Dwarf Allium & Others.

I’d been looking for one of these for sometime now, and whilst I know I could order one over the internet it was never really a consideration. Taking a trip up into the Quantock Hills we dropped in to Triscombe Nursery for just a look around. There as I turned the corner and made my way to the Alpine selection (where else), was a handful of Dwarf Allium. For under £2 one was picked up ready for planting in a pot.

I had one in mind which is a Tony Remington one. Previously it contained my first Echeveria which had been flowering for weeks. I frequently retire a plant to the garden; I’m sure if the plant could think it may well appreciate the move. Fortunately here the soil leans on acid based and just about anything you plant grows extremely well.

I also had some wild violets and a few Rhodohypoxis so just mixed them up some. Has a ‘just-planted’ look but will soon fill the pot. All I can now smell is onions … hence working with Alliums.

TR pot stuff reduced

I’d not had a lot of luck with miniature hostas this year, but came across a pretty Blue Mouse Ears advertised by Bali-Hai Nursery. Free postage on this one and I knew I had an ERIN pot ready and waiting. Bonsai Eejit has recently paid a visit to said nursery; lucky fellow. Check out his wonderful web-blog, be warned though … it is a very addictive site.

Mouse Ears Hosta reduced

I had some Allium left over so popped some into another ERIN pot that was currently empty. Not for long round here though!

Blue wee pot reduced

This next one again was currently empty and I had some spare of this one so for now it really is just about differing heights and colours when viewing these small plants. Also one from Vic at ERIN.

Moss type reduced

Flowering Sempervivums

I use the plural as this ERIN pot I showed a while ago, which was really not a lot more than throw some spare stuff in a pot and see what happens.

I’m delighted the central sempervivums have decided to flower; at least I get a nice display. There are six or seven different kinds in this one pot. 9cm wide x 4.5cm depth.

Mixed sempers

An Update.

I showed the rather nice Tony Remington pot which I was fortunate enough to secure a week or so back. I had no idea what to put in it, which reminds me … of course none of us have ever bought a pot because we just liked the pot .. now have we?

Anyway, they had some reasonably nice indoor Roses potted up in Morrisons; reduced to £1.50 each I felt that would look quite OK in my new TR pot. Not an accent per se, actually far from it; it is however positioned among my bonsai and it is nice to have some colour other than green.

Here it is then and now fingers crossed it survives. Healthy so maybe it will be alright.

Rose in TR pot

Bergeranthus as Accent

I didn’t actually get a lot done yesterday as where I live we are fighting a wind turbine application, so doing all we can to get the infernal thing refused! (And we did get it refused 2015) Anyway I did want to take a break and out came the trusty Canon camera complete with 24-105 L series and see if I can improve. When I say improve I keep slipping back to using the 55-250 lens which although good should not in theory be able to compete against the 24-105.

So two images today. One is a Bergeranthus glenensis which I have reduced greatly to fit this ERIN pot. I’m going to have to stop saying ‘it is one of my favourite pots.’ It would seem I keep saying it! But then this one is .. a favourite. At just 8cm wide and 6cm deep it reminds me of the ‘Harry Potter sorting-hat.’ Internal is quite a bit smaller at 6cm wide x 4.5cm deep. I truly think Vic at ERIN excelled himself (if that is possible?) when he made this one! Anyhoo, enough prattle, here is as above:

Reduced image size Bergeranthus

Medium is the new mix: one part smallest C/L. One part small Akadama. One part Melcourt Propagating Bark and one part Kyodama grit. Topped off with aquarium grit which is Roman Gravel. With such an open mix it WILL be impossible to over water. Yesterday the flower refused to open. A quick water and hey presto as if by magic the flower fully opened. It should keep flowering all season. Flower starts pink each day in the closed position and opens Yellow. Not hardy so if you want to have this succulent as an accent you will need to over-winter in a frost-free environment but not heated.

When I put it back in the middle of two other accents I could not resist a shot. Thank you once again for reading my ‘stuff!’

Three pots

Korean Hornbeam Before & After.

I’ve suffered greatly just recently with pain from this infernal arthritis. But with a beer on the table and plenty of pain killing I decided I could ignore my triple trunk KH no longer. Funny though, it does no harm to let our trees enjoy what they enjoy most … growing.

Anyway, with some help we managed to get it moved for a before image. Bonsai Forum.


KH before in position

Helpers have moved the tree away from the patio and it is seen here stood on a B&D workbench.

KH before trimming


Several hours scissor and cutter work (I had help), much foliage has been removed, and for now the tree looks somewhat more presentable than before.

KH after 5 KH after 3 KH after 2 KH after 1

Thank you for looking and it has been nice to see some decent sunshine. Today here in Somerset the wind has blown itself out and the birds can be heard gently whistling as the sun shines at a nice 21C. Long may it last.

Just A Plant In A Pot

At times during the best months of the year for my hobby of bonsai, I do, as many will know, enjoy hugely mucking about with small pots n plants in the vain hope I can make some attractive ones. Now let’s be absolutely clear here, my accents / kusamono are on a par with what Rita Cooper & Dan Barton have forgotten! If you REALLY want to see some absolutely mind blowing accents read on. If not then I have uploaded an image below to look at.

The 2012 Magical Accent Show near Bristol was amazing; and hint hint I hope we have another in 2014; nudge nudge. Some superb images of Ritta’s accents HERE and some also from Dan Barton and his lovely wife Cecilia HERE. And a few more HERE.

