Late Summer Jobs Around Herons Bonsai

In this video I take you on a walk around the nursery to show you various things that are happening on the nursery in late summer.

Today is the 30th of august and it feels that the summer is almost over although it’s now sunny we’ve had a lot of rain in the last few days and makes a change and lo and behold the planes are flying again which we’re very happy to hear because during the lockdown i miss the planes in a way so what i’m going to do today is i’m going to do like a magazine of walking around the nursery and showing you what is going on many people home in on one specific project but in a nursery things happen all the time plants don’t stand still they keep growing and sometimes they grow fast sometimes they grow slow some plants grow some plants die and i’m going to show you everything that is going on in the nursery so let’s begin by walking around and showing you some of these now these are the applause europeans chinese which a contract grower goes for us and they came into the nursery in february of this year and they were only that high and look at it it’s almost troubled in size so this is the way we grow our trees when we grow our trees they really go strong so i can’t keep putting it at the same price because it’s more than doubled in size so that is something that we keep working on and i’ve done a project about how we produce these for commercial chinese juniper s-shaped bonsai and if you look there you can see our tried maples we pour them in the summer they’re all in the flower pots on holiday but again this is like two three weeks growth this is one month’s growth look at it 45 or 50 centimeter long and they’re all growing strong i don’t always keep pouring it back all the time i let them go and then prune it back so i will show you what i will do to those so uh i will just walk you around the nursery and just show you everything that is going on let’s take a general tour first [Music] i may have shown it before these are our chinese junipers which are on holiday masses of them look at them and they’re all being grown in these big boxes of flower pots to strengthen the tree then i will work on it again so all these trees are being worked on and they’re being left to go unchecked so that they become small there are many interesting products around here and because i’ve got such a lot of stock i tend to forget it and i can see some lovely willows there i may pull one or two of those willows out and show you what i do with weeping willow because many people ask about weeping willow and it’s time i did something about waking willow so this is how you draw them let’s see what we can get out of this one so this is a candidate for working on so i will pull this out so this is going to be a general program of what we call odds and ends so there’s no fixed title it’s just a magazine thing so as we walk around i will show you what is going on these maples are being grown in boxes to make them strong this is a very rare maple i can’t even remember the name i’ve got to dig out the buying list these come from japan it’s big bonsai so i’m growing it strong because i air layer parts of the tree so that’s another big project that one is a saihi zuru and if we walk past this big magnolia in case you wonder what this magnolia is this is called laundry flora magnolia laundry floor a very big leaf magnolia and the flowers are insignificant but the seed pods are ever so beautiful look at all these lovely seed contamination so that’s not going to be bonsai because we need a bunch today but as we walk around here you can see all the maples that we have going around these are the shojos that we are going on and these are different because these are some of the few disjojos i produce myself from cuttings so they’re on their own roots they’re not grafted but these believe it or not are more than 20 years old and cuttings are very very slow to grow so i’m keeping these to go into bigger trees so they are not for sale and if you look around there are so many pigments all waiting to be converted into bonsai or made into garden trees there’s always layerings going on i don’t know whether this is rooted or not some are rooted so at this time of the year i like to check and see what has happened to some of them so this one i don’t think this is my handiwork i usually recognize the way i do my air layings and i always put clear plastic back so i can see the roots but this one hasn’t got a very clear plastic bag so let’s see how to tell from this because there’s a bit of grass growing and it could be grass roots rather than making roots if you look closely you see the callus that’s what we call callusing that’s callousing lots of callus and if i remember right this one calluses a lot but doesn’t sound roots so i’m not sure whether it’s time to take it off or not you can see the big callus look at it look at that massive callus so it’s formed a big callus again but no roots so i’ll have to wait again next year so not all the maples are successful so i will leave this output hormone rooting powder on that and do it again so sometimes when it doesn’t work you got to try again but as i say different maples respond differently the easiest ones are the straight mountain maple this i’m not sure what this one is it’s some sort of purpurian this is a wisteria that i dug up from the ground as a rooted cutting so that’s going to be made into a bonsai these long shoots i let it go to make it strong and then i cut it back there so this will have a chance to become a proper bonsai now this one i’ve been wanting to work on for years and years and as you can see [Music] it is massive it is a field label it was grown in a pot in a micro pot but i’ve been waiting to work on it and you must be wondering why i need these long shoots to grow look at the shoes every bit eight to ten foot long and there’s a good reason