Pot Choice Exercise: Highbush Blueberry

3 days ago Nebby 0
Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. Growing up in Upstate NY there were a lot of lovely highbush blueberries growing wild in the woods, and I’d always wanted to try one as a bonsai. Took a move to the West Coast—where they only exist in nurseries—to finally get around to it. Highbush blueberries, Vaccinium corymbosum, have great Read More

A small Olive bonsai

6 days ago Nebby 0
Source: Growing Bonsai Blog. For a while I have wanted a larger olive tree. So in the fall of 2017 I scourged the internet advertisements looking for someone trying to sell a big trunked olive. You should know, in my region olives are just barely winter hardy. So people need to have a place to Read More

2019 42nd Midwest Bonsai Exhibition- Part 2

6 days ago Nebby 0
Source: Valavanis Bonsai Blog. Additionally, there are two large courtyards full of vendors offering bonsai, pre-bonsai, supplies, suiseki, scrolls and many more items for sale. Vendors from a wide have brought some of their finest items for the public as well as bonsai hobbyists, many who do not have a readily available access to good Read More

2019 42nd Midwest Bonsai Exhibition- Part 1

6 days ago Nebby 0
Source: Valavanis Bonsai Blog. 42ndMidwest Bonsai Exhibition is being held on August 16-19, 2019 at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Illinois, hosted and organized by the Midwest Bonsai Society. Nearly 100 bonsai from across the Midwest and beyond are on display. Having attended 40 of these exhibitions I can state that this year’s bonsai Read More

Suiseki Collecting Trip

2 weeks ago Nebby 0
Source: Valavanis Bonsai Blog. The Suiseki Study Group of Upstate New York had the annual collecting trip today. Twelve members from the Greater Rochester, NY area along with members from Erie, PA and Ithaca, NY gathered at a favorite stream, which often has dark black stones. The secret stream is in “Upstate New York” and Read More

Late Summer Beauty In My Bonsai Garden

2 weeks ago Nebby 0
Source: Valavanis Bonsai Blog. This summer has been quite hot and sunny providing excellent growing weather. But, it’s soon coming to an end. Some of the maples are already beginning to show autumn color, many of the pines have big buds developing for next year’s growth and the fruit on the bonsai is continuing to Read More

Managing Needle Length of Single Flush Pines-

2 weeks ago Nebby 0
Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. It’s summer and our single flush pines have stopped growing. What now? For starters we can clean out old needles. While we’re doing this we may notice that some year’s needles are longer than others. This post ends with a few reasons they might be longer and how to plan for Read More

2019 Midwest Bonsai Exhibition Coming Up Soon

4 weeks ago Nebby 0
Source: Valavanis Bonsai Blog.     The 42ndMidwest Bonsai Exhibition will be held on August 16-19, 2019 at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Illinois. Nearly 100 bonsai from across the Midwest and beyond will be on display.   This is a judged show so the quality will be there to introduce the public as Read More

2019 Open House: Sale, Bonsai & Suiseki Displays, Free Programs & More

4 weeks ago Nebby 0
Source: Valavanis Bonsai Blog. Everyone is invited to visit the Autumn Open House & Sale on Saturday-Sunday, September 7-8, 2019, at the International Bonsai Arboretum in Rochester, New York. In addition to seeing new bonsai creations and additional pre-bonsai we will have seven formal displays of classical bonsai art, that’s in addition to a 20% Read More

There and Back Again with a Cryptomeria-

1 month ago Nebby 0
Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. Any visit to Japan where remote temples are on the menu will usually involve Cryptomeria. These stately forest trees remind one of miniature redwoods, standing bolt upright as if on review. The Cryptomeria featured here is a home-grown bonsai from nursery stock, not an import. It was first styled by Harunobu Read More