Posts categorised: General Interest

Niwaki! Pine Workshop part I

Recently Amelia and I joined Jake Hobson, acclaimed author of ‘Niwaki’ for the part one workshop on two-needled pines. The workshops comprised of two days, one in spring the other in autumn, are focused on pine maintenance. This spring workshop looked essentially

Stunning Styrax japonica

This is a great tree for bonsai and it is fantastic currently as the flowers have opened early and we are rewarded with a great display of white delicate flowers. This is one of a few of this species of tree that we have bought as bonsai in the last few years and have recently… Read more »

The Royal Horticultural Society – ‘Holford Medal’

Unfortunately, Terry was away in America when Reg attended an RHS function in London towards the end of March 2011 and collected the ‘Holford Gold medal’ on behalf of the Federation of British bonsai for their bonsai display at Chelsea in 2010.

Bristol Bonsai Show 2011

Bristol Bonsai Society are proudly presenting their members’ show on Sunday 21st August at Failand Village Hall, near Bristol. See map below for directions.   View Larger Map

Winter wonderland

It has been a fairly harsh start to the winter and reported to now have been the coldest on record since the Met office started recording data. So with that said how will our bonsai trees fair? Here are a few of our members trees in the snow at the end of 2010. They show… Read more »

Bonsai Taiwan Fig tree pruning

For general pruning and to promote back budding on Taiwan figs I tend to prune back to behind new shoots (know as the stipule which is the point at the end of the shoot) and this helps if you want a denser crown with smaller leaves.

Introduction to Ginkgo’s as bonsai

Maidenhair trees (Ginkgos) are also popular subjects for growing as penjing and bonsai; they can be kept artificially small and tended over centuries. They are amazing trees in that they are the sole surviving species of a group of Gymnosperms that flourished 65 million years ago, around the time of the dinosaurs.

Niwaki workshop Topiary course with Jake Hobson

Our first experience of Niwaki, at a workshop in Tendercare nurseries, Denham, Uxbridge www.tendercare.co.uk Jake Hobson demonstrated how to start styling a container grown Scots pine from scratch into a Niwaki with