why i do these things many people think i’m lazy or i’m a fool but i don’t think i’m quite that i leave these to grow to strengthen the tree with bonsai there’s always a time element and with the passage of time the trees improve and get better so i’m going to work on this in a moment i’ll show you what i do with that [Music] now these are the black pines that i grew from seed you won’t believe about 25 years ago and they are so slow and growing so so slow uh so i’m not in a hurry to do anything i may wire some of these up just to show you what i will do so i will probably take one or two of these in and show you look at it this is not likely candid so i’ll take this one and then there are other trees which are air layers waiting to be made into bonsai look at this one this is going to be a big bonsai this is going to be a very big bonsai like that so there’s some work to do with this one so there’s no end of maples here they’re all starting to turn their lovely autumn color you can see some of these maples we’ve cut down because they’re all waiting to become bundle right so this will be a butterfly so come the winter in this early spring you will see how we transform these into bonsai so all these are bonafide candidates some of them you can already recognize halfway to becoming bonsoi so these were grown in pots so there’s a bonsai there already so these are all ongoing projects these are all cut on these big trees i just cut down and we grow it again it’s another one so these are all these six eight foot high trees we’ve cut it down and this is how the ones i have created another one these are all tall trees like that this was cut to me this summer and that’s going to be another tall bonsai and so it goes on wherever you turn you will see that they’re all bones are in the making like this and this by the way is from this summer we’ve had such a high uh temperature summer about three weeks ago we had temperature of 38 38.6 i think it was centigrade which is very hot i think it broke all records so we do get hot summers in this country and the heat has damaged a lot of trees this is a very rare maple and i have the heart to make it into a bonsai but this one if you look at the leaves closely if i’m not mistaken this one is called hagar romo so this is a very rare maple but this will probably be earlier now just looking at this one let me show you what’s going on with this tree now this maple if you look at it closely [Applause] mine the weeds because we don’t apply too much weed killer so the weeds grow like crazy here so this tree was cut here about three years ago over there and then a new leader was grown and then cut there again another leader grown so this is becoming a very nice bonsai you must be wondering why there are lots of new leaves here what has happened that because of the hot summer many of these leaves got scorched so we took some of the leaves off and these leaves were taken off in july and lo and behold all these new leaves are spotted again look at them sprouting from the old wood so sometimes if you leave cut you get this effect so this will become a very nice bonsai in due course so these are all potential candidates for bonsai the more i look the more you know impressed i am at what we’ve been able to achieve this is a very old maple a tall tree and look at the beautiful nebari on that one and although it’s got like a twin trunk i don’t know what to do with it but it looks nice like that so i’ll just let it grow in a natural style so this will go in a bonsai pot come february so there are all these candidates waiting to become bonsai this coming spring so without further ado i will now go and get my secateurs and saw and we’ll start working on some trees now while i was talking about maples and the new growth look at this one this is inside our greenhouse and this is a large deshojo that we are making into bonsai so i cut a big branch off there and i cut the leader off and the branches are sprouted but this is what we call mildew because we’ve had such a hot summer and at odd times we’ve been watering heavily when there’s a lot of moisture you get mildew and this is a disease that is very hard to eradicate it normally affects roses but it doesn’t affect all the maples just certain maples tend to get it and apparently if you get it you’ve got to be very careful how you deal with it you’ve got to cut every leaf off and burn these affected leaves that’s the only way to stop it spreading but fortunately it doesn’t affect many trees but i find that the deshojo is very prone to build you but if you look around this greenhouse there’s so many maples here but they’re all clean you see they’re not affected at all so it tends to only affect the uh they shoujo i will also show you what we do with these these are the s-shaped trees that we leave it to get long to become strong but at some stage we bring them back so although they may look a bit untense there’s a reason for leaving it unkempt and usually when they’re left untempted to make the tree strong so there is always method in our madness okay we will now go and get the tools and implements and work on the fieldmaker so i’m going to work on this field maple and i think i should try and get it out from here but i know that it’s rooted in the ground many of these trees when you go in the ground not grow on the ground you place it on the ground they get rooted into the ground they make them stronger because they send out lots of roots into the soil but i think we need to get it out so let me cut the roots off i’ve been meaning to work on this tree for the last couple of years but every time i want to work on it i’ve got so many projects on the go that i don’t find the time to title it so i want to video what i’m doing so let me see what i can do myself you can see despite my age i can still work on these heavy things foreign and by the way field maple they grow