Stunning Place to Live

What a stunning lump of rock we live on. Pity we seem determined to feck it up!

Stolen Trees – Sad Story

I spotted this over on Mike Jones blog Bonsai Passion. It’s a link to a news article about trees being stolen from an 87 year old man in England. Sad to read an article such as this. What sort of human would do this?

Stolen Bonsai BBC News Lancashire 

First Swallow

I always look out for the first Swallow each year. Always try and spot one before my Dad but that rarely happens. As I keep this blog as a diary I thought I would add a note now as I seen the first one this year today. Funny how seeing a bird makes you happy, made my day 🙂


These Sparrows have been doing a grand job of keeping on top of the insects on a few of my trees. Supposedly on the decline in the UK, my garden is full of them. That’s great until you moss a tree for a show :-/

Bonsai Art of Japan Episode 25

As we have come to expect, here is another excellent video in the series, this one concentrates on the pruning of Japanese Maples.

Worth having a look around this Nursery in Korea, some fantastic Hornbeams.

Nichigo Bonsai

This is the final post about the Korean Bunjae Museum in Seoul (Part 1)(Part 2). The following photos are from the largest green house on the site which was mainly filled with the trees belonging to the owner of the Nursery.

There were literally thousands and thousands of bonsai inside the huge green house.

All the trees were sheltering out the winter under cover due to the low temperatures the area experiences. As a result the green house was quite cramped, In a strange way this was quite good as you really had to hunt around to look at all the tree.

Throughout the collection there were many trees that were a little unusual. Some of these unusual characteristics were due to the fact that they were collected trees and others were grown in ways I was un familiar with.

One such tree was this exposed root forest…

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More Accents

I’ve been splitting and potting up more accents. I wanted to make use of a few pots I got at the BSA exhibition.

This is a Lichen with red flowering trumpets in a Suteki pot.

Some Japanese Horsetail, also suteki pot.

and another suteki pot with an unknown plant, answers on a post card please 🙂

 All still to mature but I’ll keep you posted.

Yamadori Pine Collecting Video

I managed to take a few video clips during our bog hopping exploits last week. I’ve thrown them together for my pleasure and hopefully yours 🙂

Malus in Flower

Malus just reaching it’s peak of flowering.


I caught up with an old friend this week. Robert Porch is in N Ireland seeing family and called with me. Robert taught me a lot about bonsai and is probably one of the most understated, under estimated bonsai artists in the UK.

He brought a selection of accent plants with him and we managed to do a few swaps.

Some of the trays of accents available.

I got my hands on a dwarf Astilbe.


Hosta, he had about 7 varieties with him!

Dwarf grasses