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

Potenilla

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Source: Rusted Root Bonsai Blog. This is my Potenilla when I collected it at the start of 2014. In it’s new pot I got from Ian Baillie in February of this year. I love the colors that are in the pot. The flowers are white. It’s developing nicely and should make a nice bonsai in 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

Defoliating Ficus Bonsai

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Source: Hoe Chuah Bonsai Blog. Defoliating ficus bonsai can be tedious as there are literally thousands of leaves to remove. For a shohin, this could be easily done in half an hour or less but for a large tree, it would take several hours depending on how big and how ramified the tree is. When Read More

Shohin Juniper Rigida; 3 Years Development

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Source: Robert Nocher Shohin Bonsai Blog. This shohin Juniper Rigida belongs to my friend Gerry but I have been closely involved with its development over the past 3 years. I have had difficulty maintaining the health and vigour of this species in the past but this one is quite different. It has grown with strength  right 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

Bonsai @ Greenmount

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Source: Northern Ireland Bonsai Blog. This weekend the Northern Ireland Bonsai Society will be putting on a small display of trees at the Greenmount Campus in Antrim. This is a come along and have a go type event with trees being worked on during the two days and some sale items will also be available. Read More