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Look no further for places to have your pre-wedding photoshoot, because here are six perfect spots to consider

DO do you hear the wedding bells ringing? After couples were forced to postpone their nuptials due to the pandemic, many are starting to plan their weddings again, and that could include their pre-wedding photoshoot.

After all, these photos will be the ones you’ll be looking at for years to come, and when it comes to pre-wedding photo shoots, most couples might think that jaw-dropping scenery can only be found at the wedding. foreign, but in fact they are hidden. perfect gems for a photo shoot location here in Malaysia.

Here are some of the beautiful places within driving distance of Klang Valley that you can visit if you want to take pre-wedding photos.

1. Sekinchan, Kuala Selangor

Located just an hour and a half drive from Kuala Lumpur, the small fishing village is where you can see an endless horizon of rice paddies and a beautiful beach to admire mesmerizing sunsets. Sekinchan has all natural models for romantic photo shoots and is a favorite spot for pre-wedding photos. If you are looking for a landscape of green rice fields, go between March and May, or between September and November. In the meantime, if you want a golden yellow background, go in June, or November through December.

2. Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Kuala Lumpur

The late 19th century building located along Jalan Raja opposite Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur is also a popular spot for couples looking for a pre-wedding architectural photo shoot. With its gleaming copper dome, imposing clock tower and colonial-style structure, the main landmark is a hot spot to give your pre-wedding photos a royal feel.

3. Putrajaya Botanical Garden

Sprawling over 230 acres alongside a vast lake, the Putrajaya Botanical Garden is known as the mother of all Putrajaya gardens. Due to its abundant diversity of exotic flora and numerous photogenic spots, Putrajaya Botanical Garden is one of the most frequented pre-wedding photo shoot locations for couples and photographers. Given the large garden, you won’t have to worry about getting a good shot as there are loads of angles you can shoot from.

The garden is also home to the popular Astaka Maroc (Moroccan Pavilion), inspired by Moroccan heritage and architecture, where you can take your pre-wedding photo outside the building.

In addition to this, Putrajaya bridges are also notable places. Take your pick from Seri Gemilang Bridge, Seri Perdana Bridge, or Seri Wawasan Bridge – each of these offer mesmerizing and romantic backdrops for your pre-wedding photos.

4. Jonker Street, Malacca

Jonker Street is known for its bustle during its night markets on Fridays and Saturdays, but if you’re looking for a quiet spot to take your pre-wedding photos, going there during the day will surprise you. As you stroll along the quiet river promenade with calm waters, you’d be amazed at how different the place is without the crowds.

Besides the river walk, as the central passage of Chinatown, Jonker Street is also famous for its antique shops. If you are looking to take pre-wedding photos with a traditional touch, Jonker Street is the perfect place to take them, and after that you can also take photos with the red Christchurch Malacca in the background, or the church gleaming white St. Francis Xavier just across the street for a little gothic flair.

5. Colmar Tropical, Bukit Tinggi

If you’re looking for the perfect quaint ambiance of a French village, have your photo shoot at Colmar Tropicale! The quaint French-themed resort with a fantastic setting is located 2,700 feet above sea level in Bukit Tinggi, Pahang.

If you’re looking to avoid sweating through your suit in the humid Malaysian climate, the village, which is located in the highlands, has a castle drawbridge that leads to a huge cobbled courtyard filled with colorful flowers, park benches, a water fountain, wishing well, and an intricate cuckoo clock tower inspired by the Riquewihr tower in France.

A photoshoot with the castle behind is sure to make you feel royal, and at night when the lights come on, you can take fairytale photos for your pre-wedding photoshoot!

Entrance to Colmar Tropicale is priced at RM12 for adults, and there is also a peaceful Japanese village a short distance up the road, which includes an authentic Japanese tea house and botanical garden, so if you are also looking for a romantic pre-wedding shoot on the theme of Asia, there is no better place than Colmar Tropicale!

6. Selangor-Japan Friendship Garden, Shah Alam

The garden is a Japanese-inspired garden with five scenic areas that showcase elements of Japan’s culture and sights without having to travel. With panoramic views of lush trees and bushes, zen ponds, and several Japanese-inspired features, if you’re looking for a soothing and tranquil pre-wedding photoshoot, look to Selangor-Japan Friendship Garden as your next location for your photoshoot.

Against a backdrop of trees resembling a scene from a Studio Ghibli movie, stroll along winding paths beside a koi pond and maze pond. In addition to this, there are also other Japanese-inspired features that you can have as your backdrop, such as the wooden torii walkways commonly found in temples and gardens, and the tsukubai, a traditional sink common in Japanese temples.

There’s also a Zen garden with a stylized Japanese rock garden that includes overgrown bonsai trees that can add a whimsical forest feel to your shoot. As well as free parking near the entrance to the garden, the garden itself is also free to enter and is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

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Here are all the Cobra Kai filming locations https://rgbonsai.com/here-are-all-the-cobra-kai-filming-locations/ Wed, 09 Mar 2022 18:01:00 +0000 https://rgbonsai.com/here-are-all-the-cobra-kai-filming-locations/ Cobra Kai is Netflix’s hit drama based on 1980s martial arts films the Karate Kid franchise. For kids growing up in Gen X in the United States, the Karate Kid was a cultural touchstone in pop culture for millions. Cobra Kai brought back combat for The Valley for a whole new generation, with even more […]]]>

