Martin is an accomplished enthusiast from the UK who has been studying bonsai since an early age. He has had many of his trees exhibited on the Federation of British Bonsai Societies' stands at prominent UK Flower Shows, these going on to win Show medals. Since then, he has started to teach bonsai and has built up a unique record of the development of the trees in his collection, spanning over 15 years. These photographic records have now been seen in his book 'Bonsai Life Histories' published by David & Charles Books. An example of one of his life histories can be found within the Advanced Techniques and Articles section of Bonsai4me.com
Below are a taster of some of Martins' trees, many of which are developed from old garden specimens that have been developed over the years, into some very beautiful bonsai;
Lonicera nitida /Shrub Honeysuckle
Developed over 9 years from part of an old hedge, this beautiful Lonicera stands at 54cm (21¼") tall in the triple trunk form.
Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea
Originally collected as a 2m (6½ft) tall garden tree, this Berberis has been styled and refined over the past 9 years. Height 53cm (21"), trunk diameter 16cm (6¼").
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Kosteri' / Hinoki cypress
Purchased as a large garden tree from a nursery, this Cypress is now only 74cm (29") tall but imparts an image of far greater height!
Ginkgo biloba / Maidenhair Tree
Bought as an 80 year old bonsai from a fellow enthusiast nearly 10 years ago, this superb Gingko's appearance has been dramatically changed and improved. Styled in the 'Candle Flame' form, height 97cm/ (38").
Lonicera nitida / Shrub honeysuckle
Collected 7 years ago from some wasteland that had recently been turned into a building site, this tree now stands at 66cm (26") tall.
Acer buergerianum / Trident Maple
Bought as an established bonsai over 10 years ago, Martin decided to completely restructure this Trident as it had poor branch structure. After removing nearly all of its branches and re-growing them over the years, this tree now makes a Winter display rivalling that of its Summer appearance.
Height 79cm (31")
Crataegus monogyna / Hawthorn
Developed from material collected 13 years ago, the story of this Hawthorn can be followed within the Advanced Techniques and Articles section of Bonsai4me.com
Height 46cm (18")