A great Accent session yesterday, probably one of the most enjoyable sessions I’ve ever had in my garage come workshop, and there’s been many! A worthwhile endeavour I think with great feedback from the participants. After a learning session combining powerpoint and a selection of accents and plants, the guys got stuck into to creating their own kusamono, shitakusa and kokedama. Great to see them using what they had learned to select plants and then create their own pieces.
Here are some photos of the day and of the planting they produced. Kusamono are just in basic training pots for now.
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Thanks to so many of you who donated to our Village Indiegogo campaign, you played a huge role in funding this thoughtfully designed, scrolling website. It was dreamed up by Kathy Wu, who has done a lot of work for some major brands like Nike, Intel, Bridgeport Brewing, Jenny Craig, and the LA marathon. The Village website was definitely a sideline project for her, and we were very, very lucky to catch her interest. She was a delight to work with, three cheers for Kathy!
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Bonsai has brought me many friends over the years and sadly today I found out that one has left us. John was a ‘quiet gentleman’ who I met through the club about 4 years ago. A self taught enthusiast for many years, he was keen to learn new things. I loved his enthusiasm for learning and his willingness to to get hands on.
Your friendship will be missed John, rest in peace.
In an effort to further the knowledge and interest in kusamono I’m holding a workshop on Saturday 29th August starting at 1pm.
The session will look at accents in general and specifically kusamono, shitakusa and kokedama (mossballs). We will look at examples of kusamono, how they are displayed and how plantings work when displayed with bonsai. Participants will be able to select their own plants on the day, indeed the workshop cost of £25 includes 4 plants (to a max value of £20) from a large selection available! Can’t do better that that!! Feel free to bring your own plants to supplement your options and any pots you want to try. I will also have a selection of Magic Ceramic Pots available for anyone keen to add to their collection.
Workshop open to all, tea and coffee available all afternoon, sign up via email@example.com for a fun informal session and walk away on the day with your own special creation.
Some of the plantings on display
Shitakusa: Hosta ‘Surprised by Joy’
Kusamono created at recent demo at Greenmount.
Kusamono created Spring 2015
A small selection of the plants available at the workshop, selected for their suitability for this type of planting and in most cases hard to find at run of the mill garden centres.
Here is the previous post on this one…and here is the update!
It was dug in March and root pruned:
Then some tidying up…
Reopening the callus to keep the cambium moving. Maybe this cut will close in my lifetime…?
This little hole in the back had a softer center; and a chopstick routed it out quickly…down into the soil under the trunk. I used some epoxy putty to fill the hole, and will scuff the bark to expose cambium and get it to crawl across the putty.
A little selection pruning, then waiting until the first shoots begin to lignify!
Growing out in Spring:
It was pinched back in May and then allowed to grow on.
June. Time to defoliate and put a little movement in primary branches:
Emmett approves (of the fertilizer cakes, more likely):
The shortened sacrifice leader will be removed when new growth resumes below it.