Cobra Kai is Netflix’s hit drama based on 1980s martial arts films the Karate Kid franchise. For kids growing up in Gen X in the United States, the Karate Kid was a cultural touchstone in pop culture for millions. Cobra Kai brought back combat for The Valley for a whole new generation, with even more complex storytelling than ever before. Creators Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg are all big fans of the original movies and brought that fandom to the show. In the last 4 seasons of the serieswe saw OG Karate Kid the characters return in a way that most longtime fans never thought possible before. Actors Ralph Macchio, William Zabka, Martin Kove, Thomas Ian Griffith, Elisabeth Shue and others all reprized their original roles. At the same time, a whole new group of fighters were introduced to the cast, including actors Xolo Maridueña, Jacob Bertrand, Tanner Buchanan, Mary Mouser and Peyton List. With season 5 already filmed and wrapped in December 2021, a season 6 (possibly final) anticipated and possible Cobra Kai spin-off shows discussed, there’s still a lot to look forward to for the characters of Daniel LaRusso, Johnny Lawrence, and the ensemble cast.

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Have you ever wondered where they film Cobra Kai corn? We know the original The Karate Kid was based in Los Angeles, California in the Reseda neighborhood. Most of the original Karate Kid The film was actually shot around Los Angeles, apart from some work done in Arizona and New Jersey. The second Karate Kid the film was not shot in Okinawa, Japan (contrary to popular belief), and Karate Kid 3 returned to Los Angeles for filming. These days, other parts of the world have become prime filming locations for movies and TV shows. Cobra Kai made one of these areas their main filming center, however, they were always able to shoot in other Karate Kid-related parts of the world where warranted. Although all the places where Cobra Kai was filmed is officially confirmed, the vast majority have been and are now well documented online. However, there is a few more facts that have never been discussed in detail until now. Let’s take a closer look at everything Cobra Kaimain filming locations.


Related: 5 Predictions For Cobra Kai Season 5

Greater Atlanta, Georgia area


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Atlanta is the home of Cobra Kai and was so throughout its run. However, many of the show’s key scenes were shot in the surrounding Atlanta towns of Marietta, Union City, Fayetteville, Peachtree City, Conyers, Decatur, Sandy Springs, Austell, Roswell, Lithia Springs, Duluth, and East Point, in Georgia. Much of the series was also shot in locations open to the public. For example, the Cobra Kai The location of the dojo is at the Crossroads Mall in Atlanta. The convenience store next to the dojo is also there. However, if you were to stop by when filming is not in progress, you would barely recognize the location as all signs related to the show are removed and the area where filming is taking place usually has the windows covered and the locked doors.


Although an occasional exterior scene of the dojo may still be filmed there, most filming of the dojo has been moved to the show’s production studio in West Atlanta. It was reported that the name of the studio is Gray Studios, however, an internet search will yield nothing by that name. The main Cobra Kai filming studio was deliberately kept secret, presumably for the safety of the cast and crew. It should be noted that the Miyagi-Do dojo is located in the parking lot of this production studio and is not open to visitors. Actor Ralph Macchio owns the yellow 1947 Super DeLuxe convertible from the original films (he received it as a gift many years ago) and the actual car often appears on location for filming at Miyagi-Do.

Besides their main filming locations, the show sometimes uses other local locations to put their trailers, set up their catering, and more. when filming outside their studio. One such location was used in Season 4 at Lithia Springs High School in Georgia. Various cast members have posted photos of themselves on social media hanging out with each other backstage at their gis there. They are only allowed to share these types of photos once the final season airs on Netflix so as not to give away any spoilers ahead of time. The actors wore their gis for the last All-Valley Tournament which took place at the end of the season. Singer Carrie Underwood was a special guest on the show in Season 4 and appears in some of the cast photos outside of school. The show also uses local vendors for some of its sets, apparently renting bonsai trees from Plant City Bonsai in Clermont, GA during seasons 1 and 2. Another interesting note about the show is the house used as the family’s home. LaRusso during Season 3. sold for $2.4 million in February 2022. Therefore, any scenes in the LaRusso household from now on will likely be filmed elsewhere.


Okinawa, Japan


Why Cobra Kai Season 3 Had To Revisit The Karate Kid Part II And Its Legacy
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Karate Kid Part 2 was supposed to be based here, but the movie was actually shot on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. It was probably easier to stay in the US for the production team and both regions had a similar feel that worked for the film. The second Karate Kid the film starred Ralph Macchio (Daniel), Pat Morita (Mr. Miyagi), Yuji Okumoto (Chosen), and Tamlyn Tomita (Kumiko). Okumoto and Tomita reprized their roles in Cobra Kaiwith Okumoto (as Chosen) looking to play a big part in Season 5. Pat Morita sadly passed away in 2005. The team behind Cobra Kai made the decision to go all the way to Okinawa for a week of filming during Season 3, making this Daniel LaRusso’s first real trip to Okinawa. The landscape scenes between Daniel and Chosen by themselves would have been filmed there. That being said, other scenes, including Kumiko, were actually filmed in Atlanta, but were also described as being in Okinawa.

Related: Cobra Kai Star Teases Kreese’s Revenge In Season 5

The Greater Los Angeles Area, California


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A few key locations have been revisited in California to Cobra Kai, including Daniel’s former South Seas apartment complex from the original film in Reseda. Exterior shots of Johnny’s Cobra Kai apartment complex were also filmed in Tarzana, California. However, the main courtyard of the show’s apartment for Johnny and his student Miguel’s apartments are filmed on a soundstage in Georgia. Some Cobra Kai scenes in cars were also shot in California, such as when Johnny first sees Daniel’s car dealership billboard in the show’s first episode and another when Johnny and Miguel are hanging out together. Even with the vast majority of the show filmed in Georgia, California is still the fictional location of competing dojos Cobra Kai, Eagle Fang, and Miyagi-Do each season.



