Anibal Poublan on Instagram: “Bonsai works Working at #bonsai begginers course.”

Re-potting Some of My Larches

Robert Nocher Shohin Bonsai

The rain stopped today so I was able to go outside and continue my re-potting. The first up was the first tree I ever purchased back in 1999 if memory serves me right. I keep this tree in a small pot so it has to be re-potted every year. This is how it looks at the moment. I’ve probably photographed this tree more than any other in my collection but I never tire of looking at it.


The following trees are ones that have been newly styled or re-worked recently. The next tree was chopped back to 2 branches a couple of years ago. I’ve never been entirely happy with it, the lower branch grew too thick and looked out of balance with the upper branch. I think chopping larch back to single branch gives a far more pleasing result, so I decided to cut it back severely and start…

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Adam Lavigne on Instagram: “A very cute dwarf crepe myrtle from my Sarasota Advanced study group, belonging to Michael. It’s an “all around” great tree, which doesn’t…”

AHBE LAB / Looking Ahead for the Week of March 19th, 2018


Photo: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

61st Annual Bonsai Show
“Discover the timeless appeal of an ancient horticultural art form as the California Bonsai Society presents its 61st annual show, featuring dozens of beautiful specimens created by bonsai masters. The show takes place in The Huntington’s Brody Botanical Center. Additional examples of bonsai can be seen in the permanent display in the Japanese Garden’s Bonsai Courts, where more than 70 world-class trees are on permanent display. Entry to the show is included with general admission to The Huntington.”
When: Saturday, March 24 at 10 AM – 5 PM
Where: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

Night of 1,000 Drawings
“Night of 1000 Drawings is a community fundraising initiative that asks everyone in L.A. to ‘doodle for a difference’ – draw anything, with anything, on anything 6 x 8. All donated doodles will be exhibited at…

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Last Snows of Winter 2018

Michael Coopers Studio

Snowy seatAt the end of February I had started re-potting some of my trees not knowing that winter still had some surprises in store for us even here in Somerset. I think it was on the 1st or 2nd of March that we had the first lot. Not a dramatic amount but fine, dry drifting snow so we had to close the Somerset Crafts gallery at The Avalon Marshes Centre out on the Levels . 

I had managed as I said to re-pot a few trees before then, my little Lonicera Pileata whichlonicera I got from Kaizen in 2014. The nice little Mulbury that,Sue my Wife gave me last year that came from All thing Bonsai near Shefieldmulberry and the small Larch that I bought at Danlitle larchBartons Bonsai day in 2016.

Also the group of three Larches that I bought as bare rooted stock from Ireland  in 2016, which I…

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Naturally-occurring bonsai?! Yes, Itoigawa has them, too…

Itoigawa Inside Out

Spring has come to Itoigawa: the snow is melting day by day even in the mountain valleys, and white is giving way to brown and, gradually, shoots of fresh green. I have even managed to collect a few butterbur flowers, enough to make the local delicacy of “chanmairo miso” (a bittersweet sauce made with the chopped-up flowers, usually eaten with rice), which is the first taste of spring.


However, there is another sign of spring that is special to Itoigawa: the appearance of bonsai outside people’s houses. Itoigawa is particularly famous for “shinpaku”, or juniper, bonsai: there are several professional bonsai growers, but also many more people who grow bonsai as a hobby. In many cases, the bonsai have been in the family for several generations. The trees are usually moved into a shed during the snowy winter, but now it’s warm enough to bring them outside again.

IMG_2914Shinpaku bonsai…

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First Bonsai Experiment


I’ve been incliented towards bonsai since my school days. I tried making my need bonsai biring the 1990’s, those were the days where there was no internet and I lacked resources to practice.

Something struck my mind about bonsai and immediately I checked for bonsai related videos in YouTube. There were pleanty of DIY videos.

Showed the video to my driver and he was so excited to see such a thing existed and he wanted to be a part of the experiment.

We created a checklist to start with;

  • River Rock Stones
  • Redsand
  • Vermicompost
  • Hunt for Neem/Palm/Banyan tree(We were lucky to get good Neem & Palm tree)
  • Clay Soil
  • Cocopeat
  • Bonsai Pot

Though I wanted to be a part of the tree hunt. I stayed our because it being a week day, I didn’t want to waste on my productive working hours.

My driver was handy and we interacted thru…

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Maple Tree Beauty

Pictures Never Die

D7216AF6-B58D-49A9-B14C-832154CCD67AMoms words:  this is the gorgeous maple tree in our friend’s front garden, directly opposite our house. Only just realized this tree was there, so had a great time capturing loads of images of these beautiful red maple leaves “our Emblem Dear, the Maple Leaf Forever”, as our anthem goes.
taken on a foggy day. the cedar tree trunk at the side of this photo is a wonderful tall tree in their garden also

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California Juniper Client Project – Reinvention


Today, we had the opportunity to reinvent an old tree. Seven years ago a client’s collection came up to the Bay Area from Southern California. The collection was in dire straits have been neglect due to the owner’s poor health and the client wanted to save the trees. I am so glad she chose to do that.

When they arrived here, many had not been re-potted for countless years, all suffered from poor soil and poor watering. The first thing I did was to up-pot or emergency re-pot to save the trees. I had to create drainage, unlock the trees from the pots so water could get to the root ball and often did not have a better pot to place the trees in at at that time. As the years have gone by, I have brought new pots for the trees to the client and improved the collection. Trees…

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