(What we don’t like talking about…) TOO MANY BONSAI-

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Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. Many of us are natural ‘gatherers’. We collect things, much like bower birds and pack rats. And then we either present them in display cases, tuck them into storage units, or, if they are bonsai, arrange them in our backyards. Gathering is an endearing trait. And we have things to show Read More

Summer Blues and Lots of White Pines

6 days ago Nebby 0
Source: BonTsai Blog. The summer season at Kouka-en has been quite slow. Unlike the stressful intensity of the Kokufu period or the physical strain of repotting season, summer season here is a marathon. The persistent humidity, intense sun, and for me, an endless stream of mosquitoes put a damper on my energy. During this period, Read More

Is my bonsai dead?

7 days ago Nebby 0
Source: Growing Bonsai Blog. The validity of bark scratching So.. One of the questions often asked when growing bonsai is “Is my bonsai dead?”. Invariably, someone will suggest the bark scratch test. The reasoning being: You scratch off the bark. Below the bark is (often) a light green layer which people think is the cambium Read More

2019 6th Upstate New York Suiseki Exhibit

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Source: Valavanis Bonsai Blog. The 6thUpstate New York Suiseki Exhibit, sponsored by the Suiseki Study Group of Upstate New York was held on September 7-8, 2019 during the Autumn Open House & Sale at the International Bonsai Arboretum, in Rochester, New York. This exhibit is held every two years in late summer. Fifteen members displayed Read More

2019 Autumn Open House & Sale

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Source: Valavanis Bonsai Blog. This autumn’s Open House & Sale took place on Saturday and Sunday, September 7-8, 2019. In addition to many new bonsai creations in the garden most items were offered at a 20% discount, some were even at 50% off too. Four formal bonsai displays were arranged in the demonstration room as Read More

The Dark Paths of Apprentices, Pt. II

2 weeks ago Nebby 0
Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. Some of you may be following this sub-thread about the apprentices here at Crataegus Bonsai. This past week was a whirlwind as John Eads, the new apprentice, moved into the studio residence with his wife and two kids. The move itself was cacophonous and involved many boxes, several families, and 12 Read More