So it's not quite the most seasonal set of photos. So what?
Call it an autumn clear-out, when I've been going over the e-mails and photo folders to catalogue all the stuff people have sent me over the year. All photos courtesy of Stef, who came to visit us in the summer with Joke, his other half.
This is the staging where a mix of shohin and bigger bonsai live. There isn't a lot of science involved in our placement of trees - more like finding enough space to fit the things in without using a crowbar. However, if something starts looking unhappy, then a new home has to be found. Take the Trident Maple on rock (upper left-hand corner) and the large White Pine on the opposite side of the staging: they've been in the same spots forever and somehow seem to be doing all right, even if they don't really want the same growing conditions. Somehow their little microclimate seems to work for them, and they've been there ever since.
A section of the central staging showing a large collected Scots Pine, some Junipers and whatnot. And my favourite thing in the whole garden - the Pushpins! Which are actually things that prevent the watering hose from bumping and coiling around the bonsai.
A shadier section of the central staging: another large collected Scots Pine, beeches, oaks and maples. The guy at the very top is a triple-trunked Japanese Maple 'Chisio'. Slightly to the right of him is a Weeping Willow that we have been working on for yonks....and we're still at it. Oh - another Pushpin at the bottom right-hand corner :D