Hi my name is Ben B and I live in Northern Ireland. I’ve been interested in bonsai for approx 5 years now and the main focus of my pursuit is developing bonsai trees from cuttings or raw garden material. I’m a member of the Northern Ireland Bonsai Society and have learned a lot from being part of it, especially from more learned heads such as Bonsai Baker, Futter with Trees and Bonsai Eejit. I’ve learned that to take a keen interest in bonsai you need either money or patience. I’ve not much spare cash at this stage of my life so looks like I’m taking the patience route.
So while things are growing from scratch in the flower beds over the next few years (or more!) I’m planning to develop my skills and knowledge on a range of raw material either bought or dug up from the garden. I don’t intend to focus on one particular size of bonsai as some do, just work on whatever is ready to be lifted at that time. So I have a wide range of material from mame (small) t0 chuhin (large) that hopefully I can develop into something beautiful to look at.
Being a bit of a novice, I’d appreciate any comments or advice that you can provide in relation to my posts. I hope to add more to the blog as I get used to the technical side of running it.