A final stroll through BIB’s 15th annual exhibit

Moving On


Having started my Bonsai Revival Journey in July 2011 I’m glad to say that it continues today with modest success. It’s true to say that I have learnt more about  the training and developing of bonsai in the last few years than I did in all the earlier years of futtering with trees. The main reasons for this are that I am perhaps more serious about the hobby and have learnt a little about simple tree horticulture through regular tuition and training under the auspices of Northern Ireland Bonsai Society. Another significant source of learning has been the massive and very rewarding  information bank that is the internet.

I have also discovered the obvious. That is the fundamental reality that trees respond to feeding. That may seem to some to be so obvious a statement that it is foolish to make it. By this I mean that trees respond positively…

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New Horror Movie

You heard it here first, Jim Carey is starring in a new horror movie where he uses a Makita Die Grinder to hollow out the insides of unsuspecting bonsai enthusiasts heads. He infiltrates clubs and gains the confidence of members. He is even know to gain a seat at the committee table before he strikes 🙂

Ok, not true, but Ben does look like Jim Carey and this photo of him carving in my garage last Saturday is pretty darn scary 😀



Ben was here to play with my carving tools and gain a little experience using same. He spent most of his time on a raw material pyracantha stump but also managed a little work on an Elm and a Lonicera clump.





Stephen came down to give me a hand removing wire from a Larch I have and to make sure Ben behaved.




Always good when you remember to put a towel down to stop copper wire getting into the potting mix.


I played about with a raw Collected Scots Pine. I wanted it to resemble some mature trees near where it was collected. It will take a few years to fill and develope but I think it will make a nice image. Nice bark and better character than the photo shows.DSC_0483



This was the lonicera stump that Ben carved. First photo from a few months back.



An enjoyable afternoon.


Subtle Change

Check out this post over on Centro Bonsai Tenerife, I’m sure Jose won’t mind me borrowing the image to use as a link 🙂

I really like this one. Check out the changes on the before image on the original post, subtle but so important.

More from BIB’s 15th annual exhibit

The standard in this exhibition just seems to go up year on year, well done folks.

The Noelanders Trophy, the demonstations

Choosing Branches for Flow–

Michael Hagedorn

Flow. In bonsai we need it, and we need it early. We have to decide ‘Right’ or ‘Left’ at the very beginning when crafting our trees, or we could land in a real aesthetic pickle. Flow is the direction the asymmetry of the tree moves, and is essential when it comes to linking the future bonsai to other elements, not just in display, but the interrelationships on your benches or posts, too.

This White Pine had some very long lower branches, and so the first part of this adventure was removing them so that the smaller, more promising upper branches could be used in the new design.

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The Noelanders Trophy, the exhibition


Monster Hornbeam Repot

Another quality Video from Sandev.

The Noelanders Trophy, the first three days.