24 Hours to Bonsai in Leinster

Bonsai Eejit

Well, we are almost there, only 24 hours until the first meeting of the Leinster Bonsai Club in Balbriggan.

Phil and I are popping down there for the evening, should be good craic with a reasonable crowd going, if everyone turns up who says they are going.

Exciting stuff seeing a club get off the ground again in the biggest city in Ireland. Great potential. Phil and I are offering support on behalf of the Northern Ireland Bonsai Society as well as going for our own fun and enjoyment.

A few of those attending have asked for a few sale trees to be brought so we will throw a few bits and pieces in the van but we are also bringing a tree each for display. We are hoping most people attending will bring a tree with them to make the night a bit special.

If you are planning on…

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Stolen Bonsai Toronto

Bonsai Eejit

Sharing this post from Lakeshore Bonsai

Stolen American Larch Bonsai

This old American larch (tamarack) bonsai, along with two others, was stolen from a private collection in Toronto on June 23rd, 2014.

If you have seen this distinct bonsai, please contact the owner Elisabeth Leslie ewleslie[at]icloud.com

Stolen American larch bonsai.

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Short Film – Four Seasons of Japan

June Meeting MBC

So on the 23rd of June which is also Bonfire night in Cork, we had the June meeting of the Munster Bonsai Club. A small gathering but a gathering none the less. And peter back from his honeymoon, Congratulations.

Heres the substitute room ready for the night.


Now with a few of the lads after arriving.



It didn’t take long before we moved the operation outside.


Piotr looking fine and relaxed, again 🙂




Peter tipping away.


And now some of the trees we worked on during the meeting.

Piotr’s Trident Maple



Peter’s Black Pine


Mark getting the lighting just right 🙂



Mark’s Beech grouping. Still deciding which is the front. Option 1


And Option 2. I like this one.



My little juniper got a Jin.


Mark’s Silver Birch, which he grew from seed.


And Piotr’s Little Pine. looking lovely


So it was decided that we would meet during the summer to keep our club alive 🙂 We will be meeting next on the 14th of July.


Spring cutback

Pinus Mugo Update

So i bought this Dwarf Pinus Mugo from a local nursery in 2013. I had my eye on this nursery for a while as they usually have good stock. There was a lovely Scots Pine there but a bit on the expensive side, so decided to pick up this mountain pine as it was nice and cheap.

I know Pinus Mugo have a bit of a bad reputation as bonsai but I have read they are quite easy to train and style. That said i also have heard that certain cultivars are touchy and can react badly to training. So all that in mind i still think its worth a go. Here are a few pics i took today (summer 2013) in the Irish sunshine, something which is quite rare.


Used this bottle as an indicator to the true size of this Pine.


A few different angles004

Another angle003

And another


One in the sun033

Trunk with moss024

A few different views for possible styling028

Decisions decisions ;)

So at the Munster Bonsai Club workshop January 2014 I got a chance to get started with styling with this tree, just ran out of time to finish the wiring but thanks to Ian I got a good head start.

Heres a before shot


And heres the after shot


So now we are in June 2014 and i decided to remove the wire as it was biting in, and re apply some nice new wire.

Here is the tree with the wire removed


Before wire



And after wire


A little pad


And fully wired


De-candling and Stuff!

Peter Tea Bonsai

De-candling and Stuff!

Now that Summer is in full swing, we’re moving away from the deciduous into the Black/Red Pine work.  During the Summer is the time we start to de-candle the many Black/Red Pines we have here at Aichien.  For new and seasoned Bonsai enthusiast, the concept of de-candling can be or still be confusing and misunderstood.  Black/Red Pines in general are more difficult to work on because of balancing issues and one of the most difficult trees to balance.  In this post, I’m going to talk about the concept of de-candling, when it’s applied, the results and the other details surrounding the concept.  I will also talk a bit about cutting back and thinning of the tree as well.  Of course, I’ll be sharing some pictures of the process.  This is by no means the definitive guide to de-candling which is normally best taught by a trained and…

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Japanese Black Pine : Part 2 and 3

Here are the other two videos from Bonsai Focus on needle reduction and care and maintenance.