Washington Hawthorne

Last year I picked up an unmarked tree from my local bonsai nursery. It was very cheap and potted in a 4 inch square. The root spread was interesting and it had a great display of fall colors, something not so common in Southern California. All things considered I decided it would be a fun tree to pick up.

20151216_162623 Fall colors, nice smooth grey bark

The fall colors were equally spectacular this year. Depending on sun exposure you get anything from a deep red to a vibrant yellow and everything in between.

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I decided to plant the bugger in the ground and let it grow freely the entire season

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The tree grew extremely well. I’d say even faster than my trident which was planted in the ground too. Roots established quickly and as soon as runners began the tree took off. After a full season it…

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Deadwood Inspiration

Scratch Bonsai

Shots taken at Castlewellan Forest Park in County Down:


Two things about this part of the tree stood out for me that I understand are very desirable when reproducing deadwood on bonsai trees: The branch has broken along the grain, leaving very defined lines and whorls and secondly, the irregular and very natural looking point of departure from the trunk – definitely doesn’t look like its been ring cut by knob cutters! Colour indicates that it’s relatively fresh damage.


This beech however shows deadwood in the form of shari where a low branch broke off.  Notice the grey colour, perhaps indicating an older injury.  This reminds me that deadwood can be acceptable on deciduous trees but its interesting to see that the exposed deadwood almost matches the bark colour.


Its clear to see the difference between a man made chop and the natural grain of the wood as the branch…

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Bonsai Facebook Pages

I thought I might post some interesting Bonsai related Facebook pages for our members to have a look at and maybe help to spread the good work done by other Bonsai Clubs in the UK.

First one is the page of the Wessex Bonsai Society.



A small club like our own, trying to raise their profile and hoping to attract new members. Please have a look and like their page to get updates of their activities.

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Axarquia Garden Club

Cindy opened the meeting by welcoming two new members to our club;  Linda Dryburgh and Jessamy Bowyer.

It had been suggested by a member that we should wear name badges as although Cindy knows everyone’s name, not everybody else does!!!   Mave is currently making them, so please see her to collect yours and wear to each meeting.

Gill  J., Gillian Wood, Greg and Mave have been assisting Cindy in putting together our 2017 schedule of visits which is almost complete.  We will continue with the 2nd Tuesday of each month except for no meeting in July (as it is normally too hot) and the dates will be on the blog shortly.   The numbers raffle board will continue for 2017 as it is an excellent club fund raiser for our Summer picnic and Christmas Lunch wine!!!!

Cindy thanked Gill J. for bringing the library today as Olga is away and was…

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Bald Cypress Forest 

Adam's Art and Bonsai Blog

We have a tray:

We have some trees:

We have a strong beer:Tray-tree-beer? Will we have bonsai? Seems likely. We might need more beer, even if it is a German one and not Japanese.

Let’s review. Tray:Made by a retired Lieutenant Paramedic from the Orlando Fire Deptartment. He just recently passed away. I never met him but I’m told I would have liked him. A good friend of Rick’s. You’ll meet Rick a little later in a nice video snippet.I love this kind of tray. Too bad it’s not mine. It belongs to the CFBC.

Trees:Five small bald cypress, taxodium distichum, purchased from Dragontree Bonsai down in Palm City, grown from seed by da’ Man hisself, Robert Pinder. I know him and like him. You would too, give him a visit if you’re in the area. I got about forty cypress from him for a Central…

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