Literati Yamadori Hawthorn Bonsai Development

Described as ‘a wizards staff’ or an ‘elegant dancer’, I’m excited to work on my yamadori hawthorn literati. I have to do some work on the primary lines, and also looking at some pots ahead of repotting in Spring 2021.

Just salivating over the pots don’t mind me what’s happening everybody it’s darren here this video i’m going to be showing you the work that i did to my yamadori literati hawthorn bonsai go look at some pots ahead of spring and also i want to show you the progress that my portulacaria aphra or dwarf jade bonsai has been making inside the mars hydro grow tent also only a small percentage of viewers of my videos are actually subscribed so if you end up enjoying the video please consider subscribing it’s free and you can always change mine later but first i think we’ll get the portulacaria aphra do that update and then we can move on to the hawthorne [Music] here she is then gotta be honest we’ve had a few things go a little bit wibbly wobbly but generally it’s grown pretty well it’s produced lots of shoots and where we’ve cut back we’ve got some good back buds forming we’ve had some new shoots developed where we chopped it so it was doing pretty well actually and i’ve been really pleased with its progress um then the mishap kicked in i had a couple of mishaps actually um i noticed that when i was watering water was pooling underneath the pot so i raised it up off the ground and i think i raised it too high and it was too close to the light which was too intense for too long and what we started to see is these shoots they started to sort of they’ve not flopped down that’s almost as if they’ve decided to try and grow away from the light so it’s too intense to remedy that i’ve i’ve used a couple of bits of wood to raise it off the ground but not so high that it’s too close to the light i also adjusted the light touch so it’s not quite so intense that’s the really good thing about the mars hydro it’s got that adjustment so you can tweak it what else did well i think i’ve been over watering as well it’s been kind of tricky to get to know how much water it wants in this environment which is quite warm and dry so i think i was kind of over compensating so we have had quite a lot of leafs drop and i did say that that was going to be my my metric if you like for assessing how successful we’ve been with the grow tent and the grow light but it’s not the grow light’s fault at the moment it’s user error still plenty of time for me to pull it back really dial in that watering oh the other mishap i had i was moving stuff around and i dropped the the timer plug i didn’t realize until a few days ago but it got stuck on so so it had a bit too much light which again i think is probably why it’s um choosing to grow away from the light again these aren’t drooping because it’s wilting it’s you know it’s rigid it’s just going oh gosh it’s like a vampire too much light anyway so the mars hydro ts 1000 so far i’ve got no complaints complaining about myself all day but no complaints about the ts 1000 the mars hydro the grow 10 have all done sterling job and i’m excited to see what happens in the future once i’ve got the watering and whatnot dialed in and i replaced the timer plug anyway so yeah i’m happy with the train i’m happy with the grow lights all going well a bit annoyed at myself but what can you do it’s a learning exercise at the end of the day we’re all learning learning’s okay mistakes happen that’s how we learn we learn from mistakes but yeah the grow light’s brilliant ever so easy to adjust set up it’s dead easy yeah absolutely love it um i would if i had i didn’t if i didn’t have one already i would definitely buy one and i think i’m gonna start a dwarf jade farm right i’m gonna pop this one back into the grow tent zip it all up nice and warm and snug and then let’s have a look at what work was done a few days ago on the old literature hawthorn oh and i would also love your opinions on some pots for the hawthorne because i will i will definitely this year be repotting it in the spring so look forward to your feedback on that the first thing i’m going to do is really quickly whizz around the tree and cut back some of these really long spiny branches that don’t end up losing eyes that would be the ideal if i could keep all of my eyeballs intact that would be fantastic in the previous work on this tree i selected the best front and viewing angle and i wired out the branches that we had give them a little bit of movement and i put them into positions that felt like they could contribute to the design in the future and then just let them grow so feel free to go back and check out the previous video if you’d like to see that work and some of the dis why i made the decisions that i’ve made to get to this position that we’re in today but for now let’s go ahead and start making some of the structural decisions the main thing that catches my eye is we’ve got we’ve got a bit of inverse taper developing here and this it’s caused by this branch being on the inside of a bend so removing this is going to leave a space here and i think i can always reposition this branch to help with that so that’s always an option right i’ve warmed up the hoodie’s off come on let’s get on with it all right here we go lovely okay