This month there were six entries for tree of the month including Korean Hornbeams, Deshojo maple, Chinese Elm, Siberian Elm and a Forsythia. The winning tree was a mame Korean Hornbeam, followed in second place by a Chinese Elm and in third place a Forsythia.
We are delighted to add some more fantastic prizes to our raffle donated very kindly by Gerrit Lodder of Lodder Bonsai bv and the Hoka-en Bonsai Studio in Harmelen, Holland. They include a stunning Mame Zelkova nire along with a collection of bonsai sundry essentials.
There will be a great raffle at our 10th Anniversary Bonsai Winter Image Show and we have a few more raffle prizes to add to the list including two £5 gift vouchers for Golden Acres Nurseries ltd at West Parley, Ferndown. So thank you all for your kind donations to our raffle and we look forward to seeing you in two weeks time at our show.
If you are looking to increase your bonsai collection then you must check out Marc Bauwens Bonsai Nursery in Belgium. We contacted Marc and arranged a visit and wow did he have some phenomenol trees in stock.
During our recent trip to Holland, we called in at ‘t Veerle in Belgium which is a hidden gem of Japanese Bonsai trees in particular Pinus parviflora and Satsuki Azalea. They also have a large collection of Niwaki garden trees plus Koi too, all set in a great landscaped garden with adjoining resturant.
Recently I came across the new phenomenon of Pop Bonsai, which is a freestyle approach to bonsai to which there are no rules beyond your own rules it appears. It does not follow conventional or traditional bonsai rules, but allows the artist to just create Pop Bonsai however they like, to the extent of their own imagination.
This is awesome, I have seen this miniature set of hedges displayed at many a country show and the detail is fantastic. It is amazing to see what people can do and create with a bit of patience and imagination. One of the purposes of this display is to show the various types of hedge laying styles as these vary from county to county.
It is that time of year again, well it might seem a bit late but we have yet to have a proper winter here in the South of England. It has been so mild that I have delayed taking my Baobab starter bonsai trees out of their pots for the winter during dormancy, as they didn’t appear to want to go dormant.