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Orchid fantasies and bonsai grandeur at the 72nd Philippine Orchid Society show

Collectors Connection

Orchid and bonsai lovers will be very happy to know that there are a lot to see at the ongoing Philippine Orchid Society show at the Hardin ng mga Bulaklak ( Flower Garden) within Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City.

The show is in partnership with the Quezon City government and with generous sponsors Del Monte- Philippines   , Villar Sipag Foundation 


bonsai and plant enthusiasts from Republic of China ( ROC/ Taiwan) which were invited by Mr. Manuel and Susan Lee.


A colorful cultural dance presentation by the students of San Vicente Elementary School of Quezon City. This is a precursor for the upcoming Flora Filipina International Show in 2019.


L-R Mrs. Norma Villanueva ( PHSI president) and Mrs. Gloria Angara ( wife of Senator Edgardo Angara )

The show started with a colorful lion dance past 4:00 pm last March 8 with hundreds of invited guests from different…

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Fertiliser Cakes for Bonsai

Bonsai Ceramics

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It has been a strange summer weatherwise on the Central Coast of NSW. Humid, lots of storms and rain with wide fluctuations of temperature. Not a great growing season for bonsai but my trees have grown nicely, assisted by these soybean fertilizer cakes. Joe Morgan-Payler gave me his recipe while here demonstrating in September so I have used them all season.

Joe Morgan-Payler is a great bonsai demonstrator. He has the ability to impart knowledge to the beginner and the advanced bonsai artist in the same session and he is very generous in sharing his knowledge. Thanks for the recipe Joe.

Fertilizer cakes for Bonsai from Joe Morgan-Payler

10 cups blood and bone

10 cups soy bean meal ( or any high protein meal)

½ cup molasses to help bacteria breakdown

Mixed up with Charlie carp or seaweed extract to make to a paste – approx. 3 litre

4  teaspoons trace…

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Bonsai Week, Canberra, March 19-25, 2018

Bonsai Ceramics

I will be exhibiting my latest pots at the Bonsai Week Bonsai Pots exhibition at the Australian Bonsai and Penjing Collection in Canberra. I will be manning the exhibition Friday 23rd 9am – 12pm and Saturday 24th 1pm -4pm so come and say Hello! I am also bringing  some pots for sale.

Here is a preview of my latest pots fresh out of the kiln.

triple glaze 18 x 18 x 14cm

Unglazed BRT 18 x 18 x 14cm

Oval- KRM magnesia 20x16x6cm

Oval double glaze  21x17x5cm

OX Glaze 17×4.5 cm

double glaze 17.5 x 3.5 cm

Distressed  17 x 6 cm

BRT distressed 20x18x6cm

BRT Oval 20 x 18 x 6 cm

Tomato red 30 x 26 x 6cm

Carved 17 x 4.5 cm

distressed multiple slip

Oval, double glaze 21 x 19.5 x 6 cm

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