NVBS 2018 Spring Show

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Mark down the Northern Virginia Bonsai Society 2018 Spring Show as a success. There were beautiful trees on public display, and many folks came to visit and learn more which gave us a wonderful opportunity to share our passion. NVBS even got a couple of new members as a result!

Our photographer in residence, David Lieu, who also happens to be our Vice President for Membership, brought along his camera and took the amazing pictures included in the video below. All credit to you, David! Thanks for letting me share this.

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#Bonsaiupdate: All this Ficus needed was a little sunlight.


This morning after I water my bonsai on my way to the garage I noticed a weird and wonderful sight. At the begin of the turn of seasons I lifted my side shading nets. These were put in place to help with the water restrictions that was enforced by our local municipality. The nets helped my trees to stay damp for longer and allowed me to water only in the morning instead of three time a day as I did in previous summers. The net only allowed 20% of the sun light to reach the trees. This was not good but I had no choice in this matter, it was that or sell trees. So its safe to say that my trees did not do to well this year.

At the start of this week I lifted the nets. The temperatures started to drop into the mid twenties so it…

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#Bonsainews: Growing bonsai for Autumn Colors.


Yesterday was our monthly bonsai club meeting. The topic was how to grow bonsai for Autumn colors. This was an very interesting topic. I was surprised at how this process works and what to do to get better colors in Autumn.

Before we get into how to get brighter Autumn colors. Let dig into what causes the leaves change colors. I always thought that the leaves change colors cause something else gets introduced to the leaves at Autumn. Man was I wrong… We have all heard of Chlorophyll and Photosynthesis. Chlorophyll is the pigmentation in leaves that is responsible for the green color in the leaves. This green color allows the leaf to absorb sunlight and transports this energy to the tree. During this process Oxygen is also released into the atmosphere.

What causes the leaves to change color? In short the color change is caused by the degrading supply…

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#Bonsaiphotos: Bonsai trees in Autumn Colors


On Saturday I posted a blog on Autumn colors. Here are a few extra photos I took for the blog. Its always good to walk through Stellenbosch Botanical Gardens to look at the bonsai collection. The collection does not change much but every time I look at the collection I see something new.

As seasons change the colors of the trees foliage change with it. Here is a link to my blog on Autumn colors.



Hope you enjoyed the extra photos. Please feel free to leave your comments below.



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#Bonsaipotting: Juniper first potting.


I feel a bit over come with emotion today. I potted a Juniper into a new pot after almost a year of just letting it grow. I toke this tree to a friend to discuss the health of the tree and he showed me a few things that can be improved on. The first thing that he mentioned was that the tree was growing but it is not doing well. The soil mixture that the tree was is was not the best. It is to dense so water does not penetrate into the root system and if it dries out there it take a few sessions of watering to get the soil damp throughout the entire container.

Here is a photo of the tree before I started with the potting. I do apologize for the bad photo. I had to take a snapshot of the video to get a photo…

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#Bonsaiwinterblues: The days are getting shorter.


It’s been almost five days now since my last post. It feels like I should apologize for my absence… I have been busy with training. I am taking part in a half marathon on Tuesday and it my tapering week. On top of that it’s a five day weekend here in South Africa as we celebrated freedom day that was yesterday 27 April and the 01 May is workers day. Instead of taking a day of going back to work having a weekend and working again. We have one long weekend. Thumbs up to that.

This past week has been one of the best weeks in this year. We were blessed with rain, not just a few drops but bucket loads. We were not prepared for the amount of rain that came. Streets flooded as the stromdrain systems could not handle the sudden load of water. I was blocked and…

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El Bonsái, ese conocido tan desconocido

Ecologilandia / El Futuro del Planeta en tus manos

Para empezar, este término tiene dos procedencias, una del japonés Bon = bandeja + sai = naturaleza, y la segunda proviene del chino penjíng o penzai que significa pén=Bandeja + zai=cultivar.

Quién no conoce el Bonsái

Después de conocer su posible origen se puede comentar que el Bonsái, más que una planta, es el arte de cultivar árboles y plantas donde se reduce su tamaño aplicando diferentes técnicas que permiten empequeñecer su volumen y mantenerlo siempre pequeño.

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