we have just returned from Singapore where we did not see a single bonsai, but we did upon returning go to Bangkok to buy some fish, as we were there we went to some of the bonsai shops there, I hope you like pictures, there are about 35 of them,
this is a part of the Bangkok live fish market, this is the wholesale section where shop keepers buy their fish,
we then went to look at some fish, imagine our surprise when we saw a bonsai in a vivarum display!
a slightly better look at it,
then another one,
this time with a couple of figures,
this was the first shop/stall we found,
a nice forest effect,
a bit difficult to see but there were some fruit on this one,
a bit easier to see here,
another from the same stall,
then time to move on, these next shops on the other side of the road that goes past Chatachat market in Bangkok,
sorry about the cables in the shot,
notice the trees chained to the tables with wheels, this is a busy main road so a snatch and grab could happen!
it was a bit difficult to know where to take pictures first,
all of the trees looked so nice,
the majority haveing moss on the base I guess to keep moisture in, it is so hot out here
I must admit I did like this group of trees in the middle of the picture,
so I asked the price, 65,000 baht, at todays rate, $2,140, Ã‚Â£1,311, a bit out of our price and skill range!
another fine tree,
a look across the shop front,
it is a bit difficult to judge size, so this is my understanding girlfriend to give you some idea of sacle,
and with some of the smaller plants on offer,
for me they just keep getting better and better,
one thing I have mentioned in previous posts is that I was going to make some fast draining soil, well look at the soil in this pot,
lots of earth and coconut husks to keep the moisture in, the gravel on the outside is just decoration,
we next moved to the shop with bonsai on wheels,
this for me was a lovely forest group,
then a huge stump with just some small growth,
next another forest effect,
tree over rock,
another forest chained to it's base,
this one was the one in the shop for me, I inquired the price, you got it! the only tree in the shop that was not for sale!
the owner told us it was over 100 years old, of course it must have been repotted many times but I wonder how old the pot was?
we then made our way to the back of these shops where there is an alley way and came upon this shop,
and found this one for sale 2,600 naht, $85.00 or Ã‚Â£52.50 at todays rate, by now it was getting late so it was time for us to go, I hope you enjoy the pictures and sorry if I am not sure about calling trees or bonsai or the correct names of styles, we will be returning to Bangkok in a couple of months time so I will take a few more snaps and also of any bonsai we see on our travels, happy prunning! sfk.