Prunus mume (Japanese apricot) is often over looked, not just as a bonsai but as a plant or tree in the UK. This is one of my favourite times of year. The annual winter show has been and gone and everyone is busy repotting for the upcoming season. This is a frantic time of activity as the days start to get lighter again.
The Independent newspaper are running an article on Bonsai enthusiasts in the UK. You may have noted if you were at our winter show this year, Dan Burn-Forti a freelance photographer was taking portraits for the piece and they’ve come out just great. The article is in today’s paper, I recommend you grab
This was our sixth visit to HOKA-EN Bonsai studio also known as Lodders in Holland and once again we were stunned at the superb quality and choice of Bonsai trees for sale. It takes considerable time just to assess the range of Bonsai trees on offer and to pick
The tree of the month competition was well attended and the winner goes to Paul Bowerbank this month for his Siberian Elm. In second place was a beautiful Larch from Dennis Henly and in joint third were a Yew that belongs to Mike Partridge and a Cork Bark Elm of Derek May. There was a good range of species entered beyond the winning trees including a Ficus, Serissa, Zelkova, Privet, Hornbeam, Ivy and Juniper.
This year kicked off with a review and discussion of last year’s events with a slide show of photographs of bonsai trees at various shows. Details and developments of our upcoming Winter Show were also discussed, anybody who has ever organised an event such as this will know the level of planning and detail that you have to go into just to make it work. We have all been putting a good deal of thought and effort to ensure that this year, our tenth anniversary is a special event for everyone.
The judging of this show took an unusual format – visitors were provided with a voting slip and asked to nominate a numbered tree worthy of winning. I think anyone who has been to a bonsai show and questioned the judge’s decision might think this of this as a good idea. I will have to report back to let you know who has won.
We recently received an email from Bonsai Techno, based out of Tokyo looking to expand their network. They are mostly concerned with constructing modern bonsai. Having looked at the site I could not simply leave it at placing a URL on our Links page as the site is both beautifully crafted and contains some fantastic articles on making mini bonsai. I particularly enjoyed ‘How to make mini bonsai beech’ and ‘How to make a moss garden’
You’ll find them at http://www.bonsai-techo.jp/