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New Bonsai Perspectives in the Air?
Over the centuries bonsai has seen changes from early Chinese penjing through the many stages of Japanese bonsai. Once
introduced to the western world, even more innovations have appeared.
Talk of the Show
In January 2014, Tony Tickle posted this picture of his "calligraphy" bonsai on his blog.
He had recently displayed it at the European Noelanders Trophy and it had been somewhat controversial. I looked at the photo many times before making up my mind ... I like it!
Before you decide,
read the story and see the full display.
A very interesting bonsai event is coming to Yogyakarta, Indonesia, this fall, October 18-21 2014.
From Around the World
The International Bonsai & Culture Biennale
From the brochure for this Indonesian event: "This is the first bonsai exhibition ever done with new presentation concept to accommodate creative and innovative inspiration, to collaborate bonsai art with other art forms, because we believe art is a living thing and has no limit in conveying messages of the creator. . ."
A Day in the Forest -
The Ocala National Forest may seem an odd location for a bonsai nursery, however David and Linda VanBuskirk have made it a unique treasure ... not to mention the scenic routes to get there.
Peter Tea Comes to Florida
The weather was ideal for an outdoor gathering and it was a pleasure to observe Peter sharing his knowledge.
I followed Peter's blog while he was in Japan, so I knew how talented he was. His instructions for "how-to" kept everyone's attention. Each tree was a lesson.
Bonsai-Mary Gets Mail
"Mary, here are the soil pictures of the Chinese elm ... the soil has what looks like 'poop' in it." - Bob and Kathy
My Response: What you are seeing is indeed "poop" - worm poop. Sometimes people think worms are good for the soil. They may be good in the garden, they are NOT good in a container.
The easiest way to get rid of them, is to place the pot in a 'sink-like' vessel. Fill the sink with water up to the very top edge of the pot. Let it soak for a few hours or even overnight.
Worms can drown. To avoid that, they will rise up to the top of the soil and you will see them. Then you will be able to remove them. (This one-time soaking will not damage your tree.)
Not long after, I received a note saying "The worms are coming up!"
Dr. Parul Madia,an ophthalmologist in India sent me a note thanking me for Bonsai Banter and sharing his numerous types of bonsai. He expressed that "time and temperature are a big challenge."
He also sent me some pictures. It seems the hot, dry climate in Ahmedabad (western India) is perfect for his succulents such as Portulacaria afra!
New Bonsai-Mary Pages
This little item to the left is recommended for everyone!
See why this and several other nifty items are listed on the
Bonsai Tips and Techniques page.
Another new page - If you have any outdoor growing space, be sure to read
Growing Bonsai Trees in the Ground.
And one more new page. I visited the Kanapaha Botanical Garden in Gainesville, FL recently and the dwarf pyracantha were blooming throughout the garden.
Their beauty encouraged me to write about
Florida Bonsai Convention -
May 22-26, 2014
BSF convention details
Featuring Enrique Castano, Ed Trout and Peter Warren
Exhibit, Demonstrations, Workshops, Sales area
Location : The Florida Hotel at At the Florida Mall, Orlando
8001 S.Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando FL 32809
Congratulations Chris Baker!
Chicago Botanic Garden bonsai curator Ivan Waters has retired. The new curator is Chris Baker.
Chris worked at the National Collection in Washington D.C. and spent one year apprenticing with Mr. Tohru Suzuki in Okazaki, Japan.
All the best to Ivan and Chris!
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