On an American forum I wanted to enter the Box store challenge what basically means you have to make a bonsai like tree from cheap under $30 garden center or box store material.
Really love challenges like that, because they proof that our hobby doesn’t have to be expensive to enjoy.
Sadly I didn’t make the deadline because of my busy work schedule, but this night I decided to give it a go anyway.
I did two one is Needle Juniper that cost me 11,50eu and the second is a buxus that only cost 5,50eu.
They are small but i’m happy with the result.
Someone reminded me of a great quote by Pablo Picasso that perfectly applies to the art of bonsai.
This Cypress species is easy to find in garden centers around were I live.They cost as little as 5 too 20 euro’s. Its not the best material around but always fun to practice on.
This particular tree isn’t all that interesting because of the straight trunk I bend the top down to get a little movement in the tree and bring the foliage down.
By bending the top part down it came closer to the little trunk which I wanted to incorporate into the design so it would be a little more interesting. Not the nicest design and best material, but always fun to play around with.
So today I went to see my sponsor bonsaihoek
We had a great time talking bonsai and all.
Even went to his vegetable garden were we pulled out some nice fresh veggies.
Leeks, beetroot, corn etc.
He gave me some, well actually a lot of tools! I for example can call myself the proud owner of 6 different sizes concavecutters. Never new they came in so many sizes.
So I went back home with heaps of new tools a bucket of fertilizer and a crate of veggies.
Now that I call generous.
So again a big thank you to bonsaihoek
and I will see you guys when I come over to demo for your club.