I have collected a few really good English Elms over the years, from this very ordinary looking field bank. The farmer that owned the land had spent many years cutting whatever grew there, down to the ground. Whatever survived this action, had no chioce but to grow through and along the grass.
You should have seen the grin on me chops when this one popped out. Talk about chuffed. As it happens this Elm had so much root, I put it straight in this Albright pot and let it grow away for the year. This picture was taken the following year after its first styling in 2009.
Beginning of June 2011 and its been fed strongly and left to grow and thicken. Time for the second working over the weekend. More to follow.
This is as far as I've got so far but have some time to prune and wire on Friday.
Spent the day wiring and styling today, dodging the showers. Knowing me I'll probably spend the next few days tweaking the placement. June 2011
Even though very little was pruned away, there are buds popping everywhere on the trunks. This has to be down to stronger feeding. Will post some more when its in leaf
And now back in leaf and growing strongly. July 2011
Cleared out a lot of unwanted shoots today to direct energy back to where its needed.
Summer 2012. Some thinning bt back branches left in leaf to thicken.
Winter 2012 and all the leaves have dropped. You can see the extended branches towards the back of the tree that were left in leaf when the rest of the tree was defoliated
Erik Krizovenski made this drawing for me. I think this combination works extremely well.
Thank you Erik. See more of his creations here. http://www.atelierbonsai-element.com/en/
This picture is after the first leaf pruning. I have heard others talking about a second leaf pruning and because the tree had responded so well with the recent warm weather, I thought I would do it again.
A virtual image helps show how the two will work together.
Back in leaf after the second and last leaf prune of the year. I have decided that I will wire again in the Autumn to define the apexes. Then into the new pot for the Spring.