Wild Plum Bonsai, Before & After

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Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. Walter Pall’s Wild plum (Prunus cerasifera) before and six years later Continuing with our latest before and after series… Walter Pall has long been a favorite of ours. Aside from his massive bonsai collection and his considerable skills in developing and maintaining that collection, Walter takes the time to walk us Read More

Fall is a Good Time to See Weak Branches

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Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. In the fall we’ve got a golden opportunity to see where are our deciduous bonsai have weak spots. It’s fairly simple. If one has a bonsai that is losing its leaves, pay attention to the branch that is the first to turn color, and the first branch to lose its leaves. Read More

Godzilla Refines a Monster Bonsai – Before & After

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Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. Before and after Rocky Mountain juniper (Juniperus scopulorum) by Todd Schlafer. The tree belongs to Mike Andrews. For the Godzilla reference, scroll down to the bottom of the post Continuing with another before and after transformation by Todd Schlafer (see Oct 19th). Here’s a quote by Mike Andrews (facebook)… “Progression of Read More

Shadow Shots & Stainless Bonsai Tools

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Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. Juniper with shadow. This and the other trees shown here belong to Luis Vallejo It’s time to visit Luis Vallejo, one of our favorites. I was attracted to these photos for their artist value as well as for the trees themselves. The only text Luis provided is… “Preparando exposición. 17/25 Noviembre 2018.” Though Read More

A Piece of Rebar, Some Nerve & More than a Little Skill

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Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. This before and after by David Benavente provides a look at what you can do with a piece of rebar, some nerve, and more than a little skill. I originally posted this in 2010 and can longer find David’s original, but if memory serves, the tree is a Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) Continuing Read More

Bonsai on Instagram – Great Trees, Great Stones

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Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. There’s a lot going on with this one. Especially the two types of exposed roots – the long aerial roots growing down to the flat stone on the right, and the other set of roots fanning down the side of the large stone (the stone is another nice feature). I couldn’t find the type Read More

How the BIG Yew looks today

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Source: Tony Tickle Bonsai Blog. I have had this BIG Yew (Taxus Baccata) many years, this is how it looks today. I have the branch structure in place so over the next few years it’s simply a case of building the foliage mass. Look HERE for lots of background on this tree. Go to the Read More

Bonsai Skill & Vision – Before & After

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Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. Before and after Procumbens Juniper by Todd Schlafer at the Des Moines Botanical Gardens Continuing with our venerable Before and After tradition… This is only the second time* we’ve featured bonsai by Todd Schlafer, but there will certainly be more. Todd  is one of a significant (in numbers and skill) crop of young Read More

Four Weeks in the Life of a Lilac

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Source: Watto Bonsai Blog. This tree/shrub was rescued (dug) from a garden more than ten years ago and has been in training since about 2011. It was originally a triple trunk however one of the trunks was removed to provide some simplicity. Always my main goal was to have this in flower and this year Read More