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Is it too cool? Bisol tests the limits of the highest vineyard in Europe https://rgbonsai.com/is-it-too-cool-bisol-tests-the-limits-of-the-highest-vineyard-in-europe/ Wed, 02 Mar 2022 19:45:00 +0000 https://rgbonsai.com/is-it-too-cool-bisol-tests-the-limits-of-the-highest-vineyard-in-europe/ Gianluca Bisol developed a taste for exotic wines near his home in Italy’s Veneto region. After making his fortune in the Prosecco boom with his family’s historic winery in Valdobbiadene, Bisol has taken on offbeat side projects with wine companies in places few (if any) others dare to go. Fifteen years ago he started his […]]]>

Gianluca Bisol developed a taste for exotic wines near his home in Italy’s Veneto region.

After making his fortune in the Prosecco boom with his family’s historic winery in Valdobbiadene, Bisol has taken on offbeat side projects with wine companies in places few (if any) others dare to go.

Fifteen years ago he started his small estate of Venissa on the Venetian island of Mazzorbo, a few centimeters above the level of the capricious lagoon. There, he propagated cuttings of Dorona, a heritage white grape, in a former fortified convent; a small wine resort and gourmet restaurant followed.

Seven years ago. he invests in the development of the Maeli estate with Elisa Dilavanzo, the former beauty queen turned winemaker, in the Euganean hills between Venice and the Dolomites. There, she focuses on making wines from rare yellow muscat.

Around the same time, he embarked on his most recent and extreme project: cultivating the highest vineyard in Europe, in the posh Dolomite ski resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo, about 100 miles north of Venice. At just three-quarters of an acre, the Vigna Major site is nestled at an elevation of 4,429 feet.

“I love niche wine production and I love Veneto,” says Bisol, now 55, as we walk along a dirt mountain path to Vigna Major. The vineyard, usually buried in snow most of the winter, is about 650 feet higher than Switzerland’s Visperterminen wine region, although Vigna Major has yet to start producing.

“In the same region, I will have the lowest vineyard in the world and the highest on the continent,” confides Bisol, the image of relaxed elegance with his jeans and his handlebar mustache.

In winter, the cold-resistant Incrocio Manzoni Bianco and Solaris vines and the bonsai trees of Vigna Major are safely covered with snow. (Courtesy of Gianluca Bisol)

Four years ago, he and his brother completed the sale of the nearly century-old Desiderio Bisol & Figli to Gruppo Lunelli, owner of sparkling wine producer Ferrari in Trento. He keeps his day job as president of Bisol while moonlighting as a boutique winemaker.

I’ve known and written about Bisol for years and found him to be a proud Venetian with an eye for beauty, money to invest and a knack for mixing. land with a luxury image.

Accordingly, he did not choose just any marshy plains for Venissa, he chose Venice. He didn’t choose any old mountain to make high altitude wine, but chose Cortina, which hosted the 1956 Olympics and will be a location again in 2026. Both towns have served as settings in James’s films. Jump.

So before going to Vigna Major, I thought about the idea rang costs. But, I was wondering, is this project right very cool– both in its rarefied exclusivity and, literally, in the climate? In other words, is Vigna Major just too far and up there?

A bit of history: The project began as an experiment by Cortina-born winemaker Fabrizio Zardini and Francesco Anaclerio, research director of a major international incubator based in Friuli.

In 2011, the men planted seven varieties in a clearing in the great forests of Cortina belonging collectively to the Regole d’Ampezzo, an association of descendants of the town’s founders.

On February 1, almost half of the vines were wiped out by freezing temperatures that lasted more than 10 days. The following year, more vines were lost to hail.

When Bisol met Zardini by chance at an event in Cortina in 2013, Zardini told him: “We cannot continue without investment.

Bisol agreed to buy out the project and keep the men on as consultants. Over the next few years, they studied the evolution of the vineyard and, in 2018, re-grafted it with what they found to be the two most cold-resistant grape varieties: Incrocio Manzoni Bianco, created in Veneto by crossing Riesling and Pinot Bianco, and early-ripening Solaris, bred in Germany in the 1970s and planted in early vineyards in England and French Normandy.

Today, Vigna Major is no ordinary vineyard. I visited in September, a few weeks before a small harvest was trucked to Maeli, where it was expected to produce enough wine for up to 50 bottles for friends and associates on Bisol’s gift list.

The vines – 1,380 in total – look stunted and bonsai-like, rarely climbing to waist height, with tiny green berries in small clusters. They seem even smaller against the spectacularly vast landscape dominated by Tofane, Cortina’s famous group of mountain peaks.

All of this begs the question: Are these vines happy here?

Given the extreme conditions, says Bisol, “We expect to be able to make wine in seven out of 10 vintages.” In 2022, he hopes to make 700 bottles of a wine that will be released under the name of Vigna Major.

“In years when there is good acidity, we will make a sparkling Champagne method”, he specifies. “If the summer is hot, we will make white [still] wine.”

So what is the indicate this side ?

“The point is to demonstrate that nature is very different at this altitude,” says Bisol, elaborating on the high solar radiation here, which helps kill mold and mildew. “In all parts of Europe, people are looking for higher vineyards [in response to] climate change.”

