New pots from ian baillie

I was at a workshop in belfast last weekend with ian baillie.i picked up some new pots from ian.first up is this juniper.ian actually owned this tree for many years and was happy with the direction  the tree was going.
Next was a black pine in a aubergine colored pot.
This is a potentilla in a lovely blue glazed pot.the flowers are white and should go well with the pot.
Close up of the glaze.
Chinese elm in its new pot.should be nice when the tree fills out a bit.i had a great time in belfast a big thanks to the club for hosting it.

Ian baillie weekend in belfast

I am heading to belfast this weekend for a workshop with the brilliant potter ian baillie.i have a couple of his pots and am looking forward to getting some more.
This is the tree i am bringing up with me.its a chinese juniper.i think its in a ian baillie pot,he can tell me when he sees it.the tree was worked on last february at a workshop in my place.
I dewired the tree and cleaned up the dead wood and live vein and added some more dead wood.the tree needs to be fine wired.
I will ask ian his thoughts on a new pot for this tree.should be a good weekend in belfast.i will post my results,thanks.

winter workshop december ’16

Sally's Bridge Bonsai

Last weekend Mark hosted a Munster Bonsai Club workshop with Ian Young and Phil Donnelly. I could only take part on the Saturday although the lads kept things rolling on Sunday.

More from Mark’s blog here;

dscn9658 Introductions

dscn9659 Trees lined up for attention

dscn9660 Phil checking the roots of Ger’s JWP, a tree he purchased several years ago in Dublin

dscn9662 Initially the talk was of reducing the crown…

dscn9668 Then, the possibility of removing much more…

dscn9669 my larch clump, collected about a year previously

dscn9670 Dermot’s nice juniper

dscn9673 Mark had some homework done…

dscn9674 better view of Dermot’s juniper

dscn9677 great minds think alike… Piotr’s clump larch

dscn9682 Mark’s pine was already well developed

dscn9683 more discussions

dscn9684 more options discussed

dscn9690 down to work

dscn9691 work continues

dscn9692 hungry work

dscn9694 you missed a bit

dscn9696 larch after some jinning and pruning

dscn9697 I can’t believe you let him cut so much off !

dscn9698 my homework is some wiring to bring down the…

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A great december workshop

Some pictures of our last workshop of the year with ian and phil.
Some nice material,this larch group from ray.
Piotr hiding behind his larch group.two nice groups at the start of their bonsai journey.
Ray sleeping.
Nice itoigawa juniper.dermot is new to the club and he brought along this tree…great start.
Teacher and pupil.
First styling.
Gers white pine,another new member.
Much better,sorry about the pic.
Chop chop chop.
My scots pine after a bit of big branch was jinned.
Pots for sale.
Nice root over rock trident maple for sale.
My trees up next.this is my potentilla after its first styling.
Scots pine rewiring and a bit of shaping.
Another scots pine shaping.
Last of my four trees reworked.this is a chinese juniper.thanks again to ian and phil for a great weekend.

My workshop trees

Munster bonsai holds its last workshop of the year on the 10th and 11th of december.this is a scots pine that i got from kaizen is due a rewire and a bit of a shape.i have some wire put already.
This is a potentilla that i collected about two years ago.the flowers are white.this will be its first shaping.
It has a fairly large trunk for a potentilla.i will post pics when they are finished,cheers

My Bonsai Video

Nice story

George Omi

My interest in bonsai began in 1955, soon after I returned from the Korean War. My father had just turned his hobby into a business, and asked me if I would help him manage Bonsai By Kay in San Francisco. My father had been collecting and growing bonsai soon after returning to California from the internment center in 1946. It became a business in 1952. Word of his trees quickly became news in the Bay Area and his business fared well.

My father was among several contributors to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens “Handbook of Dwarf Potted Trees, The Bonsai of Japan, 1953.” He was also well regarded by his peers, Homei Iseyama (Berkeley), Yuji Yoshimura (Japan), and John Naka (Los Angeles).

I worked under his tutelage full time for three years and part time for another three years, while I was a student in Landscape Architecture. I left the business…

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Bonsai 30 my trees

I had a great weekend in belfast last weekend  where bonsai 30 was are some of my trees.this is my scots pine
Robert porch gave me some great tips on improving my trees.this is my chinese elm
This is my white pine
This is my white pine
This is my field maple

Future black pines

This is a black pine i got from kaizen bonsai.all the candles were cut off in late may and this is its second flush.
Cork bark black pine
Stages of early development for this black pine.
When this pine came to me it had hardly any roots and struggled for the first year.luckly it survived and is starting to show me its a bit happier.
One more black pine.