Spring at Elandan Gardens

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Source: Ry2Tree2 Bonsai Blog. Date published: 2017, June 30Source material: 2017, April-May           As you may guess by looking at my recent posts (or lack thereof), May and June were busy months for me. Unfortunately, due to weekends packed with multiple field trips for classes, the Puget Sound Spring Show (which Read More

Let Your Ficus Grow Before Repotting and Defoliation

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Source: Hoe Chuah Bonsai Blog. Summer is a busy time for people who love and grow a lot of sub-tropical and tropical bonsai. I live in Southeast Texas, and start to repot, defoliate and wire my ficus in June. By this time the Texas heat is intense, daily temperature is in the 90s with heat Read More

Two More Brilliant Before & After Bonsai

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  We found these two photos at Bonsai Shikoku. All the text is Japanese and there are no intermediate photos, so what you see is what you get. At a glance you can see that there have been two major changes. First, the foliage has been thinned in order to expose most of the trunk Read More

Still Crazy and an American Bonsai Classic

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Michael Levin's 'Hatanaka' Prostrata juniper, June 2015. Even though the foliage hasn't filled out yet, this shot clearly shows the bones of the tree and seems like a good place to start. Still Crazy. Yesterday we put together a Before and After post that featured three trees by Bonsai Crazy (aka Uchida Yusuki). This jogged Read More

Ethics! Do it right or don’t do it at all!

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Source: Backcountry Bonsai Blog.   Alright people. We are long overdue for an article on ethics and responsible collecting. An in depth blog post will follow shortly but in the meantime, we all need to chew on this: The future of bonsai in America rests on all of our shoulders. There are truly magnificent trees Read More

Building Structure

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Source: Adam’s Art and Bonsai Blog. There might be a tree here. Underneath the leaves, somewhere. Maybe. But I do believe it’s time for the scissor. Let’s see what’s underneath.  Ah, I see a trunk. We might have a bonsai here, instead of a bush. Not that a bush is bad….. There are even some branches. Yup. Uh huh. Movement too.  Sometimes Read More

Poor Man’s Tea

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Source: Bonsai Beginnings Blog. Sweet Plum Chinese Sweet Plum Chinese Bird Plum Hedge Sageretia Pauper’s Tea Mock Buckthorn Sageretia theezans Sageretia thea sa-jer-ET-ee-a Chinese Bird Plum Sageretia theezans Sageretias are tender shrubs with small green leaves and leathery exfoliating bark that leaves a multicolored patchwork. In summer tiny flowers appear in the leaf axils of Read More

Seasonal Work on an Upright Hackberry

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Source: Bonsai Tree Blog. A little more of the history behind this tree can be read in a previous blog here. However in brief it is a tree which I started from seed around 15 years ago, first field growing it and then developing it further in a container. I have learnt much about bonsai Read More