Category Archives: Bonsai Diary

Another year, another few bonsai pictures

The climate crisis, not to mention the various other current insanities, is tiring. Time for a change… Taking a leaf out of Ellen Hawley’s book, allow me to begin with an irrelevant photo. Here’s one, of the dawn sky that … Continue reading

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Spring into summer

Another time-lapse series of my dwarf horse chestnut tree, in the months of May and June 2020. During this time, the edges of the tree’s leaves have become severely dry, despite my daily watering. I’ve seen this happening for the … Continue reading

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April’s growth

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All this month, I’ve been taking a photo (using my new dumbphone!) each day of the same part of the dwarf horse chestnut tree that I’ve been tending for the last 34 years. I say ‘dwarf’ rather than ‘bonsai’ because … Continue reading

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Another small elephant pile of pleasant tidbits

Be forewarned: this post is going to go all around the houses, through all the back alleys, round and round until it probably ends up nowhere. So if you value your time at all, hit the back button now! Having … Continue reading

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New buds

It’s been a while (actually, almost a decade!) since I last posted about my bonsai horse chestnut tree. Amazingly, after 32 years, it’s still alive! — I must be doing something right. The tree’s had a new pot in the … Continue reading

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Tree-huggers of the world, unite!

“What if trees had legal standing?” Christopher Stone, an American law lecturer, asked his students in 1971. A year later, his book Should Trees Have Standing was published. Professor Stone suggests that the idea of a thing holding legal rights … Continue reading

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Bonsai update

Here are some older picsof my horse chestnut treeI post them here in casesomeone might want to see 2001 2007 2008

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Chaque saison a sa charme

As autumn falls The mower retires; The birdie thinks of southward heading Through windy squalls. The season requires That some consider winter bedding.

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Aesculus Hippocastanum

ESS-kew-lus hip-po-kass-TAH-num, ‘Horse Chestnut’: so named As its nuts were ground to become Fodder for horses, it’s claimed.   For my little tree, this year is a first: Near two decades of waiting, at last A few little leaves have finally burst … Continue reading

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Little Apples

‘We plant the seed, Nature grows the seed; Then, we eat the seed.’  – Neil (Nigel Planer, ‘The Young Ones‘). One day in 1994 I ate an apple to the core. I took a pip and planted it And Nature did its thing with it. I … Continue reading

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