Choosing the Front: Old Collected Trees

3 weeks ago Nebby 0
Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. How do we choose a front on an older, collected tree? A few tips: Keep an eye out for fronts that show a trunk line that is not an S curve Use the special features of the tree; this might be unusual movement, shari, live vein, jin, old branch, cavity, or Read More

The Tallest Trees in the World Brought Down to Bonsai Size

4 weeks ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. Closeup of a California Coast redwood from Bonsai Mirai’s collection. It’s interesting that most Redwood bonsai tend to be so stocky, given that that they are the tallest trees in the world. You can see the photo of the whole tree below Continuing from yesterday with Bonsai Mirai,the home of what Read More

Cross Country Bonsai Wagon

4 weeks ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. One of several bonsai recently posted by Bonsai Mirai. No varieties were given for any of the trees shown here (on social media*), but we do know that they belong to Ryan Neil. If you’d like to know more about these trees and you have time, you can sort through the Mirai website. Even if you Read More

Bonsai Pioneer Mas Ishii & Michael Bonsai

4 weeks ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. Here’s Michael’s (Michael Bonsai) caption for this tree… “I was “craving” to style my 80 year old Masaru-Ishii grafted juniper. I’ve never been really happy how it was prior styled. – This is the first time I really like the outcome, because I styled it myself and was motived after a Read More

Backyard Bonsai 14 – “A Little Bit Above Average”

4 weeks ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. Bird’s eye view of Dan Dolan’s backyard. It’s Monday Monday and I’ve been at work since 7:00am, mostly answering emails and putting out small fires. Given that time is of essence, we’ll get out our tools and dig back into our archival mine. This one, Dan Dolan’s backyard, originally appeared in September, Read More

One-Seed Juniper Bonsai

1 month ago Nebby 0
Source: Bjorn Bjorholm Bonsai Blog. This past week, I had the pleasure of visiting the Denver Bonsai Society and working with a few individuals in the area.  One of the highlights of the trip was working with a relatively untapped native US species known as One-Seed Juniper. Not only are the deadwood characteristics of this Read More

Bonsai Folk Art

1 month ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. Bonsai folk art. There’s so much that’s unusual and delicious about this one, that I won’t bother to say much, except that the tree looks like an Olive (talk about asleep at the wheel, and thanks to a couple astute readers, we’re going have to revise this to Rosemary), I love Read More

Grape Bonsai, in a League of Its Own

1 month ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. We don’t see grape bonsai that often and of the ones we have seen, this one is in a league of its own. Even if it weren’t a grape, the well-tapered trunk with its powerful base, beautifully carved deadwood, undulating live vein* and long cascading branch present an impressive picture. And Read More