Be patient with pines in summer

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Source: Bonsai Tonight Blog. As decandling season comes to a close, you might notice summer buds forming on some of the first trees you decandled this season. Summer buds Ideally we’ll see two buds at the end of every branch. Ideally. It’s common – and perfectly fine – to see anywhere between zero and five Read More

The Creeping Fig – Ficus pumila/repens

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Source: Bonsai Hunk Blog. A fig commonly found in many garden centers used as a hanging basket plant is Ficus repens/pumila. Commonly called the Creeping fig. It is one of an assortment of figs that will climb up tree trunks, stone or brick walls and soon cover the surface with a very dense covering of Read More

Photographing Bonsai – Change Your Viewing Angle

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Originator: Bonsaibark This shot looking up into the tree accentuates the dynamic flow of the trunk and allows for a clear look at all its texture and other details. The artist, Mauro Stemberger doesn't identify any of the trees shown here, but it's safe to say Juniper with this one, though we won't guess the Read More

Name Your Own Price

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Originator: Kaizen Bonsai Blog Part of the problem with the bonsai business is that, at least as far as plants are concerned, there is a very limited supply. It’s not possible to walk into some mystical superstore reserved exclusively for commercial suppliers and fill your boots. We can’t just buy what we need when we Read More

Bonsai work

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Source: Adam’s Art and Bonsai Blog. “The highest reward for a person’s toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it. ” 
~ John Ruskin  Ok, for those of you who googled good ol’ John, he did have some odd ideas. But this one quote is pretty spot on. Just Read More

A Lifetime of Bonsai Inspiration

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Originator: Bonsaibark This convoluted Buttonwood (Conocarpus erectus) belongs to Ed Trout of Pembroke Pines Florida. The container is by Sonny Boggs. The photo is from the 5th U.S. National Bonsai Exhibition Album. We always have an eye out for unique, high quality bonsai and this one certainly qualifies. A little over two weeks ago we Read More

Wildly Unique Before & After Bonsai

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Before and after by Alfredo Salaccione (Bonsailab.) The after version is so wildly unique that you'll most likely recognize if you stumble upon it five years from now. And what a dramatic change. The way the branching and foliage has been moved and refined is dramatic enough, but then there's the deadwood (upper left on the Read More

Juniper Bonsai Before & After – Cleanup Day

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Before and after on cleanup day. It's a Tam juniper (Juniperus sabina ‘Tamariscifolia') that belongs to Michael Hagedorn. It’s finally sunny after interminable and often torrential rains, so it’s time to dig back into our archives so we can get outside asap. This post originally appeared almost exactly a year ago to the day. Here’s Read More

From Wild to Wild – Another Before & After Bonsai

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After. This distinctive European spruce, aka Norway spruce (Picea abies) was collected in Switzerland in 1993. It's now 25cm (10") high and around 100 years old. The strikingly naturalistic pot (by Mateusz Grobeiny) and those little plants (succulents?) growing around the trunk and flowing down side of the pot add a strong natural touch. So Read More

From the brink….

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Source: Adam’s Art and Bonsai Blog. The back story…… Early February, 2017. Gulfport Mississippi, on a tour. I’m at Buck’s house, working on trees. A lot of trees. I did some carving on a podocarpus.  Wired it up too. That was fun.  Did some touch up carving and styling on a Campeche  Flat top style.  We Read More