I have found a few leaf Gall’s on my Satsuki Azalea. Not pretty to look at and caused by the fungus Exobasidum Vaccinii. Wet conditions helps them to spread. They don’t cause any great harm to the tree. Just remove them before they turn white to help stop the spread in future years. Ugly things, hard to believe that some people actually eat them!!
Here’s a link to Bonsai Basho’s YouTube Channel were Kevin Willson takes you through the steps of carving. Very Interesting.
Kevin Willson Olive Carving Part 1
Mario, a club member from Dublin who is moving to Dubai for a few years has left his collection with me to look after. I have promised to keep him up to date with their development while he is away. Here are a few of them showing new Summer growth.
This Shohin Japanese White Pine was sitting on a box full of grit and has issued roots down through the pot.
This Japanese Black Pine is showing it’s second growth of the year. Very Strong!! I didn’t do the initial pruning, perhaps it could have been held back a little longer to produce tighter growth in the second flush.
And this is a lavender! Never seen one as a bonsai before and Mario has made a good job if it. With 4 weeks of no pinching, we now have a lavender about to flower