A Year in Review

1 month ago Nebby 0
Source: BonTsai Blog. I’m soon approaching my 1 year mark of my apprenticeship in Japan. I recently took a brief visit to California last month for some work and to see family and friends. It’s given me some time to review my thoughts and feelings of my time invested so far. I wanted to be Read More

Bloody Hell A Blog Post

1 month ago Nebby 0
Source: All Things Bonsai Blog. I’ve just been nosing through the website and realised that I haven’t done a blog post for ages. In terms of our stock of bonsai trees, we’re got more than ever. The place is really very full now. I wish I had more time to photograph and list them on Read More

Wiring Prep: All At Once Or Piecemeal?

2 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. This is a question that dogged me in my early years… Do we clean out and trim shoots over the whole tree before we wire? Or do it branch by branch as we wire? Being a huge fan of simplifying, it made sense to me to do all one thing first Read More

2019 2ndUS National Shohin Bonsai Exhibition

2 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Valavanis Bonsai Blog. The 2019 2ndUS National Shohin Bonsai Exhibition was held on June 28-30, 2019 at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, North Carolina. The unique domed four story venue covered with marble was also home to the 2017 1stUS National Shohin Bonsai Exhibition and six Winter Silhouette Bonsai Expos held during Read More

Ficus burkei ‘puberula’ can grow roots up from the soil and into the air and then back into the soil. Why they do this is a mystery to me but it also occurs with other Ficus species. In this case I removed the two roots and they sprouted foliage from the cut end. They will be styled out as bonsai.

2 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsai Hunk Blog. The mother tree on the left and the two roots that were removed. I Go to the source blog (Bonsai Hunk Blog) to read the full article: Ficus burkei ‘puberula’ can grow roots up from the soil and into the air and then back into the soil. Why they do this Read More

Rocky Mountain Juniper: Alternative Methods

2 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. The styling of any yamadori juniper assumes the bending of old wood, and only in unusual circumstances can one avoid this. The tree featured here, collected by Randy Knight, was one such outlier. During the early years after collection some young shoots grew inside and near the trunk. I spoke with my Read More

Banksia

2 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Watto Bonsai Blog. This tree was purchased as nursery stock and I have been impressed by the rate the trunk thickens in a bonsai pot. Go to the source blog (Watto Bonsai Blog) to read the full article: Banksia Read More

Acacia Howittii

2 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Watto Bonsai Blog. Continuing with the photos of my Australian native bonsai, this one is a sticky wattle and I think everyone who is interested in Australian plants as bonsai has one of these tucked away somewhere. Go to the source blog (Watto Bonsai Blog) to read the full article: Acacia Howittii Read More

Leptospermum

2 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Watto Bonsai Blog. I think this is called the prickly tea tree from memory, but my memory isn’t that good. I bought this with a number of other tube stock Australian natives from a nursery in Tumut about ten years ago, so this tree has been pot grown for its whole life. Again, I Read More

Root-over-rock Ficus

2 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsai Hunk Blog. Ficus are easy to develop into root-over-rock designs as they have aggressive roots that tolerate gradual exposture to air and the roots really do well growing over rocks. The photo is of a Ficus burkei ‘puberula’ cutting that was placed on the rock, roots wraped to keep them tight on the Read More