In the April ezine I ran two competitions. One was for Bonsai tips for beginners and the second, I asked collectors to send me a short description of their love affair with their favourite tree.
The best entry for the favourite tree was from Wayne Cosgrove from Co.Wexford, Ireland.
My best and most loved bonsai is my CRYPTOMERIA japonica or temple cedar.
This tree was a 6ft tall bush when I bought it but I done some radical pruning and now it stands at 30 inches. It is a twin trunk style and I think the tree gives off a sense of majesty and assurance and also age which is what we strive for in bonsai but young or old the tree’s soul is most important.
Ok here is the funny bit.
My beloved Cryptomeria bonsai is in fact potted in an Emile Henry oven dish which I got from a friend who was chucking it out. I drilled some drainage holes in the base and it passes as an oval bonsai pot.
I just hope my bonsai does not cook in the summer sun.
Every month we will be giving away some great prizes for subscribers to our eZine and readers of the web site.
Monthly Subscribers Competition.
In the April we are giving away for our eZine subscribers the following:
- 5 copies of ‘Bonsai 101′ by Harry Tomlinson
- 2 copies of ‘Practical Bonsai’ by Ken Norman
- 1 copy of the ‘Bonsai School’ by Craig Cousins
- 2 copies of the ‘Damascus Acoustic Meditation‘ CD.
How to enter?
Send me a short story by email on why you love Bonsai, the good and bad habits of your tree, does your favourite tree have a nick name and a picture of your lover, eh tree! The best and most amusing entries will win. (Oh, these will be published in the May eZine and on the web site)
Bonsai Ireland Readers Competition.
So for this we are offering a specially signed copy of one of Craig Cousins Bonsai books.
How to enter?
This is easy, all you have to do is submit as a comment your best Bonsai tips for beginners under the Serissa Bonsai post and the comment with the most votes by the end of April will win. Couldn’t be easier. (You can only vote for yourself once, Sorry!!!)
So get cracking and have fun!!!