It was just before dinner time and about to get dark, that I realised that I had to still clean up my working area, from the work I had don, that afternoon! From the repoting of the Hawthorn, I kept the little Alpine plant that was growing in the same pot. This Alpine plant was growing in the roots of a Yamadori Pine I bought in the mid-nineties. From that original plant, I repotted some in small pots. The one that has been growing alongside, this Hawthorn, must have landed there by excited. I don’t like to waste anything that’s alive, especially when it is something so pretty as this plant! So I looked for some pots to put the plant in. When I had a brainwave :), I have some beautiful stones from the English shores, that were given to me, by my dear friend Terry Foster, that were not yet used for anything. So I divided the small plant into two and planted it on the rocks in a mix of Kato clay and Akadame dust. I think they look cool now and I have a good reason to display these stunning rocks as well!
While I was making room in my winter shelter, to get to a Hawthorn I needed to work on, I bought this “Itogawa” Tanuki outside. Now just before dark, I bent, without any wire, some of the new growth, trough and under need the deadwood. So It can grow in the right direction. And I think it is starting to make a pretty image. This way, this beautiful piece of deadwood is not lost, but can still be appreciated in this marriage with the vibrant green Juniper. As you can see in the pictures, it was already dark, when I made them! It was about time to go in, and wash up before dinner, Kato clay makes your hands look awful. I could do with some nice Chinese food and a beer, it was a great Bonsai day! 🙂
I like doing those silly little things, just acting on a hunch! 🙂
Hans van Meer.