The Twisted Yew AKA ‘The Calligrapher’ Case Study over 12 years

Originally posted on Bonsai & Yamadori from Tony Tickle:
From the moment that this Yamadori Yew (Taxus Baccata) was collected from the wild it had the promise that one day it would be a great little bonsai. It had such a lovely movement throughout the whole of the tree, all it need to have was more compact foliage and a strong root system. I estimated… Continue reading The Twisted Yew AKA ‘The Calligrapher’ Case Study over 12 years

Creating a cascade pine rock planting

Originally posted on Bonsai & Yamadori from Tony Tickle:
Planting a pine tree in the cascade style is not an easy task, selecting stone that has both the weight and interest is important. The stone was collected by my wonderful friend in Bonsai Terry Foster. It is Devonian schist and very old indeed. It is extremely hard and not easy to drill or cut. The… Continue reading Creating a cascade pine rock planting

It’s time to search for those rock birds

Originally posted on Hermanus Bird Club:
? The target birds for the Club monthly walk in March will be that trio of elusive rock birds – the Cape Rockjumper (Kaapse Berglyster),  Sentinel Rock-Thrush (Langtoon-kliplyster), and the Ground Woodpecker (Grondspeg), which is also more often seen on a rock than on the ground. Sentinel Rock-thrush. Image taken at Rooi Els, published on the website Per’s Birding… Continue reading It’s time to search for those rock birds