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Nice pots

any other business Posted on Wed, September 12, 2012 22:42:24

Just a heads up – Robert has put his private pots in the nursery for sale.

Brian Albright (all sold 1st day i think !, before I even got there)

Gordon Duffett – undoubtably the very best the UK has produced – and Robert has some stunners – if you have a show tree these are worth a look as no other UK potters have yet matched them

Early Walsall ceramics – startng to age nicely now

Erin – for that unique glaze or finish – all one off creations

Proper Tokoname – chop marked, some signed, very fine high quality and slightly older pots – the perfect pot for the classic show tree.

They are not small pots, and they are not the usual bargain pots, but they are very very high quality and many date back 25 years – most have never been planted either – he was a collector

Happy hunting

Great day

seasonal work Posted on Wed, September 12, 2012 22:32:06

I must say thanks to everyone that came round over the weekend for the Peter Warren visit. With hindsight to call it a workshop would not portray how good it was. Peter spent 6 years in Japan as apprentice to Kobiashi (the chief) and in that time learnt bonsai from the bottom level to the very top – finally working and setting up trees for kokufu ten and similar high end shows. now he is a free lance bonsai proffessional and i am so pleased to have starrted a long term working relationship with him

He had his own style and subtle way of sharing so much knowledge with us, and limiting the group to just 4 people ensured everyone and their trees had plenty of quality time. We had black pines, scotts pines, junipers, white pine, satsuki, hawthorn & cryptomeria ! unbelievably Peter shared a lot of high end advanced knowledge of all the species, studied, styled or properly advised on virtually all the trees and was still going stong into the night as he was keen to play with my big juniper – once we managed to floodlight the garden this turned into a full thinning, compacting of the height and re-positioning of every single small branch and all the foliage.

I think I can say this was a real eye opener for all of us – you can’t learn in books or on the internet some of the information that was shared here. I know that countless wasted years can be saved by making the effort to pick the right teacher, and everyone wins as the trees move onto levels they would not ever achieve otherwise.

Peter is re-booked for a stay at mine on March 25th, 26th, (and hopefully 27th), 2013. The Tuesday 26th will be a group session specialising in the repotting of pines and junipers with particular attention to root selection, root reduction, root positioning, tree / pot positioning and correct soil choices. This will be another part teaching and part hands on day so attendants should aim to bring a main tree that will be worked and repotted, while also working together on soil mixing etc. 5 people MAX can be accomodated as some work will be shared – This is just for the Tuesday (Monday has been filled doing a very big, probably stressfull and very heavy yew, followed by a visit to Roberts) and 3 places are booked and confirmed already so please contact me soon if you are serious and can commit to one of the final slots.

cost will be similar for Peters time and we will sort out a way to buy all the soil components needed on the day from him – this will be akadama, kiryu, pumice etc rather than John innes !

thanks again,


August meeting

Shows and Meetings Posted on Mon, August 20, 2012 20:39:47

Hi everyone,

Unfortunately the hall floor is not going to be finished in time for the next meeting so it has been cancelled.

Hopefully this will be the last cancellation of the year.

Please spread the word so nobody makes a wasted journey

thanks Marcus

Peter Warren Visit

Shows and Meetings Posted on Mon, August 13, 2012 07:08:35

Just to let you all know Peter Warrren is coming to Cornwall and is doing two small intimate workshops at my house. Saturday the 8th and Sunday 9th September are the dates and there are just two places in total left.

Each day is limited to 4 people so that everyone gets plenty of time and attention, the cost is just £65.00, and hopefully will be the first of many visits Peter does for us, so workshop trees can be progressed and given a plan for the future.

This level of workshop will be perfect for bringing the best out in your trees and making sure they reach their full potential – also the amount of bonsai experience, help and hints that will be bounced around between Peter and the group will be priceless.

If anyone wants more info just get hold of me, but dont sit on the fence as opportunities to work with a bonsai proffessional down here in cornwall are few and far between. If one person wants a 2 day workshop to work on a larger or inticate tree this will fill the final place, so availability is 1 person per day.

Cheers Marcus 07855 300789

Pine night

Shows and Meetings Posted on Mon, July 30, 2012 18:36:08

Pine night went really well, thanks for all the messages and thankyou especially for bringing such a wonderfull selection of pines along. As this was the third year we moved more into styling and refinement methods rather than basic pruning and care.

For those that remember the black pine raw material I bought along:

It is now nicely wired, styled, and set on its way as a bonsai. This tree and several others are actually on the updated ‘FOR SALE’ page of the club web site.

I think we had Japanese Black pine, White pine pentaphylla, Scotts pine, mugo pine, Scotts beauvonensis and ‘Cornish Pine’ – so a nice variety to talk about.

Next meeting is Cornish landscapes so it will be a great evening of slate, windswept, walls and who knows what other creative landscape scenes you have put together !.

cheers Marcus


Shows and Meetings Posted on Sun, June 03, 2012 20:37:35

Here are few photos of my own exhibit at Bristol MagicalBonsaiAccents.

The overall display attempting to give the atmosphere of three aspects of Cornwall. I have tried to give a presentation similar to a traditional Japanese display with a main subject, the valley (not very effective here with a bad camera angle). The pink thrift acting as an accent plant and the plant on a tall table substituting for a scroll.

A valley or sunken lane scene with ferns, lichen and moss.

The sea thrift which grows on the beach-head shown off in one of Gordon’s marvellous pots.

Representing the gardens of Cornwall a ‘wire-netting plant’ from New Zealand in an elegant pot by Amanda Briers.


Chelsea 2012

Shows and Meetings Posted on Sun, June 03, 2012 17:34:32

Hi everyone,

Here is a link to last weeks Chelsea flower show pictures

Bonsai at Chelsea

cheers Marcus


Shows and Meetings Posted on Tue, May 29, 2012 20:53:37

Magical Bonsai Accents at Failand Bristol.

This must be one of the treats of the year. A room full of the most innovative and creative accent plants. Your eyes and senses were widened at every exhibit. The word Magical in the title was if anything an understatement.

See below to get a flavour of the show and resolve to go next time.

The organisers are to be congratulated on producing a European if not world first in such a flawless manner that the day was a complete delight.


And a few pictures from Marcus

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