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Bitten by the Bug


Welcome to All in One Bonsai...a blog that aims to remind me of what I have forgotten. Over the years I have been finding out as much as I can about the art of bonsai. I hope the information in this blog will shed some light to the beginning bonsai enthusiast out there.


I saw some bonsai trees at a corner market one night in Taipei and asked the guy if he was willing to teach me how to create these miniature trees. He directed me to a night school where all the instruction was in Chinese. My Chinese ability is very ordinary at the least so although I was learning bits and pieces, I really wasn't getting all I wanted from the course. The best parts were when the teacher would start pruning a beautiful tree or when he showed us how to repot a bonsai. The mystery was still out there but my interest wasn't waning, if anything it fueled my motivation to find out more. And so I did.


Let the adventure begin...


Recently I have discovered the joy of pottery. Bonsai and pottery are close friends so it was only a matter of time before I was introduced to her. Welcome to All in One Bonsai...and pottery.


Feel free to visit my site where you can purchase some of my handmade pottery. Quite a few pieces have been wood fired as it is the prefered method here in Taiwan:

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Monday, 18 February 2013

Bonsai Nurseries in Taiwan

Bonsai in Taiwan

I love Taiwan for many reasons but my favorite at the moment is that you are never too far from a great bonsai nursery.  Chinese New Year has just passed so I had the opportunity during my holiday to visit one of the very best.  I ended up buying 40 small pine and juniper trees to practice my wiring and shaping skills. The more I practice the less hesitant I become when trying to decide how to shape a small tree that will hopefully grow into something worthwhile.  The trees I bought are only a few years old and were quite cheap.  I hope to upload a few pictures of my efforts at a later stage.  

All in all a good catch today.
I would love to be able to take a lot of these trees back to Australia with me but unfortunately Australia has very strict laws preventing this from happening.  At the moment I plan on just appreciating them and learning how they grow.    
Please enjoy some pictures of bonsai nurseries I have visited over the past 3 years in Taiwan.  
Plenty of trees to choose from here.
Boxwood trees have magnificent bark texture.
Waiting in silence.
The bright afternoon sun warms these trees.

Survivors

Hundreds of trees looking for a new home.

I bought 20 of these small pine trees.  I tried to select the greenest ones with a thick base. If you touch a pine and the needles are sharp it is a sure sign you have a healthy one.  Buy it!


These particular trees were imported from Japan and sold to Taiwanese customers. They are recovering from the flight so are protected under a shade cloth above.

An old juniper from a nursery 10 minutes from where I live in Taiwan.

A favorite of mine.  I love the trunk on this tree.
A very well organised and clean nursery found in the middle of Taiwan.

A forest planting.  Not really digging the scooter to the left.  Although, riding a scooter around Taiwan is a lot of fun.  

Delicate leaves of a maple.
A tiny nursery with a good deal of soul.

Many small bonsai trees at this nursery.  Shohin is the term used to describe small bonsai that you can hold in one hand.

The really small ones dry out so quickly.  You must water them all the time during the summer. It is best to place them on a tray of sand.  The roots will then grow through the drainage hole into the sand, staying alive and healthy.

More to come...
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6 comments:

  1. Any recommendations of good bonsai nurseries near Taipei. I'm here over the New Year visiting my wife's parents. Thanks!

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  2. Hi there,

    One of the best places to go is the Flower Market in Taipei. There is lots to see there. It's under a bridge and a popular place on Saturday and Sunday. Also there is a bonsai village in Beitou. The address is Lixian Road, Beitou. There are about 5 or 6 nurseries in this one place. Sorry for the late reply. I hope you have a chance to visit these places. Marcus

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  3. There is also a place called that is well worth a look - outside Taipei but not too far. The address is 桃園縣大溪鎮福安里18鄰三層7-2號 (紫園盆栽)
    Enjoy!

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  4. Hi ! excuse me I have found your blog trying to have information about Jack Lin.for the 1st time, I will go in TaIwan in Miaoli for ceramics exhibitions and there, we will have a talk with J.Lin, probably about bonsaï...As you know very well Taïwan, could you give me, please, the adress of lovely and exceptionnal bonsaï nursery, nearby Miaoli, particularly. thank you so much. maryse thibaud

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  5. Hi ! excuse me I have found your blog trying to have information about Jack Lin.for the 1st time, I will go in TaIwan in Miaoli for ceramics exhibitions and there, we will have a talk with J.Lin, probably about bonsaï...As you know very well Taïwan, could you give me, please, the adress of lovely and exceptionnal bonsaï nursery, nearby Miaoli, particularly. thank you so much. maryse thibaud

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