Getting into the Spirit

British Shohin Bonsai

It is with some considerable delight that we announce that there will be a British Shohin Bonsai show in 2016, run in conjunction with our friends at Sutton Bonsai Society.

Entitled Spirit of Shohin 2016, the show will be held over the weekend on April 2nd and 3rd 2016, and will offer members and public a chance to see some of the foremost shohin bonsai in the UK.

And even more excitingly, the venue for the event will be RHS Wisley Garden in Surrey.

It is something of a feather in our cap to be able to run our show at such a prestigious location, and we hope that it will mark the start of a long and profitable relationship with the UK’s foremost horticultural society.

Plans for the event are in a very early stage of development, but the organising team are already working towards making…

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Hail!

One of those days, if you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes!! Had a few heavy hail storms today,. Most of my maples are still tucked away but a few Tridents will probably have damaged leaves after this.

Kusamono in New Pot

I was gifted this pot a few months ago. A truly stunning pot from a wood fired kiln [Anagama]. I have planted it up with various plants but will take a good year to fill out.  DSC_0795

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Workshop County Clare

In efforts to spread the bonsai word to all of Ireland, we now venture to Bunratty in County Clare. This time we add a new partnership to the mix with the newly opened Bud Garden Centre. The Munster Bonsai Club guys, as usual, are pushing to spread the art of bonsai and this time around we move from County Cork, right up to Clare. This gives a great opportunity to any bonsai interested folk in the west to take part. On the edge of Connaught, we open up a new portion of Ireland to wee trees. If you are reading this and are thinking of taking the plunge, be assured that none of us take ourselves to seriously, and that the main aim of the day will be to play with wee trees, make new friends and learn in an enjoyable friendly atmosphere. As a wise woman once said, “Go on, ya will, ya will, ya will” 😉

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Magic Ceramic Pots Added

I recently updated and added a few more pot to the Magic ceramics Accent pots page here on the blog. Give it a look here.

These are a few from the selection.

MC126 £6.00

MC126 £6.00

MC128 £4.00

MC128 £4.00

MC123 £4.00

MC123 £4.00

MC112 £10.00

MC112 £10.00

MC115 £5.00

MC115 £5.00

MC109 £6.00

MC109 £6.00

MC100 £4.00

MC100 £4.00

MC098 £6.00

MC098 £6.00

MCO98 £4.00

MCO98 £4.00

MC096 £6.00

MC096 £6.00

MC097 £4.00

MC097 £4.00

MC113 £6.00

MC113 £6.00

Another One!

You’d think I’d have enough plants for accent/kusamono, but apparently not! I was at a local Garden Centre on Saturday with my better half for a coffee and spotted a few plants in the Alpine section that took my fancy. A nice Dwarf Aquilegia, Primula and a Mazus which I’d never heard of.

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After a little poking and splitting and a few Magic Ceramic pots, this is the results. I have a few set aside for future use as well.

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Primula Accent

Robert Nocher Shohin Bonsai

Primula “Linden Storm Cloud” in a Walsall Ceramics pot

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Summer workshop

Munster Bonsai Club

Good news for all bonsai lovers. 20/06/2015 in “BUD” garden center in Bunratty

Just across the road to Bunratty Castle   9 am – 5 pm. Workshop with Ian Young  and Phil Donnelly.

All very welcome. contact Piotr 0867705560

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Azalea revisited.

Great to see this, the book was one of my first and was an inspiration to me in the early days.

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This little azalea some of you will remember if like me in the early days the Book by Colin Lewis was a must. 

 

The little azalea that featured in the book is owned by a good friend of mine. He purchased it direct from Colin at the wisley hall where we had our show last week. The book first published in 1993 said it was 3 years in training, if it took a year to get to print and it was about a 10 year old then it’s around 35 years old now. Here it is in the book.

 

Here it is on display at the show, change of front now but still a good nebari.

 

  

  

  

I wonder where the next 30 years will take this special little tree.

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