from root cuttings very easily so all these roots won’t be wasted they will all become very interesting little trees you got robin peter many of the bonsai demonstrations about doing the finished tree but this is showing you how we actually get the trees out to work on and i will show you now the base look at the base here i’ll get josh to turn around look at the roots that have come through the bottom of the pot look at it it’s cracked the pot as well but these will all become root cuttings so you can see all these curly little bits they make beautiful root cuttings for that so these are certainly not going to be wasted every little plant uh that comes out here will have a lot of character you see how bent and twisted this one is this instant bonsai here there look at it see beautiful roots and that’s going to be a beautiful tree that’s going to be a beautiful tree so i’ll come back here now i’ll roll this out no need to video this all right you can see the size of this tree and all the branches these branches are just two years growth so what i will do i’ll turn it back to the last year so this has grown this year all that what is it about 1.4 meters has grown in one year since april of this year so we don’t want these so you must be wondering why i leave it to grow so again if i may re-emphasize we grow it to make the trees strong and they also act as sacrificials either to make the trunk store or to make the branches strong and then we will decide on how to refine it so a lot of there’s much that goes on behind the scenes which you people don’t usually see and as you know i have this thing about collecting i don’t collect trees but we grow our own trees and over the last 30 years or 35 years that we’ve been here 36 years to be precise we have grown a lot of trees on the nursery and i don’t have to collect because they have come into their own they’re lovely and mature so all i’m using is the trusted velcro secateurs i can’t speak highly enough about falcos there are a lot of imitations including many imitations made in china but they’re not the same they’re just not the same falco is supreme nowadays i make sure i always wear a left hand glove when i use the right hand to pull this is the fun part really hopefully when lockdown is over we’ll have some special open days where i can invite you guys over to the nursery and help me with some of these projects and then you can see for real what is going on that will be fun this year i was hoping on the 20th of june it could have taken place but sadly no not to worry in bonsai we learn to be patient so if the lockdown has taught us anything it has taught us to be patient and as long as you have survived and your mental state is still okay i think you’ll come out a bit stronger as they say during the lockdown a lot of people have suffered mentally so i haven’t begun to understand how some people have suffered i’m very lucky that we live in this lovely open space and we don’t have the problem of having to cope with living in a cramped space so very lucky in that respect so i’ve been able to keep my sanity [Music] what a lovely way to spend a sunday morning i don’t think that’s even taken five minutes so here we are this is what the tree looks like and this tree has got many many options many possibilities these are all sacrificials here to thicken the trunk and a lot of the holes in the trunk or uro are natural they’re not carved i don’t like carving just for the sake of carving but when the holes grow naturally like this they look so nice absolutely natural [Music] so these are going to be features of this tree for the future [Music] and now if we look at this tree again in fact i may take it into the back greenhouse and work on it and we’ll decide how we improve the tree so this is the rough work that i’ve done on this one [Music] if we look at the tree from this side this is one of those trees and the fact that it was in a round pot was because i did realize early on that this tree has possibly two fronts this is a possible front and the other side with the holes in it is also a possible front so there’s a lot of potential going for this tree and of course it’s got this triple trunk which makes it very very interesting but it can be a problem if you don’t know what to do with it because it can be too confusing so i think if i took this off i probably don’t need to take it into the background i can do enough work from here this one we don’t need that either so take this off just use the lopper so what we are videoing today is really what i normally do in the course of the day there are so many projects going on but self videoing doesn’t always work like this how can i put a camera on a stand and video what i’m working so it’s only when i have the uh what you call it luxury of having someone like josh nearby to help video this that you can see some of the work that i do during the course of my day so this is going to be nice like that now this one at the back there’s a lot of conflict there so let’s tidy this up a little bit this is too long there so let’s shorten this these can be a bit confusing now once i’ve done this now from here on i will keep very close control of it and won’t let it go mad again it will be closely monitored because all the hard work has been done the fears become strong i think i’ll leave that that’s quite nice [Music] okay i’m still trying to look at this from this side because looking at this it’s nice but as you know me i always keep an open mind because you never know you might suddenly see something which you didn’t see before and if you take drastic action and foreclose the opportunities you won’t get a chance to go back to what you may have thought was the solution to the problem and so there’s another life lesson never foreclose all the opportunities always keep your options open i didn’t realize i teach people life lessons but this is all natural