Posts categorised: General Interest

Pop Bonsai

Recently I came across the new phenomenon of Pop Bonsai, which is a freestyle approach to bonsai to which there are no rules beyond your own rules it appears. It does not follow conventional or traditional bonsai rules, but allows the artist to just create Pop Bonsai however they like, to the extent of their… Read more »

Bonsai hedge

This is awesome, I have seen this miniature set of hedges displayed at many a country show and the detail is fantastic. It is amazing to see what people can do and create with a bit of patience and imagination. One of the purposes of this display is to show the various types of hedge… Read more »

Update on Baobab as bonsai

It is that time of year again, well it might seem a bit late but we have yet to have a proper winter here in the South of England. It has been so mild that I have delayed taking my Baobab starter bonsai trees out of their pots for the winter during dormancy, as they… Read more »

Pest alert for Pines

It is not only the Oaks you now need to watch over closely but also your pines too. A new threat to pines is present in the form of Pine Processionary moth (PPM) (Thaumetopoea pityocampa).

Tropical bonsai trees (Indoor bonsai)

Within the UK, most bonsai enthusiasts keep outdoor bonsai trees and by this I mean they keep species of trees as bonsai that are acclimatised to the weather conditions of the UK. Native species of trees are frequently used as well as more hardy non native trees that make excellent bonsai specimens.

Root over rock styles

Recently there have been some fabulous examples of root over rock styles at bonsai shows throughout the UK and some excellent examples were present at Heathrow bonsai show this month. This technique of planting the bonsai over a rock or even clinging to a rock is not an easyone to perfect and to be convincing

Can you smell your 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

Niwaki! Pine Workshop part II

It was over to Jake Hobson for another Niwaki session today. This was the second of the two-part training programme, following up by working on trees we had decandled earlier on in May this year.

Taiwan Fig problems

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… Read more »