Let’s be real here. With less than 60 cases manufactured, what exactly will Vigna Major be? Wine or collector’s item? When Bisol told me the expected price was over $500 a bottle, the issue for me was settled. It’s a rare band that’s going to spend that kind of money.

Still, I’m intrigued by the type of wine it will produce.

“Wine from here will have a peak alcohol content of 11.5 to 11.7 percent,” says Bisol. “It will be a different experience.”

Bisol is about creating different experiences. It does not stop at Cortina. He continues to keep an eye out for Veneto, including the wine-packed hills of Valpolicella, for more different experiences he could create. With characteristic aplomb, he says he’s in no hurry.

“In life,” he says, standing amid the Vigna Major vineyards as ominous clouds gather over nearby peaks, “beautiful things just happen.”

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The Neon Dynasty trailer is a cyberpunk fantasy https://rgbonsai.com/the-neon-dynasty-trailer-is-a-cyberpunk-fantasy/ Thu, 10 Feb 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://rgbonsai.com/the-neon-dynasty-trailer-is-a-cyberpunk-fantasy/ A trailer for the next Magic: The Gathering expansion, Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty, shows off the kit’s Japanese-inspired cyberpunk cityscape. A brand new launch trailer for Kamigawa: The Neon Dynastya cyberpunk expansion for Magic: The Gathering, reveals a bright and exciting neon. The beloved trading card game, created by Wizards of the Coast, traditionally uses a […]]]>

A trailer for the next Magic: The Gathering expansion, Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty, shows off the kit’s Japanese-inspired cyberpunk cityscape.

A brand new launch trailer for Kamigawa: The Neon Dynastya cyberpunk expansion for Magic: The Gathering, reveals a bright and exciting neon. The beloved trading card game, created by Wizards of the Coast, traditionally uses a fantasy setting filled with warriors and wizards. However, the long-awaited Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty set for Magic: The Gathering will instead present a world full of looming skyscrapers and tech ninjas.

While the cyberpunk aesthetic of Kamigawa: The Neon Dynasty is quite original, the Japanese-inspired world was actually introduced to Magic: The Gathering in 2003. The original version of the kit however did not have the futuristic theme, but instead was directly inspired by ancient Japan and its mythology. The new setting was popular with fans, but the new mechanics introduced in Kamigawa were less well received. Kamigawa’s new iteration seems to stay true to that classic release, showcasing old-school concepts like samurai and dragons while giving them a modern tech twist. Despite the expansion that took place 2,000 years after the original set, Kamigawa: The Neon Dynasty ninjas and ninjutsu ensure that the fan-favorite frame is always recognizable.

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A new Kamigawa: The Neon Dynasty trailer, revealed by Magic: The Gathering on YouTube, demonstrates the combination of the expansion of tradition and modernity. As a narrator discusses the relationship between the past and the future, a bonsai tree is revealed to be a complex hologram. Kamigawa’s sci-fi Undercity then pops up around the tree, with various inhabitants frozen in the middle of intense action. Twin dragons swirl across the sky, revealing a sword-wielding samurai to wrap up the trailer. Magic: The Gathering’s Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty the expansion is now available to explore.


Magic: The Gathering allows players to assemble a large deck of different characters, and Kamigawa: The Neon Dynasty will add even more color to this list of cards. For example, an overview of Kamigawa: The Neon Dynasty Blade-Blizzard Kitsune features quirky mechanics and utilities that players can expect to encounter. The deadly fox ninja is capable of performing ninjutsu, allowing him to replace an unblocked attacker on the battlefield, and his unique design demonstrates the beauty of Kamigawa.

Kamigawa: The Neon Dynasty will come back Magic: The Gathering fans to the Japanese-inspired fantasy world. While the cyberpunk landscape is quite different from the classic 2003 Kamigawa, the new cinematic trailer shows how the expansion will marry tradition and innovation. Cyborg ninjas and holographic bonsai trees will create a truly unique aesthetic for the all-new Magic: The Gathering together, which is available now.


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Master Gardener: Pomegranates, the Ancient Snack https://rgbonsai.com/master-gardener-pomegranates-the-ancient-snack/ Thu, 10 Feb 2022 06:27:08 +0000 https://rgbonsai.com/master-gardener-pomegranates-the-ancient-snack/ February 9—Pomegranates are an exotic fruit that dates back to ancient times. In Persia they were used as a carpet dye and in India they were considered a symbol of fertility, probably because the fruit is filled with hundreds of small fruits inside the membrane. In fact, the scientific name, Punica granatum, translates to “seeded […]]]>

February 9—Pomegranates are an exotic fruit that dates back to ancient times. In Persia they were used as a carpet dye and in India they were considered a symbol of fertility, probably because the fruit is filled with hundreds of small fruits inside the membrane. In fact, the scientific name, Punica granatum, translates to “seeded apple”, the name given to the fruit in the Middle Ages. Spanish settlers and missionaries brought pomegranates to California.

Pomegranates make an excellent ornamental landscape tree in the San Joaquin Valley. They are very heat tolerant and can survive in alkaline soils which would kill many plants. They have many uses, such as hedges, shade trees, fruit trees, potted plants, and even bonsai. There are many cultivars to choose from, whether you need them for a container or a full-sized tree. What if you don’t want to deal with fruit? They have that covered too. There are beautiful pomegranates with double flowers that do not fruit.

