I received my the calander from my club this month, and was extremely excited to see that we have Robert Steven heading down our way for a couple of workshops, demonstrations and critiques in April. Robert is an artist I particularly like, especially his work with Casurina’s and also his beautiful windswept styling.
Now, I have the minor problem of having nothing to take into the workshops! Everything I have currently is either too young to work (my native’s for 10years away) or has already been worked recently. Granted, I don’t have a whole lot of Bonsai as yet, but I wanted to avoid biting off more then I can chew…. which doesn’t seem to be working, as it turns out I can chew a lot!
So now I am on the hunt for stock, and who doesn’t like looking for new stock!? So my hopes, which are limited by availability, is to get my hands on a tree that I can transform into a windswept style with Robert, which I’ve always found quite an appealing style. Unfortunately, its not easy to find good stock where I am, as Bonsai Nurseries aren’t in great supply. I also would really like to get my hands on some native stock, which I am finding next to impossible to find any decent material in store. My passion is 100% natives, however I find I’m buying Juniper after Juniper as I’m not able to find anything else that is suitable. It should be noted that Juniper’s are my ‘go to’ if I cannot find any natives, I’m still a beginner, so tend to stick with what I know whilst I’m still in my early stages.
So far I’ve been to a couple of nurseries already, but have either been too poor (am in the middle of an expensive dental procedure) or they have just not had what I’ve wanted… or they do have what I want, but not at a price that I think is reasonable. So I’m going to try a few of the smaller bonsai nurseries that are scattered around, and see what I can come up with. In all honestly, I think I’ll end up paying for the pricey ones, as there really isn’t too much out there for me to choose from.
Whilst writing this story though, I’ve had the idea of utilising my club for assistance in finding stock. The Bonsai Society of Western Australia has some truely awesome members, and I think if I ask nicely enough, one of the members may just have what I am looking for. Alas, probably not native though.
So, my hunt for natives continues! I’m sure that if I had my license (long story) I would definately not be in this predicement, as it would open up the world of yamadori’s to me, but hopefully that will be sorted this year.
Not really a whole lot happening this month, I’ve done some minor work on my bonsai, removing the wire from a few done last year and potting up a couple of tubestock natives (Mel. Preissiana, Mel. Incana, and another Mel that I can’t think of). Next month should be a bit more exciting, as I will be recording my efforts in doing a ground layer on a nasty ficus I have. I potted it up into a large pot on the weekend, so once the roots take hold I will attempt the layer. The nebari of the tree is a mess, with a lot of twisted and rotting roots, so I plan to do the layer just above that, so that I can keep a bit of the taper. I also have my Bill Valavanis workshop cascade to pot up to a bonsai pot. Stay tuned for those progressions!