Now I realise the images I’ve included here by link have been seen before, but truly I could not resist sharing once again. Also other than Dan B and Ritta, many other talented people had their very own accents on display. They are all stars. Oh and my mind wanders when I start speaking into this voice activated thingy; I may leave it one day to show you how it writes! Still one good finger to sort those annoying red underlines; I’ve done it again, wandered, sorry all, back to accents then.

And what started this post in my mind, was a pot I have moved a Gypsophila cerastioides ‘Baby’s Breath.’ into. (Who the heck makes these names up? Baby’s Breath??? I’d originally put this tiny thing in a very tall pot but fancied a change. Camera was my Canon with the 55-250mm reduced image size in PSE and slightly cropped. f7 ISO200 custom WB and set on TV settings.

So nothing wonderful, just a cheap wee pot from the garden centre that is not frost proof; so later this year this wee darlin will be planted in the rockery. I personally get great satisfaction from this hobby; one need not be brilliant at it, just so long as you enjoy it, and what you do works for you .. warts n all! Anyway as usual, my thanks for reading, on the basis someone other than me actually does 🙂

indoor pot

Disease on Maples!

I’d noticed two out of three of my Maple trees had been showing some browning to leaf edges. With the ridiculous winds we have endured over since ‘Spring’ arrived I wasn’t really surprised.

I’m normall careful of placement preferring to keep them both in the Gazebo (doors open) which does not take the wind or direct full on sunshine. This year however I found an alternative spot and had been quite happy until …

Over a period of three to five weeks I noticed that almost all the leaves on each tree had started to die off or indeed sit there and just start to go brown from the outer edges inwards; leading me to at first conclude a simple case of windburn. Both by this time were looking pretty darned unsightly so I started to look within the foliage to see if I could spot scale, aphids, or any fungal type disease. I’m hoping it is most certainly not Verticillium albo-atrum or V. dahliae. 

I found absolutely nothing other than a confirmed suspicion that every single leaf on both Maples was the same. Picture below. This was at point of removal. The following images are of both tree leaves, the smaller pertaining to the wee Mountain Maple and the others from ‘Stumpy’ a tree that I have mentioned before and one which I dug up from the garden a few years back. Both re-potted this year.

burnt maple leaf

The following images are taken from both trees leaves and brought inside against a light background to see clearer what I might be dealing with. In direct contrast this image is the other tree. The image above is from Stumpy.

leaf four

Here is a combination of both.

Leaf one

And some further images.

leaf two

leaf five

Now this is over both trees and on every single leaf. I’ve checked and checked and cannot see anything. I have sprayed for any fungal spores but with any potential pathogen it is and can be rather hit and miss and indeed actually more miss than anything.

Being I really do need to know my gut says I have overfed both trees with some windburn thrown in for good measure. I don’t do chemical only organic so really I believe this is actually unlikely. A friend has suggested if I cannot establish cause then send them off to Kew for further analysis; this is actually a very good idea and one I am going to do.

For now then I wait. Both trees are still well alive and I note already producing new leaves from the complete strip the other day. Only time will tell.

Both trees as of fifteen minutes ago.

Mountain Maple strip Stumpy strip

Made Myself A Quick Faux ‘Ji-ita’

John B is currently making me a nice Ji-ita slice for personal use; his skills are simply amazing. For now I had a bit of wood so thinned it down and put a fake edge on to sort of look like bark.

I just want it for standing my wee accent plants on when taking images of. Not sure what wood or where it came from, but anyway, it will do until ‘Big-John’ comes through. When he does I will share the new new slice at that time. For now though my little effort.

Dan Barton pot with Sempervivum.

new slice 2

The slab on top of the monkey pole is the sandstone one that I mentioned t’other day.

Here it is without pot. Oh I prepared at eventual 2000 grit and coated with three layers of Liberon finishing oil. Once each coat had dried I nipped off lightly before applying subsequent coats. Finally with my machine from old vehicle detailing days I used some lime Prime on a 3M finishing pad at 400rpm and then 1000rpm; this has the effect of making a glass like surface and the heat generated makes the coated finish as hard as a rock. If you do machine finish take great care not to burn the surface. Topped of with Dodo wax.

new slice 3

Close up of edges which is simply some Wickes exterior two-pack wood filler. Similar to vehicle dent filler actually but slightly softer. Painted with Humbrol modelling paints and sealed with pigment fixer.

new slice 4

Bit of a cobble up I know but hey ho, it’ll do till John B comes through. Hmmm a poem going on there 🙂

Thanks for looking at my blog and I’m glad that I can once again start up with some entries now I have this voice activated software for typing instead of the arthritic fingers. Sigh, age doesn’t come easy for some. On the upside though the rain has stopped, winds have eased and maybe the Met Office is wrong with its 60mph gusts for tomorrow.

Those Birdies!

I’ll say ‘bless em’ but honestly you’d think they would behave a tad better. I’d made up a nice wee Kusamono with a variety of locally grown (my garden) ‘stuff’ including wee Violas, various sedums and of course moss.

Tis usually the first thing I do when i’ve had breakfast is go outside and check all is as it should be. Today though it was not quite as it should have been! We give them fat balls, nuts, bread water every day; we really do look after our fine-feathered-freinds, and they repay me like this. Grrrrrr.

Walsall pot ripped up


Dianthus to Dan Barton Pot

I felt this beautiful Dan Barton Pot (aren’t they all?) suited this Dianthus India Star perfectly. I purchased the plant by way of a recent visit to Hestercombe House. Virtually all old soil removed and planted into a nice free draining mix. These most certainly do not like sitting in a wet muck.

Several days on now it is recovering well. The image is a Canon 500D and I slipped back into what is still my own personal favourite lens; the 55-250mm.

Accent DB pot