How do you enjoy your bonsai? In this video I do a talk about my own way of enjoying bonsai, and about aesthetics. Please enjoy. 🙂
In this first episode in a new video series, I explain some basics about Shohin Bonsai.
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.
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 […]
I nickname a few trees after the pros who have worked on them. I have a Ben Oki azalea, and a Peter Warren Black Pine. This is how it looked a year after I bought it from Brussel’s in 2010. And during the initial styling; where my daughter was a lovely and able assistant: Taming […]
I have more than my fair share of cascade and semi cascade bonsai, here is a selection of the smaller ones photographed today including Yew, Communis Juniper and Olive. They are all still in development (maybe the olive is finished) They are super trees to work but difficult to transport to shows, typically I have […]
Unlike last week’s azalea, this fella is on an annual Repotting cycle. It’s been in straight akadama for the last few years, and the root system is doing very well in it. I take my time on this tree, combing out the roots carefully, and then hosing out the soil between; repeating the steps several […]
Midway through repotting a procumbens juniper, I found that the center of the rootball was dry. This is common when a tree has gone too long without repotting. Even heavy and frequent waterings – or incessant rain – may not be enough for the water to soak the entire rootball. Rootball with dry center Finding…
This was a busy show. Visitors were streaming through the door constantly all day at Sutton’s Show. This is an excellent time of year to hold a show. All the trees are pushing hard, the foliage looks fresh or the buds are swelling and the trees looks full of promise. Suiseki display The British Suiseki Club…
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:
The new pot is a larger…
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