Here is how it works. A miniature tree that has not been styled is simply a small bush. The branches grow out in arbitrary directions, and there is a whole lot of foliage. Our task as bonsai growers is to create a beautiful, stylish miniature tree out of this bushy material. The way we do this is by removing a fair amount of plant material, and what is left is our artwork, or what will become our masterpiece once it has grown out a bit.
For most upright-growing trees the widest points are the two lowest side branches. They are generally the oldest branches and consequently will be the thickest and longest. The other important point in our triangle is the apex or top of the plant. The apex is, by definition, the highest point on the tree and the most prominent. These are the three points that define our triangle. Essentially it can be any shape of triangle, but the important part is that the triangle of foliage must appear well balanced on the trunk.
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Magnolia grandiflora ‘Little Gem’
If cauliflower was a stock to trade, some would have made millions in the last few years as the humble cauliflower became one of the most versatile cruciferous vegetables in the kitchen. With an increase in the popularity of flexitarian, vegan, gluten-free, keto and plant-based diets, cauliflower is no longer only baked into a cheesy casserole, but spiced and grilled as ‘steaks’ on a braai, mashed, riced, sauced, powdered, blended and made into pasta or a crispy pizza base. There are not many vegetables that can do all that!
Mushroom plant (Rungia klossii) is a bushy perennial with crisp, mushroom-flavoured leaves that are good for adding to salads or for cooking. Steam just before serving so that the leaves don’t lose their fresh green appearance.
A passion for roses
For five generations of gardeners, maybe more, Ludwig Taschner has been the friendly face of rose growing.
Time For Wild Hyacinths!
We told you in January that planting bulbs would be a great trend in 2021, so March is a good time to kick off your annual bulb planting quest with the indigenous wild hyacinths, also called Cape hyacinth, Cape cowslip and, more botanically correct, Lachenalia. Between South Africa and Namibia there are more than 120 natural species (some of which are sold in flower by specialist nurseries), but there are also many desirable hybrids bred by commercial bulb growers that are readily available in bulb form from the end of February.
How To Extend The Harvest Of Baby Marrows
By March baby marrows are usually at the end of their productive lives, with most leaves covered in powdery mildew. Pulling them out is almost an act of kindness.
What To Do Now March
Aeoniums are commonly called tree houseleeks, which is an indication that they form substantial side stems topped with their typical fleshy rosettes. They are also described as subtropical plants, and so require more water and less arid growing conditions than other succulents.
Veggies Are At The Frontline Of Health
Eating healthily to keep healthy and maintain a good level of immunity is as much of a strategy in this time of Covid-19 as wearing masks, social distancing and sanitising.
Top 10 Roses
There are over 150 rose species and thousands of hybrids, so compiling a Top Ten is something of a challenge. Here we have chosen some of our favourites, which we feel are essential for any good rose garden.
The Gentle Giant Among His Roses
A lifetime love affair with roses has shaped this expansive farm garden.
PARTNERING WITH POWER
GERBER GEAR’S STRONGARM FLEXES ITS MILITARY-STYLE MIGHT
BACKYARD BUSH CRAFT
PUTTING YOUR BUSHCRAFT SKILLS TO USE AT HOME
AN IDIOT IN THE BUSH
TALES OF AN EVERYDAY JOE BUSHCRAFTING THROUGH THE AUSTRALIAN WILD
Six Types of Heaven Sent Visions
Have you experienced something you couldn’t explain? An image that warned you of impending danger? A voice that brought you comfort when you needed it most? You may have experienced a prophetic vision. According to preacher and writer Dr. James W. Goll, there are 12 types of prophetic visions in the Bible. As Dr. Goll says, “Prophetic visions are not just for prophets.” They’re signs and messages from God we still experience today. Here are six of types of them:
The Pimento Family
What a cardinal couple taught this empty-nest mom
APRIL FOOLS - A LOT OF THEM. …
Salman Toor lets himself go.
BUSHNELL FORGE 2.5-15X 50MM
A RIFLEMAN’S OPTICS
Finding and enhancing the focal point of the painting is the key to Troels Kirk’s artwork
THE DOGWOOD CUSTOM KNIVES KEPHART PROVES WHY IT HAS BECOME SUCH A PROLIFIC DESIGN IN RECENT YEARS