Can you smell your Katsura tree?

Bright red autumn colour on a bonsai Katsura tree

One of the most remarkable aspects of this tree, the Katsura is around now for all to smell, it is the wonderful onset of autumn colour and smell which sets the taste buds alight. The leaves as they go into senescence (autumn colour) emit a fabulous scent which is described as that of

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Bonsai @ Kew Gardens

This is one area of Kew gardens I have not been to before, and it is set out behind the new Alpine House in a quiet corner of Kew gardens near the School of Horticulture. It is a modest collection on display but this forms part of Kew’s wider bonsai tree collection.

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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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