2 Cotoneasters in Flower

Robert Nocher Shohin Bonsai

Here are some pictures of 2 cotoneasters in development that have come into flower this week.

The first one was re-potted in spring with a slight change of angle to make the tree more upright.


This is how it looked last autumn.


I have been developing this 2nd tree for about 5 years. It was re-potted into the green pot last year and since then growth has been slow. I may re-pot it into something larger this week to speed up its growth..


It is 1 of 2 shohin trees made from the stump shown in the next picture.


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You learn Something New Every Day

Bonsai Eejit

Well, you should strive to at the very least. When I was offered the chance to review Bonsai Empire‘s latest joint effort with Bjorvala Bonsai Studio, ‘Bonsai Intermediate Course’, I was keen to learn and intrigued as to what the course contained.

Is there a place for this on-line learning concept within bonsai?

Would I learn anything new?

Is it good value for money?

The course is available here  from today, but I’ve been able to check out the content over the last couple of days and form an opinion. The deal was I’d be honest in my review, this isn’t a free promotion and Oscar was happy with that. After all the hard work put in by Bjorn and him, they are  probably confident in their product.

I think the best way to describe the course is to walk you through my experience of using it. I had already…

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My Anniversary Acer – a Progression

Michael Coopers Studio

acer 30april 16 BlogHaving put up with me for fifty years this year my dear Wife Sue decided to mark the event by giving me a bonsai tree. Off I went then to the Swindon  Bonsai Society Show on 28th Feb, very handy that as we were visiting my daughter’s new home near Marlborough that very week end, instructed to choose something myself that I would be pleased with.

Just as well I had suggested that week end for the visit.

Acer  SwindonAnd I was very  pleased to find another member of our Club there, Jon who is a professional forester, to hold my hand whilst I spent Sue’s money. There on Lee Verhorevoort’s display
I found just what I was looking for a really nice little Acer,  Kashima a dwarf , dense foliage variety but then in bare winter form of course.
When I got  back to our daughter Jo’s new house later  that afternoon with my…

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