It’s been two days since our club visit to Josh Reynold’s Garden and I’m only now getting around to posting the photos from the day. To busy soaking up the sun and watering trees!
Our visit started with setting up the tea and coffee for the arrivals of the others. I managed to run around and take a few quick tree shots before the rest arrived. Josh was still running around pulling weeds and watering his trees. I brought my son with me to record the tour, and once the weather turns wet again, I’ll spend a little time editing the footage and get it up on YouTube for everyone to enjoy.
Here’s some of the trees.
Garden Tree Larch
Mame Lonicera (he does do small ones!)
May son earning his wages.
It was great to watch everyone reactions to seeing some of Josh’s bigger trees sitting in his driveway. We had several new members with us who hadn’t experienced Josh’s bonsai before.
Once everyone was gathered up we had a little surprise for Josh. We gave him a Bonsai 30 T-Shirt for hosting the visit and made him an honorary member of the club. As a founding member and also after his very generous donations to the clubs auction, it seemed only right.
Josh is a self taught bonsaist and all of his trees were collected by him, grown from seed by him or were garden centre stock. No Japanese Imports insight.
He started his tour talking about the history of each tree and how he developed it. We even got a chat about trees that were in the ground, but you can check this out on the video later. Here’s some tour photos.
Pay attention Kris !
Talking through trees in the ground.
Talking through the development of the big Korean Fir.
Look up it’s Air Lingus. He was actually pointing out the trees near him where he collected the seed for many of his bonsai, but Air Lingus did frequently break the tranquil setting during the tour. You’ll hear that on the video no doubt.
His Contorted Hazel that was exhibited at Bonsai Europa last year. Now has a chair leg being used to reposition the apex. Josh is the ultimate improviser.
Moving round the back of the house we get to see the beds where he develops bonsai in the ground. He apologised for the mess but I don’t think anyone even noticed as we were all peering under leaves to see what was in there.
Two of his best bonsai, both beeches, are back in the ground to encourage more vigour. A real pity they won’t be available for Bonsai 30 in September as they would for sure be show stoppers.
Peering into the foliage we can see his work in progress to develop branch structure with taper.
A great morning. More images can be found on Futterwithtrees blog as Michael was also busy with his camera. Videos coming soon.
A big that you to all those who supported the day. One member drove 150 miles from County Rosscommon to see the trees! What a cosmopolitan bunch we are with Scots, English, Swedish, American and even the odd Northern Irishman thrown in.