One More Spring

6 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Watto Bonsai Blog. The “one more spring” saying in bonsai is often heard when a special plant is under threat of not surviving and it is one of my personal favorite bonsai sayings. In August 2018 I dug a very different looking trident maple from the garden and I had great hope that I Read More

Quality Bonsai Deserves Quality Stands

6 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. Closeup of a Japanese black pine (Pinus thunbergii) that was exhibited by John Kirby at the 2018 National Bonsai Exhibition. The display table was built by David Knittle (details are below with the uncropped photo) Flashing back to the 2018 6th National Bonsai Exhibition, here are a couple trees from the Read More

Taxus Baccata

6 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Watto Bonsai Blog. The European Yew is not grown as bonsai much in Australia and that is a shame because I think it is a very good specimen for bonsai cultivation. It has all the attributes and it even buds back on old wood so some time ago I bought a small plant at Read More

Bonsai Brilliance at Japan’s Satsuki Azalea Festival

6 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. This Satsuki azalea  with its powerful trunk and nebari would be a remarkable even without its brilliant flowers The  bonsai featured here are from the 2018 Satsuki Azalea Festival in Ueno, Tokyo (even though they are from last year, this is the first time we’ve shown them). You can see these and more flowering Satsuki on Naoi Kenichi’s fb Read More

Welcome to the New Year

6 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Watto Bonsai Blog. I hope everyone will have a great 2019 and that you are all happy and healthy. I will make my wishes for this year: 1. World peace 2. Improve my bonsai There is not much chance of either but number 2 is more likely.. Go to the source blog (Watto Bonsai Read More

New Year New Day New Bonsai Essentials

6 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. There’s something about Quince flowers… Here’s Bill Valavanis’ caption: “A small size Toyo Nishiki Japanese flowering quince, Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Toyo Nishiki’ with multiple colored flowers. Although red, pink and white blossoms are common for this great cultivar, I’ve often seen red branches grafted onto specimens to improve color distribution.” Welcome to Read More

Bonsai Berries & a Failed New Year’s Resolution

6 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. This prolific Pyracantha was our 2018 New Year’s tree. I don’t know who the artist or owner is (more about this below), but my guess is the tree is Japanese Here’s my New Year’s resolution from 2018… No more unattributed trees on this blog (uh… except for the one just above). So I Read More

Bonsai on a Man Made Rock from Scratch

6 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. Before and after planting on a man made ‘rock’ by Marc Noelanders. No mention is made of the type tree or what the rock is made of. Still, the result is impressive and the photographic progression with the shaping of the rock is an added plus We’ve shown a number of bonsai Read More

Bougainvillea Bonsai, Before & After

6 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. Bougainvillea, before and after. Now you know how Suthin gets those thick trunks on such small bonsai… hint, he cuts older larger plants way back (obviously, there’s more to it than just that, but you have to start somewhere). This works best with tropicals that can handle the stress and have no Read More

Happy Root-Over-Rock Bonsai Holidays

6 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. Suthin’s “Happy Holidays to all” tree. It’s a Trident maple root-over-rock (root devouring rock). Staying close to home today, it’s our old friend Suthin Sukosolvisit offering some  bonsai wizardry just in time for the New Year Bonsai Pot & Soil Specials End Tonight Friday, Dec 28th at 11:59pm EST Plus Two New Specials Read More