This year we helped again on the bonsai stand at Chelsea which was again superb and it was a pleasure to be able to visit and take in the delights as well as spend time with Reg and Terry on the Gold medal winning FoBBS stand. Continue reading
The build up to Chelsea is months of preparation with making the stand and all the elements of the display followed then by a very busy three days building the display up at Chelsea. Reg Bolton of Swindon and District Bonsai Society and his team of supporters aid with this process and here are some of the images of the build provided by Graham Stubbs. Continue reading
The Wessex Show was as usual an excellent show with a good standard of bonsai in the competition and here are the winners of each class from the Show. Continue reading
Sutton Bonsai Society held their show today at the prestigious RHS Wisley Gardens, Surrey. There was a good amount of admiring public as the show was included within the entrance fee at Wisley’s gate. An on-site RHS conifer specialist took the time in the morning to walk and talk us from the show, out to the Pinetum and back through the walled gardens. We enjoyed a very friendly atmosphere and the chance to catch up with friends about the progression of spring here in the UK. Splendid displays, friendly club, great time of year, the cafe round the corner was tasty, superb grounds – this show had a lot going for it. Continue reading
Experimenting with creating bonsai is a great way to learn, and I happened across a reasonably priced plaited trunked Ficus in a garden store last year and wanted to find out a bit more about how they actually create the plaited trunks so I bought one to find out.
Below is the stages following purchase through to repotting to understand how they make them. Continue reading
Have you ever tried to fuse the trunks of trees, and if not why not? It is great fun to try out different species and so far I have had good success with Ficus as they seem very adapt at fusing trunks particularly Ficus benjamina.