I started my bonsai hobby back in 2006 after starting my career in arboriculture since around 2000. I have enjoyed the 11 years of the hobby so far and it has presented a whole host of learning opportunities for me which has aided my career too.
My favourite tree species for bonsai is the Korean Hornbeam but I enjoy working on my Taiwanese Figs the most as they seem to provide the most rewards for the time span. I mainly have shohin and mame trees with a few Chuhin and lots of garden trees too.
I have a mixture of bought trees from various trips to Lodder Bonsai in Holland but have also enjoyed the fun of growing your own from seed and cuttings.
What I like most about bonsai is growing miniature versions of trees and sharing the knowledge with others and I get a lot of my inspiration from nature and looking at ancient and veteran trees. I am still learning all the time and I would like to understand the ficus more as a tree species and potentially go and visit more of them in their natural environment.
My least favourite tree for bonsai is the Azalea, no matter what I do I cannot seem to keep these looking great. My first ever bonsai was a ficus and it was Sally who got me into bonsai in the first place.