The green lidded one for confers, the white deciduous…apparently
Photos courtesy of Mark Cooper
Congratulations to Mark & Ritta Cooper for their success at this year’s Noelanders Bonsai Show. They collected a First prize Shohin Award, a Nomination as well as a BCI Award of Excellence Medal for their six tree shohin composition. Out of one-hundred and eight exhibits, they were the only UK exhibitors to win an award. A well deserved achievement for excellent displays.
The Gateway was first created for the Japan-British exhibition in 1910, a replica of the Karamon of Nishi Hongan-ji, Kyoto and then later restored and reconstructed for the Japanese Landscape at Kew in 1996. This covers five-thousand square metres and contains three garden areas built to compliment the Japanese Gateway named Chokushi-Mon (Gateway of the Imperial Messenger).
Contrary to the opinion that nothing really happens in the garden at this time of year, I recommend a visit to Kew’s Japanese gardens. This is the perfect time to appreciate the many different hues of green and the deep saturation of colour the wet weather provides. The moss growing on rocks and anywhere else it likes, looks at its best and we were also treated to an Iris in flower. A perfect escape from all the Christmas shopping.
You can find more information about this here
An interesting article in The Dendrologist magazine…
Rock Dust Fertilizer – Scottish quarries are supplying 420 million year old volcanic rock, ground up and packed in 10kg bags, now being sold in B&Q for £5.98 as ‘Verve’ soil improver. It contains ‘the full suite of nutrients’, as marketing director Jennifer Cook proclaims. Rock dust has long had its fans in the permaculture movement to re-mineralize soils. Humus is also important and it is interesting to realise meadows hold about 1-2kg of dry plant biomass per square metre, whilst forests hold about 30kg. With more layers of plant structure, trees, shrubs, tall perennials and ground cover, the more habitats and food sources are available to animals.
Verve soil conditioner available from B&Q here
We visited Kew’s bonsai collection earlier last year but could not resist going back for a another peak at the winter image.
B&Q are currently selling these JCB Tool Rolls, good value for £5.98. You find them here