Twisting and Turning

5 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsai Hunk Blog. When presented with material that is young and lacks interesting features I will search for ones that have twists and turns. Great bonsai can be created from this rather unexciting material. Using wire to shape long and limber pieces is another way to introduce interesting shapes. Another way is to use Read More

Roots, Rocks & Summer Vacation

5 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsaibark. I love this tree. The texture and movement as it flows over the rock is perfect, and the fine ramification (branching) is excellent. Nice pot too. The photo is from the 2017 Kokufu Exhibition. No variety is given (the majority of great Japanese root-over-rock bonsai are Trident maples, but the ramification seems too Read More

July: Bulging-trunk Bonsai (Ficus Microcarpa Mallsai)

5 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Practical Bonsai Blog. Have you ever done something and while you’re doing it you know you’ve made a mistake?  My ficus microcarpa pick for the month I had that feeling about. If you’re not sure what I mean I’ll give you an example.  Yesterday I made homemade pretzels with my daughter. We followed the Read More

Deadwood & Flowers

5 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsaibark. This rather spectacular Prunus mume (Japanese apricot) is from the 2017 Kokufu Exhibition. As you can see, there's deadwood galore - almost as if the whole tree is simply deadwood and flowers - but unlike some deadwood, it looks natural and to my eyes at least, not a bit overdone. Part of this is Read More

Developing a trident maple – before and after

5 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsai Tonight Blog. Emphasis is often placed on how much we can remove from our trees. Today, I’ll flip that around to emphasize the importance of generating new foliage. Here’s a trident maple after reducing the trunk. Trident maple – June 2017 The idea is to encourage new shoots that in time will form Read More

Full Cascade Before & After – Stone Lantern Summer Vacation

5 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsaibark. Here's another routine maintenance before and after. As you can see, it's a monster cascading Juniper. Just how 'monster' we don't know, as there's no size given. Nor is there a variety (looks a lot like a Shimpaku juniper) or an artist/owner Like yesterday’s post, this one is from BonsaiBaison. It’s part of Read More

Before & After – a Remarkably Unusual & Beautiful Bonsai

5 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsaibark. After. I'm going to guess that this distinctive tree is a Shimpaku juniper. No variety or artist/owner is mentioned by our source (below). I picked it because it is so remarkably unusual and beautiful. My only question is... is it unbalanced with the mass of the tree floating in space way off to the right? Read More

How To Make Great Designs A Little At A Time

5 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsai South – Zach Smith Bonsai Blog. I’ve shown you this Bald cypress forest, Taxodium distichum, in previous posts.  It was bequeathed to me by Allen Gautreau, and old bonsai friend I’d known for 25 years.  Allen Continue Reading → Read More

Monster Demo Bonsai on a Monster Hydraulic Turntable

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Source: Bonsaibark Monster Demo Bonsai on a Monster Hydraulic Turntable That's famous bonsai master, Kunio Kobayashi on the right, getting ready to tackle his monster demo tree. And yes, that's a Green T Professional Hydraulic Lift Bonsai Turntable gamely holding the behemoth up. The after shot is below It’s Saturday, a good day to catch up Read More