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A Juniper Orchid (to go with our Pine Orchid…)

2 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. Some of you might remember a quirky Shore Pine that we put on a post in 2017, calling it the first Pine Orchid in the yard. Yesterday this juniper was styled, and it hangs on the neighboring post that supports the shade cloth structure (thank you Bobby Curttright). The juniper is a Read More

Eisei-en Grand Opening

2 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Bjorn Bjorholm Bonsai Blog. After months of planning, preparation and building, we are excited to announce the Grand Opening Event of Eisei-en Bonsai Garden in Mount Juliet, TN on September 1-2, 2018! The event is open to the public from 9am-5pm both days, with free demonstrations by Naoki Maeoka (Japan) and Mauro Stemberger (Italy). Read More

A Bonsai in Hand – a Quick Study on Perspective

2 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. This Willow left Ficus (Ficus nerifolia) belong to Suthin Sukosolvisit. If you are familiar with this species and know something about its typical leaf size, then you may not be fooled by the presentation. However, if you aren’t familiar with this variety of Ficus, you might imagine that the tree is considerably larger than Read More

Kissing the Rock

2 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. That’s a rock sticking out on the left side of this Trident maple. According to Juan Andrade, the maple is kissing the rock (Arce “besando” la roca) Continuing with the bonsai of Juan Andrade… Juan is one of a whole host of young Western apprentices (Costa Rica in Juan’s case) who Read More

A Kimura-esque Bonsai Transformation

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Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. This Kimura-esque transformation was accomplished by Juan Andrade. Here’s Juan’s caption… “Trying to make the shortest tree you can when styling a bonsai? Hmmm … ? 2 yr. project comes to fruition at AichiEn. 2016: I bent, cutback, repotted with the assistance of John Milton and Martin Díaz. 2018: I styled Read More

2018 41st Annual Mid-America Bonsai Exhibition

2 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Valavanis Bonsai Blog. The 41stMid-America Bonsai Exhibition sponsored by the Midwest Bonsai Society was held at the beautiful Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Illinois. Held on August 17-19, 2018, this well organized and attended exhibition is one of the oldest exhibitions the country. The Chicago Botanic Garden has an excellent and diverse bonsai collection Read More

Strolling Through Walter’s Backyard Bonsai Garden

2 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. Well, we know it’s a pine, but we could only guess the variety and we’ll forsake guessing today (your guess is as good as mine) Seeing the trees photographed at home on their benches is a different experience than seeing them when they are photographed in a studio setting. All the Read More

Our National Bonsai & Penjing Museum, an American Treasure

2 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. This famous old Japanese white pine is one of the most powerful bonsai anywhere. You can find it at the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum. As always. the photo, though enticing, doesn’t begin to do justice Overslept this morning and then had to deal with delivery of 127 boxes of Bonsai Read More

Simplicity, Elegance & More than a Little Skill…

2 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. Simplicity, elegance and more than a little skill is expressed in plantings like this and the one below. Often Penjing landscapes will include a whole range of items, both manmade and natural. In this case we have only three trees and what looks like three rocks, or rock clusters. And of Read More

Maintaining a Ficus mound

2 months ago Nebby 0
Source: The National Bonsai and Penjing Museum. The heat, humidity and long sun exposure of the summer makes it an excellent time for working on tropical bonsai since the trees are growing rapidly and will quickly recover from work. That’s especially important in a display collection such as the one at the National Bonsai and Read More