Congratulations to Reg and the team on their gold medal win at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. It’s great to see all the hard work has paid off.

 

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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

Sutton Bonsai society Show entrance
Sutton Bonsai society Show entrance

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

Image following 3 months pruning of the crown to develop a more compact form
Image following 3 months pruning of the crown to develop a more compact form

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

Hollow centre of trunk where cambium fuses on stems but inside hollow
Hollow centre of trunk where cambium fuses on stems but inside hollow

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.

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