Standard pomegranates form round deciduous shrubs or multi-branched trees up to 20 feet tall. While the proven varieties are ‘Wonderful’ and ‘Granada’, there are now many new varieties for sale that are marketed as ‘seedless’ or ‘soft-seeded’. Although they still have seeds, they are very soft and edible. The new varieties should be available at your favorite nursery. If not, ask them to order them for you. The University of California for Agriculture and Natural Resources has a pomegranate resource page, with a list of suggested varieties for the backyard orchard here: https://homeorchard.ucanr.edu/Fruits_&_Nuts/Pomegranate/

Dwarf pomegranates make excellent container plants and can be used as bonsai trees. There are several varieties, such as ‘Chico’, which are unsuccessful. ‘Nana’ and ‘Purple Sunset’ will bear small fruits that can be used in many arts and crafts projects.

Non-fruiting pomegranate varieties are ‘California Sunset’ with double coral flowers, ‘Toyosho’ with double peach flowers, and ‘Noshi Shibari’ with double white flowers. These are all very showy, and because they don’t set fruit, the flowering time is much longer. I have California Sunset, and I must add that the flowers are huge and the hummingbirds love it.

Plant pomegranates in the warmest, sunniest location for the best, sweetest fruit, but they will also survive partial shade. New trees should be cut to a foot tall when they are about two feet tall. From this point, allow 4-5 shoots to develop, which should be evenly distributed around the short trunk to keep the tree well balanced. Since the fruits are only borne at the tips of new shoots, it is recommended to shorten the branches every year for the first 3 years. This will encourage the maximum number of new growth from all sides and help develop a strong framed tree. After the third year, only suckers and dead branches are removed.

New trees need enough water to establish themselves. Regular watering promotes fruit development and reduces thorns. Mature trees only need to be watered once every 2-3 weeks during the summer, and if it rains in the winter, there is no need to water at all during the winter. The flowers develop on new shoots each spring and the fruits ripen in the fall.

Pomegranates have the usual problems with aphids, whiteflies and mealy bugs; however, lady beetles and predatory lacewings also lay their eggs on the leaves, helping to control these pests. A moth called the omnivorous leaf roller may be a pest in our area. The larvae feed on the crust, causing damage. After entering the fruit, they feed on the seeds until pupation. Weed control can reduce the insect population, and spraying with Bacillus thuringiensis (a biological pesticide that targets worms) also helps. Fortunately, there is usually enough fruit for both the home gardener and the moth to enjoy.

Pomegranate is self pollinated as well as insect pollinated. Cross-pollination increases fruit set, so encourage any birds, bees and butterflies that are attracted to these bright scarlet flowers by not spraying pesticides unless absolutely necessary.

So this is it. Large ornamental small trees that like the sun and the heat, have scarlet flowers to attract birds in summer, and autumn colors and fruits in addition.

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Master Gardener: Pomegranates, the ancient snack | Food and cooking https://rgbonsai.com/master-gardener-pomegranates-the-ancient-snack-food-and-cooking/ Wed, 09 Feb 2022 17:09:49 +0000 https://rgbonsai.com/master-gardener-pomegranates-the-ancient-snack-food-and-cooking/ The pomegranate is an exotic fruit that dates back to antiquity. In Persia they were used as a carpet dye and in India they were considered a symbol of fertility, probably because the fruit is filled with hundreds of small fruits inside the membrane. In fact, the scientific name, Punica granatum, translates to “seeded apple”, […]]]>

The pomegranate is an exotic fruit that dates back to antiquity. In Persia they were used as a carpet dye and in India they were considered a symbol of fertility, probably because the fruit is filled with hundreds of small fruits inside the membrane. In fact, the scientific name, Punica granatum, translates to “seeded apple”, the name given to the fruit in the Middle Ages. Spanish settlers and missionaries brought pomegranates to California.

Pomegranates make an excellent ornamental landscape tree in the San Joaquin Valley. They are very heat tolerant and can survive in alkaline soils which would kill many plants. They have many uses, such as hedges, shade trees, fruit trees, potted plants, and even bonsai. There are many cultivars to choose from, whether you need them for a container or a full-sized tree. What if you don’t want to deal with fruit? They have that covered too. There are beautiful pomegranates with double flowers that do not fruit.

Standard grenades form round shrubs deciduous or multi-branch trees up to 20 feet tall. While the varieties tested are “Wonderful” and “Granada”, there are now many new varieties for sale that are marketed as “seedless” or “soft seeds.” Although they still seeds, they are very soft and edible. The new varieties should be available in your favorite nursery. If it does not, ask them to order it for you. The University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources has a page of resources on the grenade, with a list of varieties suggested for backyard orchard here: https://homeorchard.ucanr.edu/Fruits_&_Nuts/Pomegranate/

Dwarf pomegranates make excellent container plants and can be used as bonsai trees. There are several varieties, such as ‘Chico’, which are unsuccessful. ‘Nana’ and ‘Purple Sunset’ will bear small fruits that can be used in many arts and crafts projects.

Non-fruiting pomegranate varieties are ‘California Sunset’ with double coral flowers, ‘Toyosho’ with double peach flowers, and ‘Noshi Shibari’ with double white flowers. These are all very showy, and because they don’t set fruit, the flowering time is much longer. I have California Sunset, and I must add that the flowers are huge and the hummingbirds love it.

Plant pomegranates in the warmest, sunniest location for the best, sweetest fruit, but they will also survive partial shade. New trees should be cut to a foot tall when they are about two feet tall. From this point, allow 4-5 shoots to develop, which should be evenly distributed around the short trunk to maintain the balance of the tree. Since the fruits are only borne at the tips of new shoots, it is recommended to shorten the branches every year for the first 3 years. This will encourage the maximum number of new growth from all sides and help develop a strong framed tree. After the third year, only suckers and dead branches are removed.

