Hedera helix Gold Heart

8 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Watto Bonsai Blog. I am not sure if this is the correct name for the plant I have but until I find out differently I will stick with this name. I dug this from a garden about 25 years ago and it has been through a few different “looks” over that time. Last year Read More

Bonsai from nursery stock – Repotting a mugo pine

9 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Growing Bonsai Blog. Finding a plant for bonsai is always a challenge. As described before, there are many sources for bonsai material. This Pinus mugo ‘Carstens wintergold’ I found at a local nursery. It was for sale for unclear reasons. In any case.. They happy, me happy. Strong and weak points Mugo pine as Read More

WATCH The Fall Seasonal-lite Trailer!

9 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. We went retro-themed this time. Our third trailer for Seasonal-lite online courses continues the series: Sign up! Fall Seasonal-lite (Two sessions, Oct 24-25 or Nov 7-8, 2020) Fall course focuses on conifer and deciduous fall techniques, subtle foliage adjustments, avoiding the traps of poor design including preciousness and lankiness, and much Read More

Developing Taxus bonsai

9 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Growing Bonsai Blog. I find Taxus to be one of the best species for bonsai in my climate. The main challenge is getting them from ground-culture to pot culture, a transition which may take 2-4 years.  Pushing this process will pretty much always lead to a dead yew (I know from experience, unfortunately). So Read More

Giving Up That Branch You Love–

9 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. Why would you want to give up what you’re excited about? This doesn’t sound right, does it… Sometimes, of course, a cool branch is everything good about a tree, and then we have to feature it. But it’s easy to become stubbornly adamant about a branch, or other tree element like Read More

BONSAI WIRE Podcast is Now Live!

9 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. We hope you’ll check out Bonsai Wire, our new podcast which is now searchable on podcast apps. Rather than a single viewpoint, Bonsai Wire is hosted by four professionals who cover topics in roundtable fashion and interview others for their viewpoints, too. Three episodes are available already, including our Introductory session, Read More

Snow Falling On A Yellow Cedar-

9 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. Apologies for the appropriation from David Guterson’s novel, Snow Falling on Cedars, but his suggestive title was roughly what I was attempting with this styling: When there’s enough of it, snow is heavy, and transforms that beneath it.  This is a Yellow Cedar, Cupressus nootkatensis; a good sized tree, nearly 3′ across. Read More

2020 Autumn Open House- Sales, Displays & Free Programs

9 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Valavanis Bonsai Blog. Our Autumn Open House is normally not an expanded event during years hosting the US National Bonsai Exhibition. This is not a “normal” year with nearly all bonsai events throughout the world being cancelled. So this year’s Autumn Open House will feature displays, sales and free programs on Saturday-Sunday, September 12-13, Read More

3-D Printed Slab for a Shore Pine…

9 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. Using the talents of a student, we transferred this Shore Pine to a new ultra-techy support… This Shore Pine was featured in a post a few years ago: Shore Pine…On a Metal Post… The nylon cutting board support always felt like a temporary solution. The dead peach color wasn’t very appealing, the Read More


9 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Watto Bonsai Blog. In my last post I spoke about branch colour, but this post is about leaf colour. Winter leaf colour in particular. This azalea is out of shape and needs work on its profile and that will occur in a couple of months, however the cold winter temperatures impacts on the foliage Read More