We are going through changes

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Munster Bonsai Club

After five yers we are going through changes. That’s our new logo. It is so fresh and powerful. What do you think.

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Larch Larix Kaempferi

As spring continues to do its thing I managed a pic of my second larch in the early evening sun. It is developing well and the ramification is building up year on year.

Larch 1

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Jin and Tonic??

I have taken the head staggers and have made a couple of drastic additions to my large larch. Time will tell whether or not I was wise.

I have added two large jins to the tree that I think work well at first appearance.  The first one comes out of the top of a curve in the trunk and up quite a way through the branches to break out of the apex foliage.  I think it looks quite good at this point. The only question is that when the tree drops it’s needles in winter will the long extension be seen to be too straight ? if it doesn’t work it can be removed and given the fact that larch callous very quickly the wound will be well disguised in no time.

The second Jin works lower down on the trunk works very well I think and I am well pleased with the result. Once the wound callouses around the point where it enters the trunk I think it will be quite convincing.

Your comments are awaited eagerly. This is the tree without the Jins

Larch Spring 2018 small

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Blackthorn Glory


It has proved to be a long wait but at last my little Blackthorn is in full flower having battled its way so far through a long, cold windy spring. As usual it just does not fail to deliver.

I gave it a new Erin pot this year. Not my first choice but it looks quite good.



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A Sam Miller Pot

A lovely tree in a great new pot. Nice

Nebari Bonsai

As I write this in early January 2018, the pot doesn’t yet exist. Only a brief exchange between Sam (Intermountain Bonsai) and me, and an agreement that it would be made. The pot was commissioned for this ume, which has lived in this Tokoname pot by Touyou for the last 6-7 years.

Looking through Sam’s Intermountain Bonsai images, the four I sent him as my vision for the pot were two for the shape:

And two for the glaze:

I told him I was trying to replicate an antique Chinese Namako container, about 13.5″x4″ deep.

Now, fast forward to the result…

And the repot…

Thanks Sam, well-done!

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About a tree and a “MisNomer”

It’s “Good Friday”! Whats good about it? Forgetting the historical accuracy  or inaccuracy of the actual placing of the day it is the time when the world remembers the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ, the Carpenter from Nazareth, some 200o years ago.

In a very real sense it was the darkest day in all of human history for on that day was perpetrated the greatest injustice the world has ever seen and in that day was displayed the inveterate hatred of men toward the God of Glory.

Of that day Peter the apostle said ( Bible Quote) Acts 3:14 “But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you;”

But of that same event Peter said (Bible Quote) 1Peter Ch 2:24 Jesus Christ …Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

The following is a record of that harrowing event: (Bible Quote) Mathew Ch27 26-50

26 Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.
27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers.
28 And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.
29 And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!
30 And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head.
31 And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him.
32 And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.
33 ¶ And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull,
34 They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink.
35 And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.
36 And sitting down they watched him there;
37 And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
38 Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left.
39 And they that passed reviled him, wagging their heads,

40 And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.
41 Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said,
42 He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.
43 He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.
44 The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth.
45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.
46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
47 Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias.
48 And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink.
49 The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him.
50 ¶ Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.

What was good about it? Paul the apostle said: (Bible Quote ) Galatians Ch 2:20….the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Now that IS good!!!!



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One to One with Robert Porch

I had a one to one with Robert porch on Tuesday past. A long day from 10 am to 7 pm and a lot of great work done. It’s always a pleasure to have Robert.

These two informal upright Larches got a lot of attention with last years new growth wired and trimmed as needed. They are really looking good. Thanks Robert.

They shari on the first tree still needs attention to add more interest and this is something that I will do in due course.

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And now for something completely different

Everyone knows that Pruning and clipping is a vital part of the development of a good bonsai.

What follows are transcripts of the conversations with a proven expert by two enthusiasts. Only the lies are not true.

John Smith, a footballer, walks into his doctors surgery to be greeted with a “How are you feeling today, John?” smile. “Not good” he replies with a look of despair deeply embedded on his face.

“What seems to be the problem” enquires the Doctor. “Well says John, I can’t walk” “What?” Exclaims his Doctor. “That’s just not true John. Didn’t you just walk in here to speak with me and were you not playing football last night with the lads?”

