Summer blossom

Michael Coopers Studio


I have had this little Pyracantha (Firethorn) since 1987 when I bought it as garden centre stock,changed it from a more upright position to this almost semi cascade shape a few years ago, total height inc pot no more than 8 inches.Blossom just beginning to go off now should have taken photo last week really. This species is subject to scale insect attack sometimes. Please excuse the rustic stand,it is not a show stand,it is just to keep it level on the coping stone covered wall where it usually resides. Anyway Somerset is a rustic old place.Pyraacantha 1 FB

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Some Shohin Cotoneasters in Flower

Robert Nocher Shohin Bonsai

I thought I would share a few pictures of some cotoneasters in development that are flowering well at the moment and bringing a touch of high summer to my benches

The bench in the following picture sits immediately opposite my kitchen window and always displays whatever is looking good at any particular time





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Why we shouldn’t grow trees under trees…

Michael Hagedorn

Generally speaking, mushrooms grow better under trees than trees do. When talking about bonsai, there are a number of reasons not to grow them underneath larger trees. To take just one, there is usually not enough light. The following photo illustrates this poignantly…

tree under tree This is on my morning walk. Three small pines were planted under a large spruce. The one on the left is getting the bare minimum light to be healthy. The one in the middle isn’t getting enough, so it is weak and leggy. The one on the right, in deepest shade and fully under the canopy of the spruce, is dead.

Conifers in particular need a LOT of sun. But even a deciduous tree would be weak if grown under the canopy of the spruce in the photo.

Keep your bonsai in the sun! And then water them.

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My Bonsai

Good advice bud.

Michael Coopers Studio

This is a link to My Bonsai Page on this site which covers my interest in these trees from

Japanese Black PineJapanese Black Pine

my first seeing one in a book as a child, up to the present together with some modest thoughts on tree welfare and the progress of some of my trees over the years.
I hasten to add that though I started growing them back in the 1980s, due to work pressures etc they were somewhat neglected and it is only in recent years that I have taken it more seriously and tried to get them in better order.
So though the years be long I would still only regard myself as a stage or so up from a novice. I just wish I had taken it more seriously a lot earlier, then I would have had a pretty good collection by now and the lack of years ahead would not have…

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