Hawthorn Progress


I am pleased with the progress of this informal upright hawthorn. I have deliberately potted it into a deep pot to allow better root development and improve ramification.

The tree is growing well this season and to date this year I have only pinched back a few leading growth tips on twigs that have thickened enough. I intend to give it its first real trim in a week or so and this should help further ramification.


In time this tree will get a much better pot.

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8th World Bonsai Convention in Saitama City, Japan– Part 3, Shohin Bonsai

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There were a great number of beautiful shohin and mame bonsai on display, many of unusual species. Each of the display compositions was well executed.


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e US National Shohin Bonsai Exhibition were they will be displayed in a unique venue. Additonally, workshops with superb plant material, lecture/demonstrations, auctions and a critique will be held. Join us! More information can be found at:



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8th World Bonsai Convention in Saitama City, Japan– Part 2

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The 8th World Bonsai Convention is now history and could probably be never repeated again! Especially in Japan. I asked numerous officials of the Nippon Bonsai Association if they can do it again…. next year. EVERY one of them burst out laughing, loud and said “I’m tired.” The were wrong with the estimated number of visitors too. They expected 20,000 visitors for the four day event, but ended up with OVER 40,000 people. Even on Sunday noontime people were waiting in line.


This morning Kora Dalager’s and my tour of 26 people from Australia, England, Switzerland and the United States begin a week traveling around the country visiting private and public bonsai collections, the Tokoname bonsai kilns as well as other scenic and Japanese gardens in the country.


One thousand bonsai in training by elementary students in the area display


Spring is the worst season to display bonsai indoors…

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Juniper Squamata First Styling

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Today I carried out the first styling of a Juniper Squamata, which was dug from my garden 3 years ago


The next 2 photographs are a reminder of how it looked immediately after it was removed from the ground


This is how it looked after the removal of some branches and a re-pot in 2016


This is how it looked at the start of todays work, the top has filled out well in the past year. I have decided that this side will be the future front of the tree. As I looked at this image, I felt that the top of the tree was too straight and there was more foliage at the top of the trunk than I needed to complete the image I was aiming for.


This is how it looked when the work was completed. The foliage was removed from the top of the trunk and…

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