Posts categorised: General Interest

Yew trees as bonsai

The genus of Taxus contains eight species of Yew tree and the two most commonly used for bonsai are Taxus baccata (English Yew) and Taxus cuspidata (Japanese Yew).

Bristol Bonsai Show 2012

Sunday 19th August is the date set for the Bristol Bonsai Society annual members’show being held at Failand Village Hall, near Bristol on. Our very own Terry Adams will be representing Swindon and exhibiting a couple of trees. Guest demonstrations by Simon Temblett and John Trott. Light refreshments and a small sales area will be… Read more »

Bonsai succulents

Some of our club members have a wide range of other hobbies beyond Bonsai. One member in particular had a great weekend at the British Cactus and Succulent Society (Wiltshire Branch) Annual Show in Melksham where he won Best Succulent in Show as well as a range of other classes.

Pine styling demonstration at ‘t Veerle by Abe Kenichi

Here is the Pine tree prior to being worked on by Abe Kenichi at t’Veerle Japanese Bonsai Centre in Belgium. The initial discussion on the Pine during the start of the workshop was firstly carrying out an assessment of the tree prior to working on it and deciding on the front, and in the photograph… Read more »

Bargain sieves at Aldi

Garden sieves went on special at Aldi today (for a limited time) perfect for separating out the particle sizes of your Akadama, Kiryu, Pumice and such like. They are £4.99 each so a bit of bargain, nudge, nudge, wink, wink. You’ll find them here

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).