David Silver

I am a professional landscaper and Master Gardener and I have over 30 years of experience with bonsai and gardening.  I have studied with Japanese, Chinese, and American Bonsai masters. I am the owner of Bantam Bonsai, a garden design, construction and maintenance business. Bantam Bonsai specializes in Japanese, perennial, rock and water gardens as well as vegetable gardens.  

Memberships:Bonsai Clubs International, the  Greater Hartford Bonsai Society, the Master Gardener’s Association, the Garden Writers Association, the Connecticut Cactus and Succulent Society, the Carnivorous Plant Society and the Connecticut Orchid Society. My articles on bonsai have appeared in Bonsai Today and the Journal of the American Bonsai Society. In addition, I am regular contributor to Bird Talk magazine on the relationship between plants, people and companion birds.

One of my hobbies is weather observation and record keeping. My weather station consists of a Nimbus digital max/min temperture gauge, a Nimbus digital barometer, a Maximum anenometer and a Rainwise 8" tipping bucket rain gauge. I have been keeping weather records since 1986. The station elevation is 920'/ I report in to CTweather.com, Brad Field and Wxedge. My other main hobby is breeding exoctic finches.

 

Latest Articles

  • Time to Get Out the Deadwood
    Now is the perfect time to get out into the gardens. Yes! At this time of year we have the perfect opportunity to inspect our shrubs and trees for winter damage. Diseased or damaged wood should be removed...
  • A Beginner's Guide to Keeping Weather Records
    I live on Bantam Lake and began keeping weather records when a friend and I were having a spirited discussion about when the lake had iced over the previous winter. I was of the opinion that it had frozen...
  • Let's Grow Orchids!
    If you ever wanted to try growing an orchid, then the Phalaenopsis or moth orchid is among the easiest orchids to grow. This type of orchid is ideal for growing on a windowsill.  These orchids thrive...
  • Plant bulbs now for a colorful show in the Spring
    I love Fall. The leaves are changing, the air is cool and it is time to plant bulbs. Nothing in gardening expresses a hope for an early Spring like planting bulbs. There are many types  of...
  • Fall's other colors
    Most people head to the mountains for the Fall foliage season but the Connecticut shoreline has its own special beauty when it comes to Fall. I had an opportunity to walk along the shoreline in Old Saybrook...
  • October is on the way: time to plant garlic!
    There is nothing like the taste of garlic from your own garden and the varieties of garlic available for the home garden are nothing like the garlic you  buy at the grocery store chains. There...
  • Delightful Dahlias
    There is nothing like Dahlias to give a huge boost of blooming color to the garden in August. And those blooms, with proper care will last right until frost. The Summer blooming perennials are mostly...
  • Deadheading: a garden maintenance necessity
    I have always thought that a great name for a gardening company would be "The Grateful Deadheaders". Deadheading is the gardening term for the removal of spent flowers and it is a necessary part of garden...
  • Garden update for July: The watering rule
    It has been very hot and very dry so it is useful to learn a few things about watering. The first thing is that vegetables need an inch of water per week to thrive. An inexpensive plastic rain gauge can...
  • Garden update: Time to prune Azalea
    If the flowers have completely faded on your Azaleas, then it is time to prune. There are many varieties of Azalea and the bloom time can vary from mid-April to mid to late May. It...
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