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Assessing Summer’s Misdemeanors

2 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. At the end of a long growing season we might ask ourselves: ‘What can we do better?’  It’s not a bad idea to have a blunt friend come into the yard and attempt to answer that question. After a while we can’t see our own handiwork.  Your friend might say, ‘Your Read More

Multiple-trunks and Nebari Development

2 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. This Japanese Snowbell has appeared before on the blog. We’ll first look at the fall pruning before getting to the nebari.  Styrax japonicus in fall, ready for a pruning. After leaf removal. The lower branches were let run this year to thicken them up. The top was pruned once already, in mid-season. Read More

2021 Winter Silhouette Bonsai Expo

2 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Valavanis Bonsai Blog. ery soon people will travel to North Carolina for Steve Zeisel’s annual Winter Silhouette Bonsai Expo on December 4-5, 2021. Kindly wear a mask. The beautiful North Carolina Research Center in Kannapolis is the venue for the Bonsai Expo. I look forward to welcoming you and getting together with long-time and Read More

Autumn 2021 at the International Bonsai Arboretum

2 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Valavanis Bonsai Blog. The bright autumn colors of my maple bonsai arrived about two weeks late this season. But I think the short delay was worth the wait. The colors are not always as vibrant, note few damaged leaves. The bonsai have been especially well cared for this spring/summer, last time I watered was Read More

Revisit: Vine Maple Tower

2 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. One of the stranger things we’ve made at Crataegus Bonsai is this cascade Vine Maple planted on an internal nylon frame.  This designed in a Winter 2012 Seasonal class. With its 10th year creation anniversary just around the bend, it seemed fitting to offer photos of how it looks now. Vine Maple, Read More

Design Exercise: Seeing into the Future

2 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. This odd maple earned the nickname ‘Snuffleupagus’ in our recent Seasonal session, in appreciation of the elephantine upper trunk. (Source: Snuffleupagus, from the TV show Sesame Street, a giant anteater-like mammoth, without tusks or visible ears.) At the moment, this tree is rather awkward, but over time…maybe interesting. In this exercise we Read More