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Ok, well, I have bought trees from all sorts, from bonsai nurseries and auctions and friends as well as when we have been to shows in this country and the rest of Europe. We went to a large nursery in Holland several years ago and bought some nice trees. So I get them from all over. I recently bought some hedging bare root Field Maples to make into clumps and a forest on a large piece of wood. I don’t but from any internet seller unless I am desperate for the species and I know who the seller is. I have only bought two like that in 20 years and both were last year,
I have about 150 trees, all sizes and stages of development. I have been growing for 20 years plus now. My favourite species is Larch, I have a lot. I do like deciduous, and I have a lot, Scots Pines too.
It must be quite difficult on the coast with salt water spray, especially when you get east winds blowing.
If you go into any garden centre you should find fleece for frost protection. It comes in a roll. As an alternative newspaper over the leaves will help. If you look in Amazon you should find it as well.
If a blanket then you would need to keep it off delicate branches, but fleece I just drape over. It needs to be pegged as the slightest wind it will lift off.
At the moment my Acers are still tight buds so they should be ok, but the Tridents are open so I put them in the shed. My Larch are almost all in full but I can only cover with fleece as I do not have enough space in the shed.
What part of Fife, we stayed in Culross for a couple of days many years ago now, we used to go to the Trossachs area for a week each June, did it for about 10 years, we hired a caravan on a farm,
No problem David, where are you in Scotland?
Ok, will do,
I am in the south of England but the problem is the same. If you can put them in a shed or similar it will help, but it does depend on species. Most of mine have to stay where they are, I put my small ones shohins and mame in the shed also my Trident Maple and Quince that is in flower. the rest are where they have been all the time. Yes may get some damage but it will not kill the tree. If your trees do get covered in snow that will insulate so not a bad thing. We had frost in May last year that did more damage than all winter.
The other thing you could do is cover with fleece, I take the trees out of the shed each morning as it is getting warm during the day,
I hope this helps you,
The Dawn Redwood is nice, unusual style.
Thanks, Jon. Three years ago I did not look at shohin or mame, but I found Morten, and slowly have been adding shohin as well as mame. When I looked around my garden I realised that I had a lot of smaller trees that were shohin. Also as I am getting older I have more difficulty in handling bigger trees, in fact I have one that I cannot lift any longer. Not sure how I am going to re pot it next time!
I am looking forward to the Zoom meeting, should be fun.
Morten, 15th April, can’t wait. Great to put faces to names, can we share pictures, or would it be better to send to you for you to do the sharing?1. April 2021 at 11:01 in reply to: Hello everyone, my name is Andrew and i live in Kent, England #48572
Ok, Andrew. Well, dwarf does not always mean small. Sometimes it refers to the needle size. It is easier to cut down a bigger tree than to try to increase girth especially in a pot. Gooseberry is an interesting one, never heard of anyone trying. My Chinese Elms are just starting to push buds, they all dropped leaves this year which is unusual, the cork barks do but the others usually keep them until spring.
We have a workshop today for the first time in five months, the venue is an open barn. You can find us on Facebook and our web site blackmorevale bonsaigroup.co.uk
I am waiting for this months’ videos, looks like it will have to be when I get back this afternoon,
Geoff31. March 2021 at 17:36 in reply to: Hello everyone, my name is Andrew and i live in Kent, England #48563
you have some nice trees there. Now is the time to re pot if you need to. I would wait until the first flush of growth has hardened before pruning but you can wire. Chinese Elm leaves should drop naturally, but if the leaves are dead you can remove them.
I have a lot of trees of many species, just finished re potting.
I have just about finished now. It took me about four weeks a few at a time.
Yes, it was collected when I bought it was in a plastic pot, so I re potted it. Starting to buds out now.
That is a good idea, can’t wait.
I like the accent. I have a piece of bark that I am planning on doing the same. I was walking the dog and looked a this fallen trunk and a large piece of bark came off in my hand, so I thought I had better use it.