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johnbaz

Some Bonsai trees at our club..

Hi all

I took my Nikon along to our Bonsai club (South Yorkshire Bonsai Society at Chapeltown) to take some pics of members trees..


















The membership have some lovely trees, mine however are sadly neglected due to my job (12hour shifts  )


EDIT- forgot to say, another member brought some photographic lighting and a sheet for the background, I tried taking pics with and without the flash..

With the flash the foliage colour was washed out and had shadows but the trunks showed much detail..

Without flash the pics were darker so I adjusted the brightness on my computer, colour of the foliage was better but the trunk detail was lost..

Wish i'd done a photography course


Cheers, John  
kaz

(Interesting to hear how you tried different ways of photographing them).

I have always liked Bonsai but I know that I wouldn't be able to do them justice.
I would like one that shed it's leaves in the Autumn like a traditional tree for the joy of seeing the new leaves in the spring.
johnbaz

kaz wrote:
(Interesting to hear how you tried different ways of photographing them).

I have always liked Bonsai but I know that I wouldn't be able to do them justice.
I would like one that shed it's leaves in the Autumn like a traditional tree for the joy of seeing the new leaves in the spring.


Hi Kaz

The trees that shed foliage in autumn are called diciduous, these inlude the Elms, Maples, Oaks, Malus etc..

Must say, I like these too as colouration in spring/autumn can be amazing  

Here's a Larch (Larix) of mine, it has needles and bears cones as all conifers yet it drops the foliage as a deciduous (always exception to the rules!!)..



The same tree in winter..



And new needles appearing in spring..




Some of my Maples (Acer Palmatum sp)..










Cheers, John
sod

Love your Larch thanks for photos I like others would love to have a go but so never started
Border

I've always liked the look of bonsai, but would never have the time to look after one of these fantastic little trees.

I too like the maples.

Great images John.
rustyboy

With Border there John,love the images....They look like they make great subjects for Photographing,i'm not sure though if my 5yr old mentality wouldnt take over and stop me tapping my Nephew up to borrow some toy soldiers or Animals!!
sod

rustyboy wrote:
With Border there John,love the images....They look like they make great subjects for Photographing,i'm not sure though if my 5yr old mentality wouldnt take over and stop me tapping my Nephew up to borrow some toy soldiers or Animals!!


Ain't you got any of you own (I have s
some our children grew out of ) sounds a great idea
johnbaz

rustyboy wrote:
With Border there John,love the images....They look like they make great subjects for Photographing,i'm not sure though if my 5yr old mentality wouldnt take over and stop me tapping my Nephew up to borrow some toy soldiers or Animals!!


Ha Ha!!


Some folk go as far as putting mudmen figurines under their trees, some people make them in to landscapes (Bonkei)...


Flute playing figure under the tree...

http://www.happybonsai.com/wp-con...2/bonsai-chinese-figurine-102.jpg



Landscape with a mudman..

http://www.happybonsai.com/wp-con.../penjing-bonsai-exhibition-07.jpg



Landscape with no figures

http://www.happybonsai.com/wp-con...ads/2010/08/Zhao-Qing-Quan-01.jpg



Cheers, John  
sapphire

Very nice  

I would love a mini acer. I was given a bonsai earlier this year, not sure what it is.
rustyboy

Pheeeew!! Glad i'm not the only one John those links are good fun but jesting aside they are fantastic little trees,what sort of a life span do they have?? Does it differ from the type of tree?? And if so which has the shortest and which one has the longest??
johnbaz

rustyboy wrote:
Pheeeew!! Glad i'm not the only one John those links are good fun but jesting aside they are fantastic little trees,what sort of a life span do they have?? Does it differ from the type of tree?? And if so which has the shortest and which one has the longest??


Certain trees will live for hundreds of years with the correct care (just as with the full sized ones!), such as Oak, Elms etc..

Silver Birch (Betula Pendula) can make nice Bonsai but aren't as long lived as the others, in nature (full size) the Silver Birch will normally only live for 60/70 years which is a very short lifespan by comparison with most other trees..



Cheers, John    
rustyboy

Cheers John interesting that
kaz

OK - decision made - I am going to get a Bonsai
It's probably totally the wrong time of year to look for one because I am going to go for a deciduous one, so they won't have any leaves at the moment
The local garden centres don't have much if any choice so it's going to be internet shopping..............I shall start looking
Polly

O wow!  Love the acers and maples!  My son loves bonsai and has had many of them and killed them all!  

However, his latest one, a little cheapo one from Aldi is doing well.  Apparently he says he's committing a cardinal sin by keeping it in the window sill - but the house is, as I've always told him, very dark and he would need to compensate for this in his care of any plant.  All the others just went leggy and died so it seems like he might have cracked it a bit!  
bodger

We've bought a cheapy from the garden centre this afternoon but Kaz has found a goodish website that she intends buying some better ones from.
kaz

I will chose a 'ready made' bonsai but I would also like to be able to bonsai seedlings that we have sprouting around the garden.

Johnbaz - can you recommend a book that would suit a beginner?

I know that hundreds of books will come up with a google search but it doesn't mean that they will all be good ones
johnbaz

kaz wrote:
I will chose a 'ready made' bonsai but I would also like to be able to bonsai seedlings that we have sprouting around the garden.

Johnbaz - can you recommend a book that would suit a beginner?

I know that hundreds of books will come up with a google search but it doesn't mean that they will all be good ones


Hi Kaz

PM me your address and I'll send you a couple of decent beginners books  

If you decide to buy a tree from a garden centre/ supermarket etc, try not to buy and Carmona ot Fukien Tea Trees as they're very difficult to keep for novices..

A small tip is not to 'coddle' your trees, most people kill them with kindness!!, ie, watering them too much will kill them.
If the trees are in the peaty compost that a lot of trees come from China in, it rots the roots and nutrients can't be taken in to the tree, also any feeding should be done at half the recommended dosage, overfeeding will have the same result as overwatering, the roots will be killed (through chemical burning this time) and the tree will almost certainly expire..

A good hardy tree to have as a first tree would be a Chinese Elm, they usually take the knocks but they too will suffer if not cared for properly..

A couple of pics..

http://www.about-garden.com/image...lmus-parvifolia-jilm-cinsky-2.jpg



http://www.bonsai4me.com/Gallery/...ynhans/GalleryTobieKleynhans2.jpg


Bonsai can also be created from garden trees but may take some years to get the required bonsai status as they usually have to be trained in to the shape with clipping back and/or wiring, then leaves may have to be reduced if it's a large leaved deciduous tree, Cotoneaster is a fantastic tree to start with as it already had very small leaves which is half the battle!!

Here's a nice little cotoneaster that belongs to a member at our club, it's only around six inches tall!!..


EDIT- Doh!!!, I already posted the last pic earlier in the thread!!


Cheers, John  
bodger

Just for you Johnbaz. I was at the Anglesey Show today and I couldn't resist snapping this exhibit.




















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