Just thought I’d chime in here with some direct experience of Peter and his nursery (I’m located v close to him in the UK). Also not a comment specifically to joe_d, I’m just such a newb I haven’t worked out the “post and reply” system yet…
I definitely agree with the comments about him having forgotten what a lot of us haven’t even learnt yet, and him being one of the people that brought a lot of us into this game. He certainly was for me, and I still love getting out to see the nursery. Also just for info, he’s a multi-career guy! I think he started out in business, used to be a pretty good competitive cyclist as a side line, then an engineer, then worked in government for a while, even before starting his nursery as a day job back in the 1980s. So he’s definitely got a lot - more than a lot - to contribute and I’ve got a lot to thank and respect him for. True, he’s going a lot quicker than Ryan Neil is at Mirai on the livestreams, but he’s running what seems to be a much bigger and higher turnover outfit. The other half of his business BTW is landscaping… so he’s not “just bonsai”, but also wider horticulture.
I think of it this way. Peter Chan got me into bonsai, and I found Mirai after about four or five years of learning via that route, but I’ll still fully keep up with and listen to Peter. So Mirai for me was a “step up” in the sense of going into more detail and technique, but also just a change up in approach - Ryan’s got a very energetic and (obviously) technical, detailed, formal, trained, exacting approach and “feel”. Peter’s got a broader “base”, I think.
Lol, I remember first seeing Mirai on the “Spring Fundamentals” vid on YouTube and as a Brit thinking “Wow, who’s this crazy American guy with built biceps waving around and speaking loudly about water uptake FOR AN HOUR?!” Contrast Peter who (I’ve noticed) seems to focus a lot on enjoying the tree and the practicality of keeping (erm) “many” trees in good nick
Ah well, two different approaches / attitudes / mindsets, and I’m lucky to be able to flip between both!
Lol I’ll need it as I work my way through repotting the 100 or so larger and smaller tress I’ve now got at various stages in pots of a better or worse description. They’re like Gremlins, folks, don’t put them near water or they’ll multiply
Happy Spring to everybody!