New trees need enough water to establish themselves. Regular watering promotes fruit development and reduces thorns. Mature trees only need to be watered once every 2-3 weeks during the summer, and if it rains in the winter, there is no need to water at all during the winter. The flowers develop on new shoots each spring and the fruits ripen in the fall.

Pomegranates have the usual problems with aphids, whiteflies and mealy bugs; however, lady beetles and predatory lacewings also lay their eggs on the leaves, helping to control these pests. A moth called the omnivorous leaf roller may be a pest in our area. The larvae feed on the crust, causing damage. After entering the fruit, they feed on the seeds until pupation. Weed control can reduce insect population and spraying Bacillus thuringiensis (an organic pesticide that targets worms) also helps. Fortunately, there is usually enough fruit for both the home gardener and the moth to enjoy.

Pomegranate is self pollinated as well as insect pollinated. Cross-pollination increases fruit set, so encourage any birds, bees and butterflies that are attracted to these bright scarlet flowers by not spraying pesticides unless absolutely necessary.

So this is it. Large ornamental small trees that like the sun and the heat, have scarlet flowers to attract birds in summer, and autumn colors and fruits in addition.

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Pomegranates for Ornamental Landscaping – The Sun-Gazette Newspaper https://rgbonsai.com/pomegranates-for-ornamental-landscaping-the-sun-gazette-newspaper/ Wed, 09 Feb 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://rgbonsai.com/pomegranates-for-ornamental-landscaping-the-sun-gazette-newspaper/ Standard pomegranates form round deciduous shrubs or multi-branched trees up to 20 feet tall. While the proven varieties are ‘Wonderful’ and ‘Granada’, there are now many new varieties for sale that are marketed as ‘seedless’ or ‘soft-seeded’. Although they still have seeds, they are very soft and edible. The new varieties should be available at […]]]>

Standard pomegranates form round deciduous shrubs or multi-branched trees up to 20 feet tall. While the proven varieties are ‘Wonderful’ and ‘Granada’, there are now many new varieties for sale that are marketed as ‘seedless’ or ‘soft-seeded’. Although they still have seeds, they are very soft and edible. The new varieties should be available at your favorite nursery. If not, ask them to order them for you. The University of California for Agriculture and Natural Resources has a pomegranate resource page, with a list of suggested varieties for the backyard orchard here: homeorchard.ucanr.edu/Fruits_&_Nuts/Pomegranate.

Dwarf pomegranates make excellent container plants and can be used as bonsai trees. There are several varieties, such as ‘Chico’, which are unsuccessful. ‘Nana’ and ‘Purple Sunset’ will bear small fruits that can be used in many arts and crafts projects.

Non-fruiting pomegranate varieties are ‘California Sunset’ with double coral flowers, ‘Toyosho’ with double peach flowers, and ‘Noshi Shibari’ with double white flowers. These are all very showy, and because they don’t set fruit, the flowering time is much longer. I have California Sunset, and I must add that the flowers are huge and the hummingbirds love it.

Plant pomegranates in the warmest, sunniest spot for the best, sweetest fruit, but they will also survive partial shade. New trees should be cut to a foot tall when they are about two feet tall. From this point, allow four or five shoots to develop, which should be evenly distributed around the short trunk to keep the tree well balanced. Since the fruits are only borne at the tips of new shoots, it is recommended to shorten the branches every year for the first three years. This will encourage the maximum number of new growth from all sides and help develop a strong framed tree. After the third year, only suckers and dead branches are removed.

New trees need enough water to establish themselves. Regular watering promotes fruit development and reduces thorns. Mature trees only need to be watered once every two to three weeks during the summer, and if it rains in the winter, there is no need to water at all during the winter. The flowers develop on new shoots each spring and the fruits ripen in the fall.

Pomegranates have the usual problems with aphids, whiteflies and mealy bugs; however, lady beetles and predatory lacewings also lay their eggs on the leaves, helping to control these pests. A moth called the omnivorous leafroller can be a pest in our area. The larvae feed on the crust, causing damage. After entering the fruit, they feed on the seeds until pupation. Weed control can reduce the insect population, and spraying with Bacillus thuringiensis (a biological pesticide that targets worms) also helps. Fortunately, there is usually enough fruit for both the home gardener and the moth to enjoy.

Pomegranate is self pollinated as well as insect pollinated. Cross-pollination increases fruit set, so encourage any birds, bees and butterflies that are attracted to these bright scarlet flowers by not spraying pesticides unless absolutely necessary.

So this is it. Large ornamental small trees that like the sun and the heat, have scarlet flowers to attract birds in summer, and autumn colors and fruits in addition.

The Master Gardeners will be live to answer your questions on Saturday, February 19 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Visalia Farmers Market in the southwest parking lot of the Sequoia Mall in Visalia. You can also contact them at 559-684-3325, or visit their website at ucanr.edu/sites/UC_Master_Gardeners.

