cotoneaster horizontalis in flowers

some pictures of my cotoneaster horizontalis in flowers


The cycle continues: shimpaku with Bjorn Bjorholm

Nebari Bonsai

Yesterday, Bjorn spent the day in Birmingham and we wired out a shimpaku I bought in 2013. During Bjorn’s last visit in March, 2014, we discussed a plan of attack for this tree; repot into good soil first, grow it hard , and when runners are appearing, prune it back to remove thin, weak growth, long runners, and remove growth appearing straight up and straight down.
As Don received in in 2009:

The tree in early 2010 in a private collection in OK:


The tree after being wired out by Maro Invernizzi in 2010:


Back in Don Blackmond’s nursery in 2013:


In Birmingham; as purchased December 2013:


March 2014. After removing wires applied in 2010, cleaning the wood preservative off the dead wood, cleaning the live vein, removing the awkward lower left branch, and potting into a mix of akadama and lava rock, into a current generation Yamaaki pot:



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Bonsai Ireland

Leinster Bonsai Club

After some technical difficulties, the Hub for all things bonsai in Ireland, is back up and running. If you are already a member, check back in and get involved or follow the blog. If this is news to you then why not sign up to the site and join one of the groups listed by Provence that help bring enthusiasts in Ireland closer together.  Click on the image below to visit.

BI Square

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Scottish National Bonsai Show 2015

Robert Nocher Shohin Bonsai

Yesterday I attended the annual get together of the Scottish bonsai community at the Walker Hall, in the seaside town of Troon in the west coast of Scotland. It was an excellent day made even better by the attendance of  a group of bonsai friends from Northern Ireland and the North of England. I am very pleased to tell you all that our club, the Lanarkshire Bonsai Club were awarded first place in the inter club event for the second year in a row. One of the trees in our display was also awarded best in show; a juniper owned by Maurice Maidement. Unfortunately I didn’t get a good enough picture of it to post here ( Sorry Maurice).

The event was organised by Ayr Bonsai Club ,who did a terrific job, with support from the Scottish Bonsai Association and the classes were judged by Robert Atkinson, a highly respected…

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NIBS Bonsai School

Leinster Bonsai Club


The second NIBS Bonsai school of 2015 is upon us soon. Saturday 6th June 10am to 5pm. There will be the usual sales and swap area for those members wanting to pick up a bargain and we have a packed session for you to enjoy. Tea/Coffee and biscuits provided all day.

For those attending for the first time this year, it will be £25 for the day, those who attended the February school get a discounted price of £20. School is open to our friends in the Munster and Leinster Bonsai Clubs as well.

We have listened to your feedback from the February session and have created a programme for the day to suit your needs and requests.

Programme for June School

Opening Session – looking at seasonal issues since the February School.

Defoliation – A look at why we defoliate trees and 3 different methods and techniques used to achieve different results.

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