Re-potting My Deciduous Shohin Trees

Originally posted on Robert Nocher Shohin Bonsai:
I take all of my more established deciduous shohin trees out of their pots each spring, not necessarily because they need to be re-potted but mainly to check the condition of the soil and roots. I find that the top centimetre of soil in the pot breaks down quite quickly in our climate, and retains too much moisture.… Continue reading Re-potting My Deciduous Shohin Trees

Latest Oystercatcher and the story of an instant expert

Originally posted on Hermanus Bird Club:
Dramatic images of the plight and rescue operation of thousands of penguins covered in black oil were broadcast and published worldwide in the year 2000 after the bulk ore carrier MV Treasure had sunk close to Cape Town.  Margaret Roestorf began her presentation at the Club’s first monthly meeting of the year with a video showing some of those… Continue reading Latest Oystercatcher and the story of an instant expert

A spook? No, a rare bird

Originally posted on Hermanus Bird Club:
Two Club members saw something extraordinary on an outing to Spookhuis near Stanford on Sunday. It was not the often reported lonely figure of a woman with parasol under nearby milkwood trees, looking like the unhappy heiress who had lived there a century ago. No. After a light lunch at the Spookhuis restaurant, Margie Ogston and Barbara Swart spotted an… Continue reading A spook? No, a rare bird

Fusing trident maple trunks

Originally posted on Adam's Art and Bonsai Blog:
Here it is, the post you’ve been waiting your whole life for, how to make little trees into big trees! Or something like that.? Let me introduce the players:  The trees are?acer buergerianum (trident maple). There are two different growing methods that have been employed here: one was to let them grow slow, so the… Continue reading Fusing trident maple trunks