22 June 2017

SABC3 Expresso Bonsai Experience



Here is the link to the Bonsai experience that was recently filmed in our nursery for the SABC3 Expresso show.

 Expresso Bonsai Experience with Zoe and Zola Nene

16 June 2017

We are open on the public holiday


Our usual trading hours apply over the long weekend and on the public holiday tomorrow, we are open 7 days a week from 9am to 4.30pm. Pop in to buy your Dad a gift for Father's Day on Sunday.

We are open on the public holiday

Our usual trading hours apply over the long weekend and on the public holiday tomorrow, we are open 7 days a week from 9am to 4.30pm. Pop in to buy your Dad a gift for Father's Day on Sunday.

1 June 2017

Bonsai Things to do in Cape Town - June

JUNE     

Month
Mean Rainfall mm
Rel.  Humidity %
Daily Sun­shine Hrs
Temp. Max Celcius
Temp. Min Celcius
June
98,3
81
5,9
18
7,7

POSITION
The daily sunshine hours are short and trees may have to be moved to sunnier spots. In some cases shade cloth has to be removed to allow for more light. It may be necessary to tie some trees down because of the strong north-west winds which blow now.
WATERING
The weather is often overcast and cool, everything seems to be damp. Bonsai pots with fast draining soils may dry out so be aware that it may be necessary to water. Check drainage holes in pots for blockages, trees drown quickly.
FERTILISING
Most trees especially deciduous ones do not require feeding this month. Some trees native to the winter rainfall region have a strong growing period after the commencement of winter rains and benefit from light balanced feeds. 
DISEASE
CONTROL
Snails and slugs are the main invaders and cause damage - use the necessary bait. Spray deciduous trees with diluted lime-sulphur to kill off spores and eggs of insects and fungi which hatch when warmer weather arrives.
PRUNING
Winter pruning of deciduous trees starts now – first with Celtis then Elms, Maples and Swamp Cypress. It is generally better to prune after leaf-drop. Another indoor activity is wood carving and cleaning up jins and shari. Do not for­get to treat carved areas with pure lime-sulphur.
POTTING
Later in the month potting of early deciduous trees may be started. Start with Celtis, Elms, Swamp Cypress. Leave Maple and Acacias for next month. 
REMARKS
This is a cold and wet month, a good time to curl up next to the fire reading bonsai books and getting enthused for spring. Also a good time to service, clean and sharpen tools. A pleasant task is to choose pots for trees which need potting or for re-potting. It is a good idea to write down jobs to be done.
There are some bonsai in flower, such as Kurume azaleas. Enjoy them but remove spent flowers.

31 May 2017

Japanese Broadcast about Bonsai in South Africa

Some time ago the Japanese Broadcasting Corporation visited our Bonsai garden and did some filming for a programme on Bonsai in South Africa which was aired during the World Bonsai Convention.. Hannes Fritz from Heidelberg represented South Africa at the Convention held in Saitama City in Japan, he did really well working on a beautiful old Juniper during his demonstration. Here is a link to the programme that was aired Internationally on NHK World. https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkwor…/newsroomtokyo/…/20170526.html

29 May 2017

Top 75 Bonsai Blogs listing



We are honoured to have been listed as one of the world's Top 75 Bonsai Blogs on the web. Thank you Feedspot for listing us!

"Hi Bishopsford Bonsai Team,
 
My name is Anuj Agarwal. I'm Founder of Feedspot.

I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog Bishopsford Bonsai has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 75 Bonsai Blogs on the web.


I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world. This is the most comprehensive list of Top 75 Bonsai Blogs on the internet and I’m honored to have you as part of this!"

Deadwood Seminar #4