to me whatever i do i think in this way so so it’s one of those trees whichever side you look it’s got possibilities so i’ll leave you to choose and you see how the wood is rotting naturally you see when it rots naturally this is what happens see this is just natural rotting i’m not doing any carving with power tools and all that all these holes look at that beautiful hole there look at it can you get my finger right in there and that’s all natural all natural so it looks so nice when it’s natural when it’s man-made there’s always some element of the man-made effect in there but if you let it create naturally it is so much nicer as they said in bonsai man often tries to claim all the credit but if you look at some of these very marvelous trees as bonsai with those twisted trunks no way can a person could have created all this beautiful twisted trunks that was all created naturally it’s all created by the almighty or nature or whatever you wish to call it so there you are in a jiffy i’ve transformed that tree which i’ve been waiting two years to do so in another ground mica pot this one report broke because i think we were trying to get it out with a digger and the digger sliced it with a bucket that’s why it broke otherwise my foot don’t usually break so that’s one tree finished uh i see another one there which we look at again that’s an older tree so wherever you turn and look you see interesting stuff happening let’s look at this one you guys must think i’m crazy look at that okay let’s have a look at this now for those of you who don’t know your trees the older is a tree that grows near water and where we live we live in a road called wymlay and there used to be a mill here hundreds of years ago and there’s a river that flows behind the nursery and where you get water you get a lot of willow trees and you get a lot of older trees alder is spelled alder and the older tree is a water loving tree and they grow like crazy the seedlings just spread all over the nursery in fact they are a pest they grow so vigorously that you can’t get rid of the damn thing so all these branches you must be wondering why i’m cutting it off well these branches have done their work they are what we call sacrificial branches the fact that these trunks are so thick is all because they have fed into the trunk and help to make it thick so the beauty of this tree is going to be in that spectacular trunk look at it very similar to the field maple that i’ve just done and that’s going to be the future of the bonsai and in the coming year i’m now not going to let it go so mad i’m just going to let short branches grow just let short branches go or they let new branches grow so this is going to be one hell of a tree this is probably redundant you don’t need that some of these have died so it’s going to get shorter and shorter so how beautiful is this one in fact in the autumn you’re probably going to have a sail and that’s going to be probably sold off quite cheap to whoever wants to make it into bonsai uh so let’s tackle another product okay i’m in the jungle again and i was telling you that the older tree that we just worked on and it was a seedling in another pot look at this there’s another wild seedling this is a uh i think this is maybe kota nuita i’m not sure but this is how the wild seedlings go it’s suppressed it’s going to kill this maple leaf i’m not careful so this is how they grow and this is all this tree is probably no more than two or three years old so this will have to come off so this is where you get all this and while we are here this is antarctic beach a rather rare tree and i’m going to lay this because it’s got a very interesting trunk so this will be earlier than the tree will chop down there to make a bonsai these are all sitting here for work to be done and while i’m here this is a japanese white beach vegas kanata that i’ve grown for the last maybe 25 years as from bonsai and it’s become a big tree and we use it for growing seed form and we collect the seeds every year and we sell the seeds the seeds are quite viable if you come around here i’ll show you some of these and this is the japanese granata white beet seed you see how small the leaves are so this tree is loaded with seed and we’ve got to pick it at the right time because if you don’t pick at the right time the damn squirrels come and feast on the seeds they love the seeds and they’ll take all the seeds away but i’ve got to wait till they get ripe if i don’t let it ripen then the seeds are not wild okay we will come here and show you there are all sorts of gems in this jungle this is a jungle so sometimes which are scrubs relief like these say they’re shrubs just by the way if you come around here bro this is a silver birch and i’ve always told people that silver birch don’t make good bonsai very hard to make a decent uh bonsai out of silver birch look at it the branches die for no reason and it’s just struggling there so i wouldn’t even bother i would probably throw this throw this away so silver birch are not good for bottom size now look at this one this is sycamore this is just a wild seedling and this believe it or not from here to there 10 foot is one year’s growth one year’s growth amazing and i’ve been trying to make bonsai with this rather than throw it away one year’s growth don’t want that and there is your bolognaise rooted in the ground [Music] oh god it’s growing strong because it is rooted in the ground it had if it hadn’t rooted in the ground it wouldn’t be as strong so i think now that it’s almost autumn i don’t need to worry about watering so much take them off for some reason don’t produce from root cutting at least i’ve tried but they don’t seem to grow from root cuttings unlike the field vehicle but yes very vigorous trees there you are so here’s a sycamore and it’s got a lovely trunk as you can see i cut it there cut it there cut it there so each