My bonsai garden

Parviflora Bonsaï

Hi! Last week I showed you a few trees from my bonsai garden. Since I have around 80 trees in total, here’s a few more.

On this table I put my conifer shohin. Below, you can see a Japanese yew on the left, a Japanese black pine var. Kotobuki in the middle, and an Itoigawa juniper on the right. I know, the itoigawa doesn’t look like one. I went to hard on it this spring, and now it has a lot of juvenile foliage on it.

Same picture here, but moved 1 bonsai to the left. On the left you can see a future semi-cascade Japanese black pine shohin. The project was originally started in a workshop with Yves Létourneau from bonsai enr. The project was to make a shohin black pine within 6 years. I am currently in the 4th year. I don’t think the tree will be finished…

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My Bonsai Europa 2017 Album


Flickr Photo Album – Bonsai Europa – 2017

For those who where there during the build, part of the team and part of the break down team I Thank You.

As part of the team myself, I appreciate the dedication each of you guys gave to the task itself and to helping each other!

The show itself was packed with detailed trees of a high quality. Inspiring others to strives to better themselves their techniques and their trees.

Here are some of my favourite photos: the rest can be found inside theFlickr Folder.

Bonsai Love! Bonsai Wales!

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Another Olive Stump Begins the Journey


This is a typical wonderful day here in Santa Clara, CA. Lovely afternoon to work on trees. Late September is the final time to set up my olives for winter growth. I had one last olive stump to open up. Originally the base of a 6′ tall wild growth, it has been reduced over the years. I have kept it cut back to create foliage near the stump itself. Years ago none of this material existed. Prior to wiring out the stump looks like a weird young tree with all the branches reaching for the sky, similar to all the young trees you see for olive harvesting as you drive south on Hwy 5. The goal of today was create depth, open the tree up for fall/winter sun and begin to give it a bonsai style. It is wired with copper wire in a caged fashion that will not bite…

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October Odds and Ends


October 1 brings a noticeable change in light on the trees. Soon the focus of work will change to re-potting but I took this day to catch up on some trees that were in grow phase.

There was the Peruvian Pepper tree trunk that has been in development for years, trying to find the correct way to develop branches where they need to be on this little truck. The challenge is that this is a little stump and the leaves tend to grow very large and long. My experiment is to reduce leaf size and develop new ramified branches. Now years latter, I finally go it to where I could do some wiring.

Peruvian Pepper tree. Years in development trying to get branches to develop where I wanted them to be. Wired it up and trimmed.

My Mendocino Pygmy Cypress tankui has been features several times. This summer it has…

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Defrosting after Winters Chill

Montane Bonsai

Tasmanian winter is finally coming to an end here in Collinsvale. With that said, we have had more snow two days ago and a heavy frost again this morning to start off October.

The trees are finally starting to wake up. The sassafras have produced an aromatic flush of early spring flowers accompanied by the Acacia and Hakea, which are splashing warm yellow beauty on the bonsai benches. These signs bring hope of golden summer days to come as this adopted Tasmanian begins to defrost. The native trees on the other hand have happily enjoyed their winters rest.

As we have just begun daylight savings time, I am writing this post and sharing a few photos to reflect on the beauty of this winters experiences. Both in the bonsai garden and hiking the mountains, I continue to find the wispers of inspiration.


Creeping Strawberry Pine (Microcachrys tetragona) enjoying the…

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Tokyo – Day 1 Omiya

Cooking Across 4 Generations

Waking early I headed down stairs for a Japanese style breakfast buffet, checked the weather forecast, partly cloudy, high of 33 Celsius with high humidity expected. Back in the room I made sure my cameras were in order(empty memory card and fully charged) then it was out in to the wilds of Ginza and a short walk to Shimbashi Station via Doutor Coffee Shop. Even though I had a coffee at breakfast I really needed a cappucino…oh and a Mont Blanc while I was at it.

IMG_1013 (2) Cappucino and Mont Blanc – Cafe Doutor

Over breakfast I had decided I really wanted to revisit Omiya to see the Bonsai Village again. Platform 6 at Shimbashi is the one required for the JR Keihin Tohoku line. Takes close to an hour, but it is fascinating watching the city go by and then before you know it you have left Tokyo Prefecture and…

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Exhibition By Bonsaigroep de Butuwe

Bonsai Eejit

I was delighted to receive these photos from my friend Harry showing bonsai in his clubs Bonsai exhibition in The Netherlands. He’s letting me share them here for all to see. Some great trees on display. This is a small group of only 10 members which makes their display all the more impressive.

For more info click HERE to visit their Facebook Page.

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I love plants but not all of them!

Reema's Garden

There has been a overwhelming liking towards Cacti and Succulents these days. I just don’t understand why! As far as I can see, people love them only because they really don’t need to be watched over. They are fine if you water them once in a week or 10 days. They are fine irrespective of whether you place them indoors or outdoors.

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My point is if you’re looking for that kind of convenience, gardening isn’t the right thing. The entire purpose of Gardening is to develop a relationship between you and plants. And what kind of relationship are you building if you’re watering your plant just thrice in a month?


Cacti is meant for the areas where nothing else can grow. Why would you keep it at your home when you can grow a lot more beautiful set of flowering plants? But again this is just my opinion. You don’t have…

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