so we’ve got quite a bit of the shoulder left intact there so i’m going to very carefully i’m just going to very carefully come in just whittle a bit more off so we can get nice and snug to the shoulder just a bit of cut paste just to keep that nice and snug removing this branch is a really easy decision i don’t like it at all um and i’m gonna take this one off right now because it’s you know clouding my judgment of what to do in this area so let’s just cut this one off so on the end of this small branch we’ve got this big old knuckle it’s something that hawthorne are quite prone to as they send out multiple shoots from the same spot we can get the formation of these knuckles so i’m just going to cut it out i’ve eaten quite a long way into the shoulder of this branch normally i wouldn’t do that but because of the big knuckle i’ve decided to really really go into that piece cut out the inverse taper so i’m just looking at this area now i think in terms of the bar branch here i think we can get away with it for the time being so the next thing on my mind is the branch that comes down here i really just think it’s it’s kind of weird the way it’s doing that it’s coming from the back of the trunk and coming back round it’s at a funny angle um the movement’s a bit awkward so i’m going to cut that branch back clean up the lines in this area and then we’ll turn our attention to this branch down here okay so we’ve got a couple of pieces that we can transition to i think i’ll cut back to this piece or maybe we’ll eventually cut back to this bit we’ll see how it goes see how the tree responds but for now like i said let’s just come in and set up that transition all right let’s just see what that’s done then it’s still visible isn’t it you can still see this thing hooking and interfering visually with this bit you know i might cut back to this section here i think what i’m going to do is i’m going to cut down there transition to this bit maybe wire this somewhere and see how that looks i need to come in with the saw i’m going to need to be quite careful with this one it’s quite a lot going on in this area so i’ll have to be careful take it slow i don’t want to mar the trunk or accidentally chop off that going branch that’s capped nearly there there we go going to very carefully clean up the uh cut edge of the cambium i’m not looking to i don’t want to whittle away a great big load of material just clean up that very top edge of cambium then once again a little bit of cut paste you know the score by now there you go look at that that’s much better much cleaner much more tidy flows better doesn’t have a big weird branch coming all at weird angles happy with that yes loving that that looks way better the next thing i want to turn my attention to is this branch here it’s heading off backwards but i really just don’t like this visual loop that we’ve got from the front yeah that’s not really doing it for me i’m going to cut back to some buds we’ve got just here all right let’s have a look at that nope now you’ve still got that loop still causing us outgrow so i’m going to cut back further still let’s cut back to them let’s go back to here a little bit fiddly let’s take the thorn out of the way just obstructing my access just a little bit okay right let’s try come in just like so and lovely all right how’s that looking okay i’m still not completely convinced that we need this branch uh but i won’t remove it just yet i’ll make that decision once i know what’s going on with some of these pieces a bit more okay this branch is what i’m looking at next it’s outside of the silhouette at this length so i just need to decide where to cut back to uh i think if i cut back to these buds here that’s about the right length and it also gives us some nice upward buds to use so with this branch i’m not sure if i want to keep it going in this direction or come back now i don’t want it coming back this way do i i tell you what i’ll cut back to one of the first nodes well this i know is too sh is too long it’s pretty straight so i’ll cut back to the first note on that piece as well these two pieces this piece and this piece visually are just crowding this area out um i mean this is pretty pretty thick and coarse for where it is on the tree it does have some movement but um i think overall yeah let’s uh let’s take that off now um it’s quite yeah i’m going to come with the saw with this piece just going to do my best to stay outside of that collar again are we looking good okay let’s do it [Music] let the saw do the work there we go i’ve been thinking about repositioning this piece with some wire just somewhere around here and cutting it back shorter so that it doesn’t visually interfere with this piece here but actually do you know what i think i’m going to cut it back yeah let’s do that i’m going to cut it back let’s see where should we cut it back to just there’s going to do it just a tiny dollop of callous mate i’ve removed much more than i thought would be necessary but when you really look at it and you make the first cut and you notice other issues as a consequence you just gotta especially when you’re building deciduous you just gotta go with it make those choices take the hit and hopefully you’ll end up with a better tree in the future so all that really is on my mind now is