Que Hermoso Bonsai!

2 weeks ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. I believe this pine (variety unidentified) belongs to Pavel Slovák (see below for links). I assume it’s yamadori (bonsai collected from the wild) and the lower trunk’s curve is the result of countless years of snow load. Monday morning, so we’ll make it quick with a one tree post. I found it Read More

A Bonsai Artist on a Mission

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Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. This rugged beauty with its luminous fall foliage is a Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia). Like most of the photos shown here, it’s from Harry Harrington’s bonsai4me website It has been a while since we visited our friend Harry Harrington, a bonsai artist on a mission to style ten thousand bonsai in one lifetime (or so it Read More

New Apprentice at Crataegus: Jarryd Bailey

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Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. In the summer of 2016 a visitor from Tasmania dropped into our studio for a visit. He spent a few hours with us, and asked if by chance there were any openings in classes the next couple weeks. As it happened, there was an unexpected opening and we were able to Read More

Three Magnificent Trees & the 6th U.S. National Bonsai Exhibition

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Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. Bill Valavanis air layered these three Koto Hima Japanese maples from the same tree back in 1986. A couple things happened when I discovered the photos above on Bill Valavanis’ timeline. First, I was impressed with the trees and their history and thought you might enjoy them, and second… I realized that it’s time to remind Read More

Growing Ficus from roots

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Source: Bonsai Hunk Blog. One method to propagate new plants is from root cuttings. These are heavy pieces of root that are cut off during the potting or re-poting process. Select a root that shows some nice movment and plant the lower end into bonsai soil. Leave 1-6″ of the top of the root exposed. Read More

A Brilliant Before & After Bonsai from Humble Beginnings…

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Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. Before and after Japanese maple. Another magical transformation by Suthin. We’ve been enjoying some excellent before and after transformations lately. Particularly ones by our friend Suthin Sukosolvisit, one of our most prolific and brilliant North American bonsai artists (Suthin is originally from Thailand, but he has been here long enough to to have American children and grandchildren, so I Read More

Messages from Our National Bonsai Treasure

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Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. John Naka’s famous Pomegranate (Punica granatum) has been in training since 1963. It was donated to the North American Collection at the U.S. National Bonsai & Penjing Museum by Alice Naka in 1990. There’s something about a quality bonsai displayed with a beautiful scroll. Our thanks to Alexander Voorhies for this and the Read More

Ethics of Collecting: Backcountry Bonsai

3 weeks ago Nebby 0
Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. Collecting has been a thing for years in North America. And like many places, we do have eye-candy in wild areas that supports our bonsai desires. Wherever you live, if you go out seeking trees, please educate yourself in how to do it. Or buy trees from those who do know. Read More

PRIVET

3 weeks ago Nebby 0
Source: Watto Bonsai Blog. This privet was dug maybe ten years ago but I have been a bit neglectful with it and not given it enough attention. The leaf color is not a vibrant green like most other privets, there is a hole through the nabari and it is currently in an old Australian made Read More

Gilding the Bonsai

3 weeks ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. Gilding the lily. Or more accurately, gilding the Satsuki azalea. You might like this brilliant tree in such a colorful pot when it isn’t blooming, but as is… well, you be the judge. I found the photo and the other two shown here on Kuanghua Hsiao’s timeline. Mr Hsiao wrote… By Bonsai Addicted, but we know better Read More