Josh’s garden visit in full Colour.

Josh’s Garden Visit In Full Colour –

Bonsai Extravaganza


Saturday morning saw about 20 members of Northern Ireland Bonsai enjoy a bonsai extravaganza in one of our members’ garden. As part of a fund raising exercise for the upcoming Bonsai 30 show later this year we visited Josh’s garden to see some stunning trees.

Josh has been doing Bonsai for some 30 years and is completely self taught. His collection of local beech trees is amazing. Most if not all of his trees have been raised and trained in the ground and even when they eventually get into a pot there is no guarantee that they will stay there. He often puts them back into the ground, with careful supervision,for a year or two to help them regain lost vigour.

He generally doesn’t deal with small trees. The average size is over 2 ft and his largest speak for themselves as the pics show.

This was a super spectacle…

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Montreal Botanical Garden and Bonsai Trees

Living Outside The Box

Montreal is on a roll with nice, warm sunny weather, though we hear this summer is going to be unusually hot for the city. We have noticed that the sun is a bit stronger here. I am usually cold in 70-degree weather, but it feels hot here like it’s 80 plus. And with it being warmer, the city feels more polluted. Today we have smog warning with high levels of pollutants. This came as a surprise to us, and we’ve chosen to stay inside to wait it out. Nevertheless, we are enjoying the contrast from the city’s frigid winter. But hey, at least we can say we survived Montreal’s brutal winter!

Last Sunday we visited the Botanical Garden. Located near the Olympic Stadium, the garden and park are an oasis away from the smell of exhaust and cigarettes of the city. We really enjoyed our day there roaming the gardens…

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