One of the things that has always motivated me in bonsai is making something out of not a lot. Being a Brit’ I am genetically a sucker for a lost cause. When I buy trees I never go out of my way to get the best stuff, that costs a lot. I like to buy the oddball stuff nobody else want’s. There is little to compare to the rewarding feeling of turning an ugly duckling into a swan and it can pay very well too.

This week we had a whole bunch of yamadori arrive. The tree I made a b-line for was the worst and cheapest of the lot. This oak was looking very sad with it’s dead top and a big ugly stump sticking out of the side. A perfect candidate for a 15 minute fix. Sure it will need a bit of growing and the deadwood needs a little refinement but now it looks worth the effort.