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The 5th Zhongguo Fen Penjing Exhibition – Part 2

1 month ago Nebby 0
Source: Valavanis Bonsai Blog.     Today I spent the morning studying and photographing the shohin bonsai exhibition. The trees are superb, equal in quality to the huge specimens displayed outdoors. Shohin bonsai do not present the heavy and powerful feeling of the larger specimens. It appeared as though each artist had about 5-6 feet Read More

2019 5th Zhongguo Fen Penjing Exhibition– Part 1

1 month ago Nebby 0
Source: Valavanis Bonsai Blog. The 5th Zhongguo Fen Penjing Exhibition is being held this weekend on October 19-21, 2019 in Nanjing, China, a short 4 HOUR bus trip from the Shanghai Airport, after traveling over 18 hours from home.   The exhibition is huge and I did not get an opportunity to study the layout Read More

About taper in bonsai

1 month ago Nebby 0
Source: Growing Bonsai Blog. Taper in trees outside People just starting off with bonsai often overlook a few simple things when thinking about bonsai. One of them is the taper in the trunks. If you look at trees in a park or in the landscape the trunks are very homogenous only slowly tapering away into Read More

Deciduous Early Development Part II: Magnolia

1 month ago Nebby 0
Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. An infrequently used deciduous genus for bonsai, Magnolia nonetheless offers a unique, bold personality among our ranks of status-quo Tridents and Elms. Most commonly used for bonsai is Star Magnolia, Magnolia stellata, among the Magnolia species options. The Star Magnolia is a modest shrub or minor tree rather than one of the Read More

An Advance Open Bonsai Workshop

1 month ago Nebby 0
Source: Valavanis Bonsai Blog.   This afternoon I had another Open Workshop for my advance students to style and refine their bonsai. There were a few interesting bonsai which were brought into the studio. Alan continued to work on my formal upright RAF Dwarf Scots pine removing old needles and excess buds in preparation for Read More

New Talent Contest Germany

1 month ago Nebby 0
Source: Growing Bonsai Blog. Last weekend saw the annual national bonsai exhibition of Germany. During this exhibition also the finals of the New Talent Competition took place. Because I am a resident of Germany for a while now, and a member of a German bonsai Club, I was also invited to participate. My club supported Read More

Deciduous Early Development Part I: Japanese Maple

2 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. The first part of this development series covers a few gangly specimens of Japanese Maple. Japanese Maple is one of the most challenging early development deciduous trees because of its propensity to make long internodes. It’s also one of the best examples of a theme that runs throughout the next few Read More

Restyling an itoigawa shinpaku

2 months ago Nebby 0
Source: BonTsai Blog. Recently Oyakata gave me a nice itoigawa shinpaku to work on. It came from one of our long time clients. He recently decided to part with a large portion of his collection which we are now selling on his behalf via consignment. In order to prepare the trees for sale and to Read More

Japanese Maple Emergency

2 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Growing Bonsai Blog. Closing large cuts on Maple bonsai Since some 5 years I have an old Japanese maple. I got it from a nursery specialized in maples. In the corner they had a stack of trees that did not fully survive a late frost that spring (Which is exactly why I went there. Read More