Accents @ Bonsai World 2011

Following a great evening workshop last month on accents by Ritta Cooper at our last club night, I have a greater appreciation of accents and how they are created and can be used to enhance the bonsai tree on display. I therefore took a greater interest in them today at the Bonsai World 2011 event at Crawley Lesiure Centre 

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Taiwan Fig problems

Taiwan Fig in June 2011 suffering from Mealy bug and scale insect pre defoliation

In June this year I noticed that the leaves on one of my Taiwan Figs were going yellow and usually this is part of the normal process of leaf shedding and renewal so I wasn’t overly alarmed at first. However, I began to notice that this was happening in greater quantities than normal and across the whole tree and this was more of a concern.

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Kusamono and Shitakusa by Ritta Cooper

 

This was an excellent evening, with 27 club members in attendance to hear Ritta Cooper talk on Kusamono and Shitakusa followed by a really fun active participation demonstration to create your very own Kusamono and Shitakusa.

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Might of mites

Aculus ulmicola

Aculus ulmicola (Elm gall mite)

Elm gall mite is a common problem and none so more than on our bonsai Elm trees where it can be more than just an aesthetic problem. Identification of this mite is fairly easy as hard pale swellings containing microscopic mites

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Malcom Hughes talks on Maples

Malcolm Hughes 'Maples'

Malcom Hughes gave a very informative talk for our club night and I managed to gleen 10 pages of notes from the talk and here is a summary of the main points that were discussed regarding maples.

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Swanborough Conifers

Swanborough Conifers

If you want nursery stock conifers for bonsai, particularly unusual and rare varieties then the place to go is Swanborough Conifers in Woodborough near Pewsey. It is owned and run by Mark Harvey who is a master of grafting

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Baobab tree as bonsai

Baobab tree

I have recently come across yet another fascinating book by Thomas Pakenham on the most remarkable Baobab tree and for all those who have an interest in trees, this is one very special tree. It is a living monument,

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Propping trees

Propped red pine

Propped red pine

The Japanese approach to nature is awe inspiring particularly in the way that they manage and prune trees. It allows for the creation of visual imagery that is unsurpassed in designed western landscapes today. One of the most intriguing techniques observed during a trip to Japan,

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