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‘Bonsai Factory’, The Theory and Practice of Bonsai Cultivation – The New Indian Express https://rgbonsai.com/bonsai-factory-the-theory-and-practice-of-bonsai-cultivation-the-new-indian-express/ Sat, 29 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://rgbonsai.com/bonsai-factory-the-theory-and-practice-of-bonsai-cultivation-the-new-indian-express/ Express press service The cramped neighborhood of Rohini in West Delhi, home to tall buildings and tiny balconies, includes a terrace that houses hundreds of small bonsai trees, adding greenery to the cityscape. The work of 79-year-old Mangat Singh Thakur, this bonsai garden features more than 550 bonsai trees, including species like Chinese orange, mango, […]]]>

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The cramped neighborhood of Rohini in West Delhi, home to tall buildings and tiny balconies, includes a terrace that houses hundreds of small bonsai trees, adding greenery to the cityscape.

The work of 79-year-old Mangat Singh Thakur, this bonsai garden features more than 550 bonsai trees, including species like Chinese orange, mango, guava, which Thakur has diligently maintained since 2001. Its compact terrace is the place where he experiments with art.

Thakur believes bonsai cultivation is not just a routine practice; it is an art, a philosophy and a form of exercise. His interest and willingness to continue working despite his advanced age keeps him going.

Bonsai plant from China orange

years of learning
A traditional Japanese art form, bonsai cultivation refers to the practice of growing a plant in a miniature form. A bonsai tree, if planted and cared for properly, can live for hundreds of years.

Thakur first discovered the concept in 1978 at a workshop organized by the Indian Bonsai Association at ITC Maurya in Delhi. Here, Thakur understood the basics of these plants. “The more I learned, the more interested I became,” he says. After retiring in 2001, Thakur decided to carve out more space for himself to get serious about bonsai planting.

The first bonsai he planted was a banyan tree in 1972, which is still in good condition on his terrace. “This tree accompanied me throughout my transfers to various places in India. It taught me a lot about this art,” he comments.

As his collection grows day by day, Thakur makes it a point to spend two to three hours in his garden. During potting season (usually February), he works on his plants for about six hours.

Catalyst for change
Thakur was able to introduce the theory and practice of bonsai cultivation to a wide audience. He regularly posts informative bonsai videos on his “Bonsai Factory” YouTube channel – he has over 9,000 subscribers – and also hosts virtual classes for enthusiasts. He taught over 100 students in nine batches; its tenth batch begins in February.

Thakur’s work has also been widely appreciated. “I became more popular after my retirement than when I worked in the bank (laughs).”

Hoping to take these lessons forward, Thakur is writing a book on bonsai planting in Hindi. Understanding bonsai can help farmers use their resources properly, and so, Thakur adds, his book will be geared towards farmers and gardeners.

“Most bonsai books are in English and are expensive. I thought I should write in Hindi so that it reaches the common man. I also plan to keep the cost low so people can easily buy these books,” he says.

Although he is no less than a master of bonsai cultivation who is well versed in the ins and outs of this art form, Thakur still considers himself a student. “I am not an artist. I am simply a student and will remain so until the day I die,” he concludes.

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An Easy Guide to Ficus Ginseng, aka Bonsai https://rgbonsai.com/an-easy-guide-to-ficus-ginseng-aka-bonsai/ Tue, 25 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://rgbonsai.com/an-easy-guide-to-ficus-ginseng-aka-bonsai/ Ginseng ficus trees are tiny trees steeped in history and make great additions to your houseplant collection. If you are interested in the ancient Japanese art of bonsai, this is the perfect starter plant. It requires minimal care compared to other bonsai trees, making it a great entry-level option. You can start learning the art […]]]>

Ginseng ficus trees are tiny trees steeped in history and make great additions to your houseplant collection. If you are interested in the ancient Japanese art of bonsai, this is the perfect starter plant. It requires minimal care compared to other bonsai trees, making it a great entry-level option. You can start learning the art of bonsai and creating your own Zen garden in no time.

What is a Ficus ginseng and where does it come from?

Ficus ginseng grows in all tropical regions of the world and is native to Southeast Asia. They have narrow, raised roots with a trunk that often resembles legs. The miniature tree has tiny leaves protruding from the crown of the plant, giving it an interesting look.

The art of bonsai uses techniques of growing and training small trees. With lots of practice, root pruning, crown pruning, and root containment, Bonsai artists can create small trees that actually look like their full-size versions.

Ginseng is a Chinese word meaning roots. Thus, the Ficus ginseng is named because of its unique roots and shape. Generally, if you were to purchase one, your plant will already be quite mature as popular bonsai will need tending before their thick trunks grow.

Ficus ginseng at a glance

botanical name: Ficus ginseng, Ficus retusa and Ficus microcarpa.

Other names: Ginseng Ficus, Bonsai, Ficus Bonsai.

Height and growth rate: Adult height is 31-61cm. Slow growth.

Light: Direct sun.

watering: Water when the soil dries out slightly.

Temperature: Indoor domestic temperatures.

Pet Toxicity: Toxic to pets.

Plant parent level: Beginner level.

How to take care of your Ficus ginseng

Light

Ficus ginseng is slow growing and really depends on a good amount of light to thrive. Placing the plant on a windowsill is a great option as long as it is filled with bright, indirect light. The best place will be in a window that receives morning light. Afternoon sunlight may be too harsh on the plant.

watering

Be sure to water your plant thoroughly, but only when the soil becomes slightly dry. You don’t want to overwater your plant so it drips because it can get fungal issues that way. It’s best to keep the soil a little moist during the summer and less water during the winter months, as most of these plants will go dormant during the cooler months. Make sure your plant’s roots are not lying in water. A great way to prevent this from happening is to place the tree on a tray filled with pebbles. This will also help regulate humidity.