a bit of wiring to a couple of pieces here and i want to reposition this branch up just a bit higher and also cut it back because it’s longer than i think we want [Music] [Music] so [Music] this water [Music] right there we go that’s the pruning and the wiring done obviously i’ve cut quite a lot more off than i intended to at the start i think we’ve reduced it down to the primary lines we want to keep i’m still not completely convinced with what we’re doing with these two pieces here uh depending on where you’re standing they do kind of get in each other’s way but i’m gonna keep them both and we’ll see how that develops sometimes especially with deciduous trees i think it’s just the way you go when you have one big decision to make what we did with this branch all of a sudden the knock-on effects you see different angles it opens up space you get a clearer vibe you get a much more clearer idea of what’s going on and sometimes you just end up taking it back to the bare bones all right let’s look at some pots then oh my god right i’ve got several pots for this tree oh pots got a couple of nice pots here by the way before i show you these pots and get your opinion on these pots just wanted to say i’m sorry i haven’t been making any videos for the last couple of months it’s been a while it’s been longer than i thought actually i had a bit of a run of bad luck i had an unexpected bill from hmrc a tax bill it’s not because i’m filthy rich it’s because i forgot to pay a 28 quid charge a couple of years ago and i’ve been accruing fines for not paying it in time that hurt badly then the truck was in for mot a couple of ball joints but it was a bit of a mission to get them replaced so that cost my other arms and legs oh we’ve got a string of plumbing issues in the house oh my god so that cost a small fortune you know i’m not all about money but you know it’s been a bit of a rubbish year really hasn’t it and then to have all these bills come at once um it just got too much you know i suffer from depression and anxiety since i was a kid anyway but to have all this pile on top i just couldn’t bear i couldn’t bear to do anything um but this is why this is why this is why we do bonsai right because when you’re working on a tree you just your problems disappear you’re just there in the moment it’s just you in the tree thinking it through it was a dark time uh but but i’m here now and i’m you know i’m back i’m cooking on gas right that’s enough i’m rambling let’s do it pots so shape wise i’m pretty sold on going for the round uh you know with the literary which you can have a nice small crown and it being pushed right off to the side with that heavy asymmetry i think a round drum or a round pot that’s fairly small and allows this centre of mass to be outside of the perimeter of the pot it’s just really going to give that beautiful aesthetic that we know and love from a literary yes right let’s have a look at the pots then so i’ve got i’ve got this drum which was made by ian bailey of scotland oh i love this pot okay beautiful it’s just such a beautiful pot this i absolutely adore it i had to buy it as soon as i saw it from alex rudd of european bonsai potter’s collective oh beautiful uh yes anyway just uh salivating over the pots don’t mind me it’s got some some gold hues with uh touch of blue green peeping through the days i think one of the things i like best about this poison just the beautiful studs sometimes you see studs on a drum that look a bit slap dash you know you can see where they’ve been attached and worked and whatnot but the studs on this are absolutely perfect and then the other part that i only picked up about i don’t know a week or so ago is this pop by holden ceramics gavin holden he’s been making bonsai pottery for a while mostly for himself and friends and he set himself up a nice web store and he’s got some beautiful pots on there and when i saw this one i just adore this color just such a stunning color very loud my only question about this one is will it be a bit too loud for the tree i guess we’ll just have to wait and see on that but i’d love to know what you think so yeah these are my preferred two but because of the suspected uh awkward root that we’ve got under the soil there i’ve also got a couple of larger pots that they’re nothing to look at they’re just a bit bigger just in case we need that extra size so the first one is just this uh fairly simple beefy looking errand yeah for externally it’s not much bigger than the other two parts but it’s just got just a little bit more depth and just a little bit more room internally in case we need it and finally if this one still isn’t big enough we’ve got this one from spring woods nick payne so this one’s on the big side it’s not it’s not as deep as the air in but it’s wider in case you need some extra width i don’t really think the glaze or the text i suppose the texture is okay you know it kind of echoes the trunk a bit but the color of the glaze i don’t know i’m not really fussed on the color of this one so shoot me a comment let me know which one you prefer we’ll go one for the turquoise holden two for the bailey three for the airing or four for the spring wood let me know i’d love to know your thoughts because springs are coming

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