Welcome to All in One Bonsai

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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Sunday, 20 October 2013

Growing Bonsai Stock

 Autumn Rain


Autumn in Taiwan is always a great season.  The weather cools and nights become easier to sleep.  This morning the day started off perfectly, sun shining and blue skies above, however rain found its way down later during the day.

 After some local egg pancakes and a hot coffee we made our way up the mountain to check on the seventy juniper trees that I planted 11 months ago.

Today's plan was to remove some weeds and also to see how the trees were growing.  I also brought with me some bonsai wire.

The trees were doing great!  Trunks were growing thicker and the green foliage was looking healthy.

The small growth at the juncture of trunk and branch was...

Removed.  There is always a lot of energy at these junctures and small branches try to grow at that position.  As we are trying to grow trees that look mature we cut this growth away and redirect the power into the other side branches, which we want to thicken up.  


            Another healthy growing juniper tree.  This is where I put my bonsai wire to good use.
I wanted to try and wire these trees and develop some interesting shapes in the trunk.  These trees are still quite young so they were easily able to shape. 
I cut off a piece of wire the length of the tree plus another third, poked one end into the soil about 10 cm and began coiling the wire up each trunk.
                                 
I then shaped twists and turns that hopefully makes the tree appear aged beyond its years.  

With bonsai trees, the trunk is king.  An appealing trunk is always the most difficult to develop.  Start early before the trunk become too thick and you have the chance to create a shape you desire.

I had planned on wiring all seventy trees but a painful back and a dozen mosquito bites soon put an end to that!

I like this little guy - good character.
After about 6 months I will remove the wire.  As soon as I see it bite into the bark I will know that the wire has done its job.  The tree has grown and formed to the shape of the wire.

Stay tuned.

Saturday, 19 October 2013

National Bonsai Exhibition Taiwan

Show and Glow

Last weekend saw the opening of the National Bonsai Exhibition in Taiwan for 2103.  After seeing the 2012 exhibition I was looking forward to visiting again this year.  The the standard and tree selection were sensational.  Both large and small bonsai were on display along with a fantastic spread of viewing stones.  

Please enjoy the pictures below.

This is Mr. Yen, a bonsai master who answers my questions depending on his patience level on any given day.
Let's start with some really small guys - Black Pine.

Black pine trees are a very popular bonsai tree.


The back drops set the mood.









I liked the pot.






The next couple were a little bigger in size.

But still smaller enough to pick up in one hand.


Enter the monsters.




This particular tree is extremely slow growing.  There was a price tag attached for $21,000 Australian dollars!




An unusual trunk.

Close up.







For grim death.















My favorite - enjoy the next three photos.

Boxwood.




Mr. Yen created this penjing piece.

Brilliant!






Amazing that this tree survives and looks so healthy up top.






A mess!  







Bonsai trees made out of bonsai wire!

A lot of skill went into making this wire tree.

Shari


Tall but that's not all.

Interesting to say the least.

Hope you enjoyed some of these quality bonsai trees from Taiwan.  I can't believe a year has passed since the last exhibition!  Do what you can!