• The Bonsai Show Live coming up

    In less than two weeks the Bonsai Show Live will take place at The International Centre in Telford (UK). Exhibition, demos and traders area amongst many things. If everything goes as planned I will bring books for signing, and the program for me so far…

  • LIVE Q&A Thursday 25

    It’s time for our online meeting at Kisetsu-en. Please note it is taking place this upcoming Thursday at 8 PM as usual. (UTC +2) because it is still European summertime. Send in your questions and pictures ahead, and let’s have an enjoyable evening as we…

  • Summer repotting Scots pine

    On a cloudy or chilly day, a cool workshop, pick your choice, it’s a perfect time to repot your Scots pines. This is the gap between spring growth building up energy and root growth and expansion. This week at BONSAI ON a Yamadori Scots pine…

  • Azalea flower power

    When we reach the peak of the flowering at our Azalea it’s time to say goodbye. Leaving flowers on for longer will weaken the growth of new branches and buds for the next season. Rejuvenating branches and roots is a very important part of keeping…

  • Summer Tokonoma display

    After a good rain all night and morning the sky cleared and the sun is back. Time well spent setting up a summer display at the Tokonoma. A summer display presenting a European Birch, Betula pendulla. Although still needing a bit of development a display…

  • Bonsai garden expansion and then some…

    The bonsai garden upgraded to version 2.0. 6 years ago we moved to this plot. With an uncontrolled wild garden neglected for some years. A lot of work has been put into changing it to what now is a calm and peaceful bonsai garden. Everything…

  • Spring growth

    With a much warmer and very dry spring, it seems like the bonsai are growing stronger this season. Soon it will be time to cut back that overgrown Beatles hair. It’s important though to let the growth extend freely at the deciduous bonsai to strengthen…

  • Leaves changes within the minute

    The tender new spring growth is to be enjoyed instantly. because especially Japanese maple leaves change rapidly. Almost within the minute. Or at least from one day to the next. One of the things I enjoy about bonsai is the timeless feeling they express when…

  • The Shohin Bonsai Roadshow

    Nothing better than a 2 X 9-hour drive in two days. The “Shohin Bonsai Roadshow” just have to go on. 😅 Luc kindly translated during the evening. Invited by the Belgium Bonsai Association and more than 30 people took part in a fun and educational…

  • Bonsai air layering part 3

    Episode 3 shows the final transformation from the air layering process of a Cork Bark Elm. Managing the delicate operation of removing the air layer moss and arranging the roots when making the final step, repotting and distributing roots. Watch all 3 episodes here to…