2 Shohin Winter Images

Here are 2 trees that I worked on today. The first is a cotoneaster microphyllus which produced a fantastic crop of berries this year. The old leaves and the remaining berries were removed as well as all the wire that was applied last year. The secondary branches were pruned and its now ready for the new season. This is the first time it has been free of wire since I started training this tree


The second tree is my shishigashira maple. This tree is very slow growing in our climate and never needs more than a light pruning to prepare it for the new season. The branches are very brittle so I never apply wire to this tree, it’s always clip and grow.


Here are the 2 trees at their peak in the last year






Scottish National Bonsai Show 2015

Yesterday I attended the annual get together of the Scottish bonsai community at the Walker Hall, in the seaside town of Troon in the west coast of Scotland. It was an excellent day made even better by the attendance of  a group of bonsai friends from Northern Ireland and the North of England. I am very pleased to tell you all that our club, the Lanarkshire Bonsai Club were awarded first place in the inter club event for the third year in a row. One of the trees in our display was also awarded best in show; a juniper owned by Maurice Maidment.

The event was organised by Ayr Bonsai Club ,who did a terrific job, with support from the Scottish Bonsai Association and the classes were judged by Robert Atkinson, a highly respected bonsai artist from the North Of England.

As often is the case, the lighting in the hall was less than ideal, so apologies in advance for the quality of some of the images

The event was opened by the Japanese Consul for Scotland and the first picture shows the opening ceremony


Here’s a few of my favourite images from the event.

Lanarkshire Bonsai Club Display



This is Maurice’s winning juniper.


Here is a gallery of my best detail shots from our winning display (click on any image to see a larger one)

Ayr Bonsai Club always put on an excellent display


A gallery of detail pictures from their display (Click on any image to see a larger image).

A Gallery of trees from the shohin category (Click on any image to view a larger version).

A Gallery of nice accents and Kusamono (click on an image to view a larger one)

A Gallery of my favourite images from the other displays (click on any image to view a larger version)

And to finish a couple of pics of some of the trade stands

Ian Baillie Pots