Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Compulsory Web Sites

Mid winter boredom is setting in, so while all is quiet in the bonsai garden, I thought it might be a good idea mention some good on-line reading.
I follow about 30 Blogs and Websites that provide me with information and inspiration.

No.1 on my list is www.bonsai4me.com.



This site was started many years ago by Harry Harrington and has since grown to one of the premier UK based knowledge resources for bonsai enthusiasts, attracting over 2 million hits per year from all over the world.  
The amount of information is staggering, from basic bonsai care to advanced techniques, all easily accessible.
He has posted some great progression articles with plenty of pictures and explanations and a wealth of other  articles covering all aspects of bonsai.

Harry has recently released his second book, Bonsai Inspirations 2, which promises to be a good read.

'Bonsai Inspirations 2' is divided into 5 chapters, each chapter covering the progression and development of a bonsai over a period of many years, illustrating in great depth how impressive and majestic bonsai can be created from humble beginnings.
In-depth articles, diagrams and many hundreds of photographs have been inserted into each Chapter to help explain and illustrate the techniques involved in the development of each bonsai.
Species covered in detail within the book include Linden or Lime, Small-Leaved Cotoneaster, Japanese Maple and Chinese Juniper. Each chapter includes indepth articles covering subjects such as Juniper Styling Techniques, Creating Deadwood by Hand, Approach-Grafting New Roots and Photographing Bonsai.
'Bonsai Inspirations' has been written to provide interest and inspiration as well as information to bonsai enthusaists of all levels, whether they are novices looking to learn how to look after their first trees, experienced growers or bonsai professionals.