Today I removed a major branch from this Han Kengai Yew, I replaced with a branch that was to the rear of the tree and brought it around to the front, the old branch was ‘jinned’ and used as a wire anchor. The pot is a virtual image and the pot is by Jack Hoover in the States.
Last weekend I managed to meet up with some of Swedens bonsai enthusiasts, I was met by Torsten Ryman and his partner Eva at the biggest flower show in Sweden where Svenska BonsaiSallskapet had a booth. Over 50,000 people visit the show over three days, when we arrived it was PACKED and there was a lot of interest on the Bonsai on show. Some great examples of trees were displayed and club members were on had to talk to the public.
The next day I visited Bigbrit Ashley Almström and her husband Brian at there amazing house and studio in the centre of Stockholm. Big had the beautiful Maple in the display at the festival, I am sure that everyone will agree with me that Big is the mother of Bonsai in Sweden and she has welcomed may of the worlds bonsai artists to her garden. Its always an honour to visit, and this time it was with my extended family who live in Stockholm.
Morten Albek has a very relaxing voice perfect for introducing you to Shohin Bonsai, that combined with VERY high production values and detailed content make this course a pleasure to watch and understand.
The course starts with a 4-minute video overview of the course contents and from this short introduction, you quickly realise that the course will bring your shohin to a high level.
Pretty much most aspects of Shohin bonsai care and creations are covered including; Repotting, Pot selection, Wiring, styling, display and so much more.
I particularly liked the section on pot choice, Morten humorously stated that as bonsai artists we always buy beautiful pots even when we do not have a tree available to plant in them, this is so true! Did you know that the thickness of the pot wall affects the health of the tree due to heat retention? Morten explains in detail why!
Exhibiting bonsai seems like a ‘dark art’ to the inexperienced this section alone is worth signing up for. You can do that by clicking HERE
Even if you start small, with patience and practise you can achieve astounding results’ – former SAS Commando, Pete Rudland shares his inspiring story of finding greener future. This video is shared from Gardening Australia.
I have had this BIG Yew (Taxus Baccata) many years, this is how it looks today. I have the branch structure in place so over the next few years it’s simply a case of building the foliage mass.