John Trott Gold @ Chelsea 2017

Massive congratulations to John Trott of Mendip Bonsai Studio for a Gold this year at Chelsea Flower Show with his stunning bonsai display. Here are a few images from his display and the Azaleas were in full bloom. The post John Trott Gold @Chelsea 2017 appeared first on Swindon & District Bonsai.

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New Shohin video tutorials from Morten Albek coming soon…..

New Shohin-bonsai VIDEO events and tutorials to be launched soon on YouTube. In June I will post the first in a series of shohin videos, where I explain case stories, pruning techniques, daily care and more with most focus on Shohin-bonsai. Most from my private garden, showing how I work with my private collection. Also […]

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2017 Repotting:  Kurume Azalea

Nebari Bonsai

This azalea has been very infrequently repotted; 2008, 2012, and now in 2017. Azalea roots are fibrous, shallow, and small. They dry out quickly in the air, so it is important to keep a hose nearby. It’s been in this production-grade Chinese pot for 9 years, and while it was a good fit, it is ready for a better pot.



Except for an occasional aeration and top-dressing, it’s been repotted into straight kanuma each of the last two repots. Here are the roots, combed out; and as expected, even after 5 years since the last repot:


This time, I added a bit of pumice and lava. The automatic watering system seems to keep things just a little on the wet side, and this should dry just a bit faster:


Before the reveal…and just for fun, here is a look back 10 years…2007:

And 2017:

The new pot is a larger…

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National Bonsai Collection

Following on from the Bonsai Boot Sale and FoBBS AGM it was a good opportunity to visit the National Bonsai Collection here at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. It was originally opened in 1993 by Minister Ryuichiro Yamazaki Japanese Consul-General on behalf of the Friends of the National Bonsai Collection and the Birmingham Botanical and Horticultural…

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