Learning a language, knowing a culture

1 month ago Nebby 0
Source: The National Bonsai and Penjing Museum Blog. I. Phases of Language. As I write to you today, I’m only a few days shy of my first six months as an apprentice at Aichi-en Bonsai Nursery in Nagoya, Japan. I’d like to start off this month’s writing by briefly discussing the language component of living Read More

You Can Look but You Better Not Touch & Other Scary Bonsai

1 month ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsaibark. Halloween? At first glance you might just see the tree and the cobwebs and miss the hands. This photo and the one just below are from Robert Steven’s 2014 International Bonsai Art & Culture Biennale. We’ve added two photos (Nick’s Poison ivy & a strange looking Trident maple) to our Halloween posting from the last Read More

Leaves vary a lot

1 month ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsai Hunk Blog. One interesting thing to know is that Ficus leaves can vary greatly. They can vary in size, shape, texture, color etc. They even can vary on the same plant or whether the plant is growing strongly or just slowly. Growing figs from seed reveals also that almost every seedling shows some Read More

Great Bonsai Photos Make a Real Difference

1 month ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsaibark. Close up of Chinese quince that belongs to Luis Vallejo. Here's the original caption... "Pseudocydonia sinensis (Thouin), Masahiko Kimura Nursery, Japan, in the Luis Vallejo bonsai collection since 2009" There's a photo of the whole magnificent tree at the bottom of this post We featured a few Luis Vallejo bonsai yesterday and now Read More

Flowering Cherry 2017 Growth and Autumn Colour

1 month ago Nebby 0
Source: Scratch Bonsai Blog. A quick update for the records of this flowering cherry last posted here autumn 15 current nebari autumn 17 I’ve finally got more backbudding and after a couple of years free growth I’ve got more to work with and the trunk is slowly maturing in age and girth.  Good colour this Read More

Art Shots from a Famous Bonsai Museum

2 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsaibark. The bark on this tree speaks of age and combined with the low somewhat twisted shape of the trunks, creates a story of harsh conditions (most varieties of deciduous trees that grow in open easy conditions, tend to grow more upright). The photo was posted by Luis Vallejo. Based on the leaves, I'm guessing it's a Chinese elm Read More

40th GSBF Convention, Riverside

2 months ago Nebby 0
Source: BonTsai Blog. Today I was able to attend the 40th annual Golden State Bonsai Federation convention conveniently held here in Riverside. A short 10 minute drive brought me to the convention center where I spent my day. Despite only being able to attend one of the 4 days in the show I was able Read More

Urban Yamadori First Styling

2 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsaiko Blog. First styling on this urban Yamadori Tam Juniper. Lots of long branches that are kept for now until new branches grow closer to the trunk. If all goes well, I would like to move this tree in a smaller pot spring 2018. Read More

Before & After White Pine at the Pacific Bonsai Museum

2 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsaibark. Here's a before and after that involves bringing an overgrown tree back to it former splendor. The tree is a formal upright Japanese white pine that resides at the Pacific Bonsai Museum. The artist is Tyler Sherrod. I’m a big fan of the Pacific Bonsai Museum and of course, a good before and after Read More

Brilliant, Full Fall Color Pomegranate Bonsai

2 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsaibark. You can find this brilliant, full fall color Pomegranate (Punica granatum)and a whole host of other powerful bonsai at Bonsai Mirai. It has been a while since we featured Ryan Neil’s Bonsai Mirai. If you don’t know Bonsai Mirai, you’re in for a treat. And if you’re ever in the Portland Oregon area, you can enjoy Read More