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The Three Foliage Sizes of Collected Trees

2 days ago Nebby 0
Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. That title needs explaining. When we collect a tree from the wild, the needles or leaves that come out that first year might be tiny. We begin to tap a beer keg in celebration of having unwittingly collected the only half-sized foliage plant on the mountain, clearly a dwarf of some Read More

US National Bonsai Exhibition Update

5 days ago Nebby 0
Source: Valavanis Bonsai Blog. Thank you for checking my blog. I finally figured out how to list the Virtual 3D video. Check it out, I think you will enjoy the work Jason Henderberg created. Go to the source blog (Valavanis Bonsai Blog) to read the full article: US National Bonsai Exhibition Update Read More

2021 7th US National Bonsai Exhibition

5 days ago Nebby 0
Source: Valavanis Bonsai Blog. default This year’s exhibition was held on September 11-12, 2021 in the Total Sports Experience in East Rochester, New York. The 55,000 square foot facility is composed of two indoor fields. One field was used to display over 200 bonsai while the other field, surrounded by plexiglass had over 45 vendors. Read More

A Trick for Correcting a Wire-Scarred Branch-

1 week ago Nebby 0
Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. Spiral scars seem to happen overnight. You go to bed with happy thoughts only to arise with badly bitten in wire. Wire scars on some plants can last well into a bonsai’s maturity. How might we correct that?  Though slight, wire marks like this bug me. This Chojubai was wired when Read More

Shohin Plum in Pat Kennedy Pot

2 weeks ago Nebby 0
Source: Watto Bonsai Blog. This post is in recognition of a great potter, Pat Kennedy, who is one of the best bonsai pot creators in Australia. This particular pot is a “difficult” colour to match a tree with but because it is a small pot, used for shohin bonsai, brighter colours are not only allowed Read More

Reworking An Old, Decapitated Azalea

2 weeks ago Nebby 0
Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. The thing with azaleas is they can lose their heads. The tops often die off after prolonged stress. A few years ago the garden received several old Satsuki azaleas in this predicament. I admit to enjoying these puzzles. What do you do with them? Often there’s a lot of interesting structure Read More

Atlantic Cedar Repot

2 weeks ago Nebby 0
Source: Watto Bonsai Blog. This cedar has been in its current pot for too long and it was time to give it a more appropriate pot. The pot it was in is a beautiful pot but just not suitable any more for this tree. The foliage on this tree has turned a yellow colour over Read More

30 Year Juniper Development Story

3 weeks ago Nebby 0
Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. Most young bonsai plants are put in larger pots or in the ground to bulk them up. This is one example of a tree grown only in a very small pot, for 30 years. We don’t get a large trunk that way, but the gain is in micro-detailing. The juniper featured Read More

US National Bonsai Exhibition- Sold Out!

4 weeks ago Nebby 0
Source: Valavanis Bonsai Blog. Thank you for your interest in the 2021 7th US National Bonsai Exhibition. Unfortunately, due to facility limitations and covid protocals, all weekend passes and daily tickets are sold out. We would like to accommodate everyone, but cannot. During the past few days, an overwhelming multitude of entrance tickets and banquet tickets Read More

Photographic Timeline of Kusamono

4 weeks ago Nebby 0
Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. Today I thought it’d be fun to show how several kusamono—large accents usually displayed without a bonsai—have changed through the last decade or so in my garden. How kusamono morph with age is often striking. Often the plant / root mass / pot balance shifts to favor the root mass. Some Read More