last week I made some pictures of my small Hawthorn Yamadori that I collected many years ago with dear friends Tony Tickle and Terry Foster in Wales. Up to now it is almost always shown on the web and in shows without any foliage….so here it finally is with its Summer foliage!
And a close-up of its nicely ageing bark.
Below: I know that just like me many of you use different kinds of plastic tubs or pots for your pre-Bonsai! Most of those containers have some sort of rim around them on top! When we need to secure a recent potted plant or tree in one of these containers or when we need to pull down a branch with wire, we have a problem! That is then solved by making some holes in those rims with scissors, knives or power drills to run the wires through and secure them! This is often hard work that needs to be done in exactly the right place to work and it means most times that this container can be used a second time because it is weakened! Well here is a simple solution that prevents this and makes it possible to adjust the wire when needed! Cut a 3MM up to 5MM (old piece) of wire to length and with a plier bent it like in the picture below! Secure your (in this case copper) wire to it as close to the needed length as secure it! Now if your wire is too short or too long and your branch needs to be bent more or less, just slide the hook you have made to the left or right side! Simple but effective! And those hooks are reusable so handy in your toolbox when you need them the next time!
Below: this is how it works! More bend to the left! Less bend to the right! And no harm to the container!
I hope you like the pictures of my Hawthorn and that this is a helpful tip you can use sometime?!
Hans van Meer.