More Before & After Bonsai Mania

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Source: Bonsaibark. Juniper before and after, by Michael Hagedorn, Crataegus Bonsai. Michael says it's a Juniper procumbens, but it looks a lot like a J. procumbens 'nana' to me (that's the dwarf cultivar), especially in the before below. Continuing with our Before and After mania. This one is from our archives (way back in July, 2010) with Read More

Maintenance Before & After Bonsai

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Source: Bonsaibark. This muscular little tree is a good example of a maintenance before and after. The artist (or artists) that wired and trimmed it perform their magic at Bonsái Pavía. You might remember them from just the other day. The tree looks a lot like a Taxus  Yesterday we posted a from scratch before and after. Today it’s a maintenance before Read More

Bonsai from Scratch – Before & After

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Source: Bonsaibark. I think this qualifies as 'from scratch.'No small amounts of skill and imagination were required to get from what you see on the left to what you see on the right. You've got the good makings of a trunk and a lot of potential leaders and branches to choose from, but beyond that it's pretty rough. Read More

Culture & Local Bonsai Styles

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Source: Bonsaibark. This venerable, naturally dwarfed Ponderosa pine belongs to American/British bonsai artist and teacher, Colin Lewis. Colin lives on the coast of Maine. Ponderosa pines grow in the inland mountains of the western U.S.; two distinctively different environments This post originally appeared here in June, 2011. It was titled Local Bonsai Styles 2: Growing Conditions, Read More

Shopping for Bonsai in Japan

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Source: Bonsaibark. I've always had a soft spot for three fingered Shohin bonsai (bonsai that are easily held with three fingers). Particularly ones from Japan, where most of the good ones seem to show up... at least in photos. This one looks like a Shimpaku juniper. It's from Bonsái Pavía, as are all the photos in this Read More

Winter Bonsai Silhouettes – Coming Sooner than You Think

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Source: Bonsaibark. In addition to the massive nebari and the lush soft green foliage contrasted with the soft creme pot, you might appreciate the near perfect photograph. It was taken by the omnipresent Joe Noga (all the photos in this post are his as are numerous other bonsai photos featured on this blog and elsewhere). As you Read More

A Small Man Contemplates a White Pine from Below

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Source: Bonsaibark. I borrowed this delicious little gem from Michael Bonsai. Michael doesn't say who it belongs to or what it is, but given his fondness for Japanese black pines, and given that it looks like a Japanese black pine, well you get the drift. We could even go a little further and speculate that Read More

Celebrating Forty Years of Bonsai

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Source: Bonsaibark. This sweet Japanese black pine with its thinned and reduced needles and its gnarled old trunk jumps right off the page. The luminous pot and the way it accentuates the color of the tree's bark doesn't hurt either. Together they provide a study in simplicity and attention to detail. It belongs to Michael (of Michael Bonsai). Read More

Meandering Myrtles

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Source: Bonsaibark. Here's the copy from our source (a Bark post last November titled Meandering Lines)...  "This Myrtle (Myrtus communis) belongs to Andrea Albergo. The pot is by Greg Ceramics and the photo is by Harry Harrington. I chose it for the lead tree for several reasons; I'm not sure I've ever seen a Myrtle Read More