When and Why to Pinch New Growth on Spruce-

5 days ago Nebby 0
Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. Of course we all love fiddling with our bonsai, and pinching is one of those fiddly things. And spruce, playing into our tactile desires, is a tree we can pinch. Back budding is created by pinching the shoot tip. Normally a spruce’s back budding is most prolific at the union where Read More

Japanese Maple – Colour Differences

1 week ago Nebby 0
Source: Watto Bonsai Blog. This maple is quite big and difficult to move around so the photo showing the autumn colour was taken in situ to save the old backs. The autumn colour is almost iridescent red and the brightest I have seen on this particular tree which is nice. Hope you also enjoy. It Read More

Root Fusing Potentials for Nebari—

2 weeks ago Nebby 0
Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. Nebari is the flare of roots into the soil. If we wish to encourage a strong visual connection with the ground, building the nebari is often the first thing we consider. Sometimes nebari roots remain distinct. In other plants surface roots may fuse into a connected unit. Some plants will form Read More

A Few Weeks in the Life of a Japanese Maple

2 weeks ago Nebby 0
Source: Watto Bonsai Blog. This tree is relatively new to me but I do like it, a lot. It has that certain something that really attracts me to it and it is beautiful at many times of the year. This is a short photo “session” of how it looks in autumn. Go to the source Read More

Another Hawthorn

2 weeks ago Nebby 0
Source: Watto Bonsai Blog. This Hawthorn is not showing the same colour as the previous Hawthorn despite being dug from a similar location and probably being of similar age (and size) as the previous one but none the less it is still attractive in its yellow hues. This tree has been extensively worked over recent Read More

Hawthorn Showing Autumn Colour

2 weeks ago Nebby 0
Source: Watto Bonsai Blog. In my garden the autumn colour this year has been patchy but this large Hawthorn looks good with the yellow and orange tones. This tree has improved over the last couple of years and is one of my favorites. Hope you enjoy the colour as much as I do. And a Read More

Branch Selection Exercise—Spruce

3 weeks ago Nebby 0
Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. Last week we had this formal upright Ezo Spruce up on the bench to see how it was developing. And to consider future branch removal. This spruce is a long view tree—a formal upright, seen from a long way off. A tree with a shallow trunk taper like this one has Read More

The Four Seasons Of Rochester, New York

3 weeks ago Nebby 0
Source: Valavanis Bonsai Blog. SONY DSC Contrary to popular belief, Rochester, New York, has more than the two seasons of snow and construction. We do actually have four distinct seasons, and very often can “enjoy” two seasons a couple of days apart. It was over 70F last week and yesterday we got three inches of Read More

A Case Study for Applying the Water and Sugar Equations – Repotting the Risky Rose

3 weeks ago Nebby 0
Source: Ry2Tree2 Bonsai Blog. Source material: 3/19/2021            Hola bonsai amigos! Today is a great day because not only does your friendly neighborhood microbiologist (me!) receive his second Covid vaccine dose, but my immunized arms also come bearing another present to the bonsai community. As spring continues to march on, so too does the blog's coverage Read More

Airlayering maples for bonsai

4 weeks ago Nebby 0
Source: Growing Bonsai Blog. Spring has arrived. The maples are pushing young growth, making this a perfect time for air layering. I have a few young grafted Japanese maples. I bought these some three years ago to grow out for bonsai. But I will need to get rid of the grafted rootstock! Why layer bonsai? Read More