I have been collecting Prunus Spinosa and Crateagus.

Hi followers of this blog and more! I tend to work on the ‘virtual’ side of bonsai and yamadori when I am not working on the ‘real’ side… so I am sorry that its been a wee bit quiet here! RIGHT NOW I am in the thick of collecting Prunus Spinosa and Crateagus. I have collected a LARGE amount trees in the last 10 days, and my farmer friend brought his tractor to help remove this big tree! (that’s cost another bottle of wine!) have been very busy potting up. I have almost finished my Poly Tunnel, all it requires is a warm day (expected soon) and the plastic will be going on. So watch this space and expect a flood of trees soon.

Swindon Winter Image Bonsai Show 2012 report and Video

The Swindon Winter Image Bonsai Show 2012 has fast become a high point in the UK bonsai calendar. 2012 will go down as a milestone in UK bonsai excellence as the quality of display, excellence of trees and enthusiasm of the host club was truly superb. AND it was busy, I do not know the actually numbers through the door but there were a LOT of people at the show… it was also a great meet up of may of ‘the guys’ (and girls) from the UK Bonsai Scene… definitely THE place to be.

I had a speaking slot where I described the evolution of my Large Escallonia, John Armitage did a Shohin critique workshop and Ritta Cooper waxed lyrical about creating Kusamono and Shitakusa.

I was particularly pleased to have a compliment from Nobu Kaiwara about my cascade Prunus Spinosa, he considered it his favourite tree in the show, in particular its ‘natural’ styling and aged character… nice 🙂

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Over 100 trees were display in all their winter glory and 11 prizes handed out at the end of the event.

  • Best Shohin display was by Mark & Ritta Cooper
  • Best Mame display was by Bob Bailey
  • Best Conifer was the Chinese Juniper that was owned by Martin Shepherd
  • Best Deciduous tree was the Trident Maple by Mark Cooper
  • Best Chuhin was the Elm of Will Baddeley
  • Best Visiting Society was the Artistic Bonsai Circle
  • Best Accent sponsored by John Trott was by Ian Warhurst from Wirral Bonsai Society
  • Best in Show was the Trident Maple of Mark Cooper
  • Best Tree/Pot combination was the Pyracantha by Mark Cooper
  • Best individual Shohin award from the British Shohin Association went to Paul Hunt of Swindon & District Bonsai Society
  • Special Merit award was given to Wirral Bonsai Society

For a photo record of the winners take a look at Swindon & District Bonsai Blog

Repotting a Prunus Spinosa

Bob came over today and we spent the morning repotting a few of my trees. Having an extra pair of hands makes the job so much easier.

This is a Prunus Spinosa that I collected on my 50th Birthday… it’s called ‘Fifty’ and it has been in this pot for 2 years. This Beautiful Duffett pot was fine to ‘bring on’ the tree but not a good choice as it is way to ‘chunky’.