot of great work done. It’s always a pleasure to have Robert.
These two informal upright Larches got a lot of attention with last years new growth wired and trimmed as needed. They are really looking good. Thanks Robert.
They shari on the first tree still needs attention to add more interest and this is something that I will do in due course.
I have been doing a bit of serious thinning out and pruning on this Scots Pine and Yew.
The Scots Pine has had most of the old needles removed and I have wired and placed the branches etc. I am pleased with the result and see this tree developing nicely.
The yew is a tree that I have never really taken seriously but it always thrives despite its neglect and was back budding very well.
I decided to take out as much coarse and thick branch ends and tips to try and develop taper. There is still more reducing ahead of this tree but not until it back buds more. I have also carved the trunk a little and increased the size of the shari.
Hopefully I can make a half decent informal upright out of it eventually.
Obviously the overall appearance of both trees would be improved immediately with better pots.
As the growing season slowly loses its momentum I have grabbed a couple of pics of a couple of trees that have performed reasonably well this year.
The first is my Cotoneaster Franchetti and the second a Chuhin Scots Pine