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A TIMELY REMINDER: MONDO MONSTER

Working on a neglected maple forest last week reminded me of Lee Wright’s warning about mondo grass in a previous newsletter. The under-plantings in this setting were totally overgrown and needed radical thinning or removal. Military grass, violets, miniature ivy […]

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ILLAWARRA SHOW

Last month the Illawarra Bonsai Society held its annual show. What a pleasure to see so many beautiful trees expertly displayed. The two show days were extremely well attended, showing a genuine desire to see quality bonsai after a twelve […]

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SEASONAL PINE WORK

If you haven’t already, now is the time to prepare your pine trees for their spring growth. Maintenance now sets the tree up more even candle development in spring through balancing the energy of the tree by directing the energy […]

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COLLECTING MOSS AND CREATING TOP DRESSING: Andy Bello

As bonsai practitioners, we are always thinking about the past, present, and future aspects of our trees and the environments in which they live and grow. We constantly plan and prepare for the next step in the wonderful journey of […]

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THIS MONTH’S DEMONSTRATOR: Allan Peck

llan has been doing bonsai since 2004 when a birthday gift and a demonstration at the Campbelltown Bonsai Club’s show hooked him. He has held President and Vice President roles in the Campbelltown and Newcastle Bonsai Clubs and has given […]

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Jaaryd Bailey at the Central Coast Bonsai Club

With boarders opened at last, there has been the opportunity to see interstate bonsai artists demonstrate again, even if there’s a bit of travel involved. Jarryd Bailey, from Montane Bonsai in Tasmania, has been a visiting demonstrator at both Bonsai […]

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Around my Bonsai Benches by Lee Wright

ACCENT PLANTS I prefer small trees, mini, shohin with a few medium… arthritis in my hands… scourge of ageing. I enjoy creating beautiful trees with these sizes but the downside is having small enough accent plants. I have started collecting […]

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Bonsai Reshaped at the National Arboretum

As always, the team at the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection of Australia in Canberra organised an excellent event in Bonsai Reshaped. The workshops with Scott Martin and Jarryd Bailey were full and enjoyed greatly by all those involved. All […]

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What to do in April

While the weather remains warm, it’s a good time to repot many species, particularly evergreens like pyracantha, cotoneasters, olives and star jasmine etc. Most can also be repotted in early spring, but I prefer autumn, as the daytime temperatures are […]

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