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Juniper Squamata in Summer

Robert Nocher Shohin Bonsai

My Juniper Squamata is enjoying the warmer weather at the moment and pushing out a lot of new growth. The roots of this tree were severely pruned last year to get it into this stunning pot by Ian Baillie and I am relieved to say there has been no ill effects on the trees’ vigour.


I will let it grow on throughout the remainder of our summer and redefine the foliage pads later in the year.

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Aerial Roots


In 2009 ( a lot happened back then…) I bought one of these S shaped Figs from a very reputable bonsai vendor. (As he now declares that these S-shaped Chinese imports are not bonsai – I will refrain from naming him).  In any case, I always wanted one and I have four now. And quite happy with my bonsai.

This one had some aerial roots already and I was advised by all to cut them off.


It became my mission to have a proper banyan     fig (Yes – I know this is not a Banyan Fig (Ficus benghalensis). Banyan actually means that the fig started its life as an epiphyte and that its seed germinated in a crack of another tree. The true Banyan fig is native to India. They are frequently planted near homes, temples, villages, and roadsides and is often a meeting place for the community. People would gather in…

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Hundreds arrested in global crackdown on wildlife contraband

ICOM NATHIST Wildlife Trafficking Working Group

Museum professionals trying to come to grips with the scale of risk of their collections might well pay attention to the scale of the problem of wildlife trafficking itself. Earlier this month, an enormous crackdown on illegal wildlife and wildlife products shines a light on the scale of the issue.

 AFP/AFP/File - Workers put ivory items on a sliding belt before being destroyed in Beijing on May 29, 2015
AFP/AFP/File – Workers put ivory items on a sliding belt before being destroyed in Beijing on May 29, 2015

From Yahoo! UK A global crackdown on wildlife trafficking has netted “huge” amounts of whale bones, rhino horn, ivory and other contraband, leading to hundreds of arrests, European and Asian authorities announced Thursday. Operation Cobra III saw police in 62 countries swoop on suspected wildlife smugglers between mid-March and May, European police agency Europol said in a statement. The operation, which was “the biggest ever coordinated international law enforcement operation targeting the illegal trade in endangered species” yielded “huge amounts of…

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