“Yes” replies John “those things are true and you saw we walking into this room but my Brain keeps telling me that I can’t walk and it is telling me that I didn’t walk into this room today. The bottom line is that I don’t want to walk anymore.”

“I’m very sorry to hear that” responds the Doctor but it is very obvious to me that you can walk and I’m not sure what I can do to help you”

“ My brain tells me that you can arrange surgery to have my legs amputated. My brain tells me that I don’t have legs and I know that they are hindering me in discovering and asserting who and what I am. I am severely disabled and I know that it is my right to be disabled if my Brain says that I am. Everyone knows that it is not how I look or what I am physically able to do that determines what I am but it is what my brain tells me that counts. My brain is telling me that there are lots of advantages with having no legs. I will get an electric powered disability scooter. The state will give a motability vehicle and I will get a disability badge that will allow me to park wherever I want. My Brain tells me that people will also notice me more than they do today”

The Doctor thinks long and hard before responding and by this time he has serious concerns about John’s mental health. Eventually he says as authoritatively as he dare. “John, there is just no way that we in the medical profession could ever comply with such a request but I can refer you to a counsellor who can talk you through your problems and help you overcome these serious psychiatric issues that you are experiencing. I want you to understand that i am very concerned with you about how you feel but regrettable such life changing surgery is out of the question. You should understand that such a radical procedure is sure to result in greater mental health  issues in the future and just cannot be permitted” What the doctor did not say was that he was also horrified at the serious cost implications that such a procedure would place upon the national health service while many with life threatening conditions were being added daily to long waiting lists.  After all you just cant say things like that out  loud.

The Doctor also very reluctantly considered the possibility that this dear man might have to be sectioned if his mental health deteriorated significantly.

The next day Jan Smitz, a german bricklayer walks into his doctors surgery to be greeted with a “How are you feeling today, Jan?” smile. “Not good” he replies with a look of despair deeply embedded on his face.  “What seems to be the problem” enquires the Doctor. “Well says Jan, I have discovered that I am a woman” “What?” Exclaims his Doctor. “This is an issue that we must immediately address with great sympathy”

“When did you discover this” asks the Doctor. “I have been struggling with it for many years and am only now able to overcome the obstacles that have been placed in my way and am now coming to terms with it. “ he says. “What obstacles” asks the Doctor patiently.

“Well for a start I have a penis and a scrotum. Furthermore before I came to see you I had some tests done that confirm that I definitely only have male chromosomes but my brain tells me I am a woman and everyone knows that it is not what is between your legs that determines whether you are male or female but what is between your ears. My wife is unsympathetic because she insists that I am a man as we have had an active sex life for very many years.  One other problem that I have had to overcome is that my three teenage children just don’t understand me. They keep insisting that I am a man but when I have a close shave and put on some makeup it should be clear to everyone that I am a woman. My Brain insists that i am a woman ”

“What do you want me to do for you Jan” enquires the Doctor

“Well for a start my brain tells me that you should stop calling me Jan and call me Janita. My brain wants  you to arrange gender reassignment surgery immediately and release me from this prison.”

The Doctor takes a deep breath and with a warm friendly smile replies “No problem Janita. When do you want them off?.  Don’t worry about the cost because the state will pay. By the way if your family and friends have a problem with your trans decision that’s just too bad and they will just have to deal with any mental health implications that may result as best they can. My brain tells me its all wrong but what does my brain know”

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An update on a Couple of Trees

I have been doing a bit of serious thinning out and pruning on this Scots Pine and Yew.

The Scots Pine has had most of the old needles removed and I have wired and placed the branches etc. I am pleased with the result and see this tree developing nicely.

The yew is a tree that I have never really taken seriously but it always thrives despite its neglect and was back budding very well.

I decided to take out as much coarse and thick branch ends and tips to try and develop  taper. There is still more reducing ahead of this tree but not until it back buds more. I have also carved the trunk a little and increased the size of the shari.

Hopefully I can make a half decent informal upright out of it eventually.

Obviously the overall appearance of both trees would be improved immediately with better pots.



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A Couple of Trees

As the growing season slowly loses its momentum I have grabbed a couple of pics of a couple of trees that have performed reasonably well this year.

The first is my Cotoneaster Franchetti and the second a Chuhin Scots Pine




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