Temperature

Ginseng ficuses do well at normal household temperatures. You want to avoid placing them in places where there are too many drafts because a rapid change in temperature is never good for the plants. Be sure to mist your plant occasionally to ensure it gets enough moisture. However, the waxy leaves of the plant will tolerate lower humidity if you don’t have the best conditions. In the summer, you can take your plant outside if the temperature is 15 degrees Celsius or higher. As long as you keep it in the sun and make sure the soil stays moist, you should be fine.

Maintenance

When it comes to bonsai, maintenance is really important. You will need to prune your plant to create the full bonsai look. If you want your trunk to thicken, avoid pruning for a year or two. This will cause new shoots to grow from the old wood. When you’re ready to prune the plant, most people say to prune two leaves after six to eight leaves have grown. Just make sure you’re using sharp tools that have been cleaned to ensure your plant doesn’t get a disease.

When it comes to repotting, you should always check the roots first. Also, with Ficus ginseng, you really don’t need to repot it every year because it is slow growing. If it’s time to repot your plant, you will need to cut the roots of the plant. Take only a little from the lower part of the roots. This will help it settle into its new pot that you’ve filled with bonsai soil.

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Common problems with a Ficus ginseng plant (and how to fix them):

Falling leaves: The ficus ginseng can lose its leaves for several reasons. It may be because they are overwatered or there is not enough moisture in the air. They may not be getting enough light or they may be in a draughty area. You really need to assess your personal situation as everyone’s homes are different. It may take a while, but you will find the perfect place to keep your bonsai.

Fungal problems: If you overwater your Ficus ginseng, you may end up with fungus. If you start to see white or black fungus or mold, there may be a more serious problem. Before you do anything, be sure to move your infected plant away from the rest of your collection so it doesn’t spread. You will then want to remove the tree from its pot. This is when you can check to see if root rot is the cause of the fungus. Anything that appears to be infected will need to be pruned. Then you will repot your tree in a clean pot with new bonsai soil. You can spray your plant with a fungicide to kill any remaining fungus.

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Phipps’ New Show An Ocean of Color Features Orchids, Bonsai, Live Fish and More | Arts + Entertainment | Pittsburgh https://rgbonsai.com/phipps-new-show-an-ocean-of-color-features-orchids-bonsai-live-fish-and-more-arts-entertainment-pittsburgh/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://rgbonsai.com/phipps-new-show-an-ocean-of-color-features-orchids-bonsai-live-fish-and-more-arts-entertainment-pittsburgh/ Click to enlarge Photo: Phil Johnson II and Paul G. Wiegman Orchid and tropical bonsai show: an ocean of colors at the Phipps Already sick from the cold? Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens has a cure for the winter blues with their new exhibit. Opening on 15 Jan. Orchid and tropical […]]]>

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Orchid and tropical bonsai show: an ocean of colors at the Phipps

Already sick from the cold? Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens has a cure for the winter blues with their new exhibit.

Opening on 15 Jan. Orchid and tropical bonsai show: an ocean of colors includes vibrant orchids, fruiting and flowering bonsai, and more. An ocean of colors is the latest iteration of the annual show.

Abby Krick, interactive marketing coordinator at Phipps, explains that the tropical theme was chosen during the colder months of the year to help people take a break from the chill.

“This year’s theme, An ocean of colorsemphasizes a tropical environment with vibrant hues, aquatic-themed exhibits, and tropical plant life,” she says.

Previous Orchid and tropical bonsai shows include A touch of shine in 2021, and eye candya 2019 exhibit that featured orchids and other plants shaped into patterns inspired by sweet treats.

Click to enlarge Tropical Orchid and Bonsai Show: A Sea of ​​Color at Phipps - PHOTO: PHIL JOHNSON II AND PAUL G. WIEGMAN

Photo: Phil Johnson II and Paul G. Wiegman

Orchid and tropical bonsai show: an ocean of colors at the Phipps

This show, designed by Kevin Haughey and Jordyn Melino, differs from previous years and will complement another upcoming exhibition. Krick says that for this year’s theme, Phipps wanted something “very tropical and aquatic” to complement the Hawaii Rainforest Showwhich will run concurrently with the Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show from February 19.

“Over the past few years we have increasingly focused on new themes for our orchid and tropical bonsai exhibit to bring a fresh perspective to this showcase of some of our favorite plants,” Krick said. “In 2020, for example, we used the ‘Out of This World’ theme to create exhibitions inspired by outer space.”

Another difference from previous shows is that for the first time there will be live goldfish swimming in the Sunken Garden.

“These beautiful fish served as inspiration for the theme of this show and we wanted them to have time to shine in our greenhouse,” Krick said.

Along with live fish, there will also be “whimsical fish decor,” such as fish-shaped planters and orchid sculptures. A soothing soundtrack of flowing water will play throughout to set the mood, making this show a true tropical escape.

“Guests can expect a show filled with diverse varieties of orchids and tropical bonsai trees from our own personal collections,” Krick said. “The orchid family has over 28,000 currently accepted species, which means there are endless possibilities in terms of variety, and each bonsai is unique thanks to the decades of careful artistic pruning it receives.”

In addition, customers can consult the interactive screens at Garden railway: bridges and tunnels show, which features miniature recreations of western Pennsylvania scenes.

Tickets must be reserved in advance and face masks are required for guests aged 2 and over.


Orchid and tropical bonsai show: an ocean of colors. Continues until March 6. Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. 1 Schenley Park,
Oakland. Included with admission. phipps.conservatory.org

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