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Balcony winter storage – insulation upgrade

After upgrading heating and air circulation of a previous year created winter storage on my balcony for the trees which don’t want to freeze it was time to upgrade the insulation….

Burrs weekend, 2016

10 days ago I participated in to me the first bonsai related training/course. It was in Burrs, Manchester/UK. Burrs weekend is organized by Tony Tickle and is ongoing for…

Balcony winter storage – heating and air circulation upgrade

Last winter I put trees into the cupboard and took the task too relaxed way and the result was not near what was needed. The warming in the lowest shelf…

Ficus microcarpa, defoliation, October 2016

After several years of growing and pruning I decided it is time to try defoliation. This will be the first time I do it. Why do it? It…

Pests on yamadori pine

This spring I took 2 pines from a near by forest (with license) visible as the leftest literati looking pine in the second photo at my balcony. Out…

Fixing inverse taper on Carmona, September 2016

Since the beginning this carmona had inverse taper in the middle of its trunk. Now, I thought it is about time to do something about it. I decided…

Indoor bonsai shelf light upgrade

In earlier posts I described the living room bonspostai shelf for indoor bonsais with also some later post. All remained the same except that I redid the seal around…

Cat litter water retention properties experiment

Bonsai soil is often a discussion topic and controversy and it is so also in our local bonsai society. My knowledge and experience about the subject is low…

Tony Tickle in my garden

Last year when i visited Bonsai Europa I met Tony, the organizer of the event. Very open minded, talkative guy, hard to believe I talked that easily with…

Trip to Crete, Greece

So we couldn’t sit on our butts and we had to see the road again. This time we visited Crete in Greece. Nice place, very hot at this…