Roy’s Trees Update

I popped into Roy’s house on Tuesday to lift a tree and scrounge a cup of tea. As usual I took a few snaps. His trees are starting to show great Autumn colour. I was interested to see how they had grown after the major haircut some of the got back in May SEE HERE

Root Over Rock Trident

Field Maple

Deshojo Maple

Trident Maple


Crab Apples


Korean Hornbeam. This one has responded really well to the pruning.

Peter Warren @ Willowbog Part 2

Here’s the run down of what went on at the Sunday workshop with Peter Warren at Peter Snarts. Thank God there was no one called Peter in the workshop this time!! I did suggest that we call one of them Pete, not very well received 😀

One of the first trees to get  a look over was Dave’s very impressive Spruce. It wasn’t going to receive a lot of work on the day but advice and direction with pruning was given.

Lets have a look 🙂

Notice the iron rod to support the tree.

Alan, the local artist, who is a bonsai novice had brought his Scots Pine for styling. I was honoured to be asked to give Alan a hand with the wiring.

Alan was set to work sketching out a few ideas for the tree.

Duncan arrived with this beautiful yamadori Yew. Is was going to need a lot of clearing out and some addition deadwood work.

Sue had brought along 2 shohin Chinese Junipers. Some how I missed getting a before shot of one of them!

Peter asked Alan and I to clear away the moss from the soil surface of the Pine. He needed to see if there were any heavy roots lurking in the mound to the left of the trunk.

after clearing and a few pokes with a chop stick we couldn’t find any heavy roots that would hinder the repotting of this tree. The previous owner repotted by adding mix under the base of the tree, hence the mound after nearly 40+ years in a pot!!

Time to discuss the options.

My favourite photo of the day.

Steve’s tree of the day was this Scots Pine. A lot of wiring to keep him busy.

Sue’s Junipers. The first one has already been thinned out by Peter.

I love this little one.

Alan gets stuck into the wiring, and I lend a hand.

We were working next door but I could here Duncan had the dremel out to assist with cleaning up the deadwood on his Yew.

Everybody hard at work.

Dave also had this Common Juniper with him. He had started the wiring the previous day and had even carried on after the Saturday workshop. Like me, he stayed overnight and took advantage to get the work carried out.

Another of Dave’s trees was this Itoigawa Juniper. This was it pictured in a book Peter had 4-5 years ago.

After the photograph the health of the tree took a nose dive. However it has now recovered and was ready for Peter to have a look and discuss future options.

The best feature of the tree is without doubt the deadwood. Currently the two lower branches block this and at a more suitable time of the year, big changes will be made. How big depends on Dave 🙂

Meanwhile, the first styling of Sues little juniper had been completed.

Back to Alan’s Pine, and Peter inspects his wiring. Dave and I then finish off the wiring to get the basic styling completed on the day.

Alan ponders the tree future…

Steve’s still wiring too.

Dave’s Pine brought in for final adjustments.

Peter suggests that the straight branch to the left needs to be chased back if it stays but feels tha it would be better removed. As this was the branch Alan wired, I thought it was a great idea 🙂 Sorry Alan 😉

This is a final shot but I think I have slightly the wrong angle. A very natural image with the usual, photo doesn’t do it justice remark.

A quick virtual for Alan to help him make his mind up 🙂

Duncan’s Yew done for the day. A lot of deadwood work carried out and a few branches raffia’ed and placed to become the new leader. To do more in one sitting wouldn’t favour the trees health.

Sue’s other Juniper after a few adjustments.


Steve’s Pine after work.

Well, that’s was it bar the beer and red wine 🙂 Hope you have enjoyed seeing the day in pictures. All that remained was for me to get a photo of the Peter’s for the blog 🙂

As you can see, that wasn’t an easy task :-). This ones better…

Thanks again to Peter and Jean for having me. And to Peter Warren for the experience.