See You at the Mid Atlantic Spring Bonsai Festival

10 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. John Kirby’s Japanese white pine (Pinus parviflora var Kokone) in a Haramatsu-Tosui container and on a perfectly matched rosewood table by David Knittle (you can see the whole tree and table below). The tree was displayed at the 2018 Mid Atlantic Bonsai Festival, where it was awarded the Best in Show, Read More

The U.S. National Bonsai Foundation Has a Wonderful New Website, Featuring Some of the Most Outstanding Bonsai in the World

10 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. The perfect blend of greens and reds highlights an altogether perfect tree. It’s a Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) that has been in training since 1906. It was donated to the U.S. National Bonsai Museum by Ryutaro Azuma in 1978 The National Bonsai Foundation and has a wonderful new website that features the  U.S. National Bonsai & Read More

A Bonsai in an Unusual Setting (& Others)

10 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. It’s a little surprising that there are so few good shots of bonsai in creative settings. This one was borrowed from Peter Warren’s Surayama, as were all the photos in this post. Still catching up form vacation, so for expediency’s sake we’ll plunder our archives. This one is from June 2015. It was Read More

When Can We Claim Deciduous Work As Our Own?

10 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. ‘Whose work is it?’ is a question often asked by those who go to bonsai shows. Both conifer and deciduous bonsai will have answers to that question, but how that computation is made differs significantly. It is maybe easiest to understand how deciduous work is different by contrasting it with that Read More

Bento Bank

10 months ago Nebby 0
Source: BonTsai Blog. I’ve been thinking a lot recently. What does bonsai mean to me and what am I doing in Japan? Tempted by an elusive apprenticeship and a deep passion driving me forward I took the jump and now I’m here. A relatively spacious, but run down riverside apartment in Osaka prefecture. Of a Read More

A Muscular Monster, Before and After

10 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. I found this Picea abies (Norway spruce, aka European spruce) before and after at Mandala Bonsai Ilona. Though it would be great to know just how large this tree is, nothing more than just the type tree and before and after is offered on the timeline This magnificent, muscular monster (sorry!) is Read More

Cotoneaster needs a trim!

10 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Watto Bonsai Blog. Yesterday was the monthly meeting of the local bonsai society and I took along a cotoneaster that was in desperate need of a trim. I had deliberately let this grow to allow the tree to gain some strength but the time had come. The before trim look. An hour or so Read More

Magnificent Old Larch Bonsai, Before & After

10 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. The Guardian of Laments is Giacomo Pappalardo’s name for this magnificent old European larch (Larix decidua) Another before and after and it’s a good one. I have a soft spot for larches, though ours are Tamaracks (Larix laricina) and this one is a European larch (Larix decidua). Not the same tree, Read More

Sheer Bonsai Power – Before & After

11 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. We usually start Before and After posts with an appropriate B & A photo (see below). But I couldn’t resist this one. I think it captures the essence of the tree. Or at least its size and sheer power I found this impressive before and after pine on Luis Vallejo’s timeline. The only caption Read More