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A new stone for ficus

Two months after defoliation new leaves appeared, half the size than earlier, no huge leaves anymore and so much of growth appeared that I already had to cut…

The darkest winter so far

I have been living in Finland for over 17 years and this winter is to be the darkest one for me so far. Early November the temperature dropped…

Christmas 2016

Because I know the paper version will be lost sooner or later I wanted to record the card I received from ViherBonsai this year. See all the details…

Bonsai Pests – reblog from Bonsai Tonight

A very nice quick list of common bonsai pests with clear pictures. I have found 2 which I had and wanted to keep the link somewhere so I…

Cold frame for winter hardy species – upgrade

Last year I made the first version of cold frame in the back of our house which didn’t really work well. Reasons are many: the construction, bad insulation…

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…