year i keep cutting and if you now put it in a small pot or bonsai pot it won’t grow so vigorously and in fact this can you see how thick that is you don’t want that it’s spoiling the trunk line get rid of it so that is your bonsai sycamo bonsai so nothing wasted nothing ever wasted on the nursery ah while i was talking about the old tree this is another old tree look at that one rooted in the ground absolutely rooted in the gun i won’t be able to take it off it’s been growing hot within a pot look at that oh look at that look that roots are like a snake sticker all the cheese sycamore seedlings so we will have to get a digger in the winter when we get a digger look at the root on that absolutely like a python snake wrapped around this pot gone in the ground i will make a feature of that ugly root but that’s going to be one hell of a tree so pot within a pot so that’s going to be an interesting project to say the least there’s oak in there tree sycamore trees all sorts in here so all we are after is that thick trunk so i can’t wait till the early spring in february we’re going to get a digger and dig that out while i’m here this is what we call a failure this hylex karnata i imported from kyushu in japan in 1990 and i don’t know why i bought them because i know that they’re not hardy trees so it’s struggled for the last 30 years trying to grow it was an iwakia garden tree but the climate in this country is too cold for them to grow so those of you who live in cold parts of western europe remember that the ilex granata is not a hardy tree so we’ve been around if we walk around the nursery you will see all sorts of odds and ends growing this is mainly my maple area this is what we cut in the summer they’re all going to be made into bonsai what we call haunted ends this is another odd tree this is a nut tree hazelnut these are beech trees we go we go them tall and cook them back so that’s how we make the beach bombs i constantly cut that cut back it’s another good example you can see this tree would have been six foot high two meters tall and i cut it down there new leader grew this year so that’s going to be the new leader and that’s going to be the bonsai so that’s how we do all our bonsai lots of secrets being revealed and while we’re walking around the trees grow so strong here look at that trident maple it was growing in a pot but it’s rooted in the ground and the roots have gone right in in fact it’s penetrated the other tree as well oh it’s gone into that tree so this will have to be taken out a bit bigger so the more you look the more interesting things you find another tried american another tried maple because rooted in the ground and if we walk on the other side i will show you some interesting things okay let’s walk around there okay [Applause] now here i’ve got all sorts of odds and ends growing these are crab apples look at the beautiful fruit but just to show you how vigorous plants are these are some lime trees lime is the tilia and we do make bonsai out of them and this tree and these trees are all left here in the ground that’s the silver birch and when you leave it on the trace the roots do penetrate the soil see this is silver batch one of the few that i go this is what sycamore seedling sycamore seedling see like that we cut it down to there you don’t want all that so that’s going to be an interesting tree like that and uh this is a maple that’s quite interesting but what i wanted to show you is let’s try the maple look at that one come and have a close look at this the roots have just gone through the pot that small pot and gone into the ground look at the root there i can’t get it out now it’s so congested you’ll have to be dug out with a digger and next to it what do we find here look at this one this is a lime tree again another tillia look at the trunk has gone into the soil there has burst the pot so it just shows you these trees are so vigorous in nature you can’t stop them growing you just can’t stop them growing so there are all sorts of gems hidden here and come the winter we will take them out so while they’ve been growing like this nothing is lost nothing is ever lost uh there’s always a time and place and reason for doing things in a certain way so this tall tillia which is about 10 or 12 feet tall it’s done its work i could earlier if i wanted to but it’s so soft wood look at it look at all that lime juice don’t need that [Music] so that’s going to be the future bonsai lime by the way does make very nice bonsai now please don’t confuse it lime doesn’t mean lemon tree that’s the name of the tree oh looks like it’s like a club in after desperation i got it out look at that for a parasite it looks ridiculous but it’s done its work it’s taken the trunk and i could even make this the tree cut that off and have a thick country with a nice taper this part must have been gone only in the last two years that’s all there you go so here we have stumbled across another sycamore i’m going to have a sale in the autumn and these probably will be offered in the sale very cheap so what do we do with this instant bonsai design there you go a lot of people will give the right arm for this tree another instant bonsai these by the way are benichidori with their s-shaped trunks i’ve just spotted another interesting tree which is hinoki cyprus hinoki is a very tricky tree to grow for one thing the ones which are normally produced in europe are grafted onto ordinary chemistry the audience i mean surprise or layla india it stopped look at that ugly root there but sometimes people carve it and make a feature of that so i’ve been struggling to make a bonsai from this for ages and ages and ages but i think it will eventually make an interesting bonsai what the hell let’s take it into the greenhouse and work on this one so this is an interesting thing to do [Music] you

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