Winter Hazel Revisit-

14 hours ago Nebby 0
Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. To keep on our schedule of posting about this slow-developing specimen every 4-5 years, we are now due for episode three… This knobby Winter Hazel (Corylopsis spicata) was an old bonsai that had seen better days when it arrived in the garden in 2011. I did a post about it back Read More

A Couple of Accents

4 days ago Nebby 0
Source: Watto Bonsai Blog. Accents plantings are needed when exhibiting your bonsai and I generally have a few “on the go” so I can use them if required. Here are two that are currently looking OK so I thought I would share. Close up of the flower The first planting is in a pot hand Read More


6 days ago Nebby 0
Source: Watto Bonsai Blog. This small Zelcova serrata looked wild before its late spring/early summer trim and tidy up. I think it now looks respectable for the coming festive season. More work is required on the leaf size and the ramification but those two things go hand in hand so a few leaf size reduction Read More

How to Correctly Read Bonsai Heresy-

1 week ago Nebby 0
Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. When a student sent me this photo I began to worry that others might be having similar reading malfunctions. We are here to help. If you can’t make any headway with Bonsai Heresy, please—before calling, writing, or showing up on the doorstep—check that you aren’t taking direction from Rich, a past Read More

The ‘Ugly Pig’ Hawthorn

2 weeks ago Nebby 0
Source: Watto Bonsai Blog. Some time ago I sought some advice, suggestions or maybe that was a way forward for a hawthorn that I had fallen out of love with. A well respected and talented international bonsai artist that I was having a workshop with (another tree as the subject) was asked for his opinion Read More

Nebari development Zelkova clump bonsai

2 weeks ago Nebby 0
Source: Growing Bonsai Blog. At the end of summer, I separated this Zelkova air layer from the donor plant. At that time, I planted the layer on top of a piece of Slate to help develop the nebari. Since then it has been sitting in a corner of the yard, waiting for better times. In Read More

Magnolia Liliiflora #2

2 weeks ago Nebby 0
Source: BonTsai Blog. After having seen several nice magnolia bonsai in Japan, both in publication and in person, they’ve become among my favorite species for bonsai cultivation. I was a bit sad to leave behind my previous magnolia project in Japan, but it’s in good hands and will develop into a great tree. It’s rather Read More

What are your influences?

2 weeks ago Nebby 0
Source: Tony Tickle Bonsai Blog. Its fascinating understanding people different approaches to the creation of their bonsai, I have often heard at exhibitions “I have never seen a ‘tree like that in nature”. My reply is “you need to get out more!” Every day I get to walk in nature, I have amazing trees that Read More

Focus on Fall Pruning: Chojubai

2 weeks ago Nebby 0
Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. It’s been a while since I’ve posted about the endearing and rambunctious flowering shrub Japanese Flowering Quince, ‘Chojubai’. It grows vigorously, flowers well, and stays small. And it’s a good subject for fall work overview. Old Chojubai in the fall Often we are laser focused on our bonsai when they are Read More

Revisiting A Dead-Topped Azalea-

3 weeks ago Nebby 0
Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. Several years ago a weak Satsuki ‘Kinsai’ azalea arrived in the garden with a dead crown, dead branches, and shari down two sides—characteristics that suggested a promising juniper rather than an azalea. After a period of puzzling, we thought a prostate styling might be a new future for it, and that, Read More