(What we don’t like talking about…) TOO MANY BONSAI-

4 weeks ago Nebby 0
Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. Many of us are natural ‘gatherers’. We collect things, much like bower birds and pack rats. And then we either present them in display cases, tuck them into storage units, or, if they are bonsai, arrange them in our backyards. Gathering is an endearing trait. And we have things to show Read More

Summer Blues and Lots of White Pines

1 month ago Nebby 0
Source: BonTsai Blog. The summer season at Kouka-en has been quite slow. Unlike the stressful intensity of the Kokufu period or the physical strain of repotting season, summer season here is a marathon. The persistent humidity, intense sun, and for me, an endless stream of mosquitoes put a damper on my energy. During this period, Read More

Is my bonsai dead?

1 month ago Nebby 0
Source: Growing Bonsai Blog. The validity of bark scratching So.. One of the questions often asked when growing bonsai is “Is my bonsai dead?”. Invariably, someone will suggest the bark scratch test. The reasoning being: You scratch off the bark. Below the bark is (often) a light green layer which people think is the cambium Read More

2019 6th Upstate New York Suiseki Exhibit

1 month ago Nebby 0
Source: Valavanis Bonsai Blog. The 6thUpstate New York Suiseki Exhibit, sponsored by the Suiseki Study Group of Upstate New York was held on September 7-8, 2019 during the Autumn Open House & Sale at the International Bonsai Arboretum, in Rochester, New York. This exhibit is held every two years in late summer. Fifteen members displayed Read More

2019 Autumn Open House & Sale

1 month ago Nebby 0
Source: Valavanis Bonsai Blog. This autumn’s Open House & Sale took place on Saturday and Sunday, September 7-8, 2019. In addition to many new bonsai creations in the garden most items were offered at a 20% discount, some were even at 50% off too. Four formal bonsai displays were arranged in the demonstration room as Read More

The Dark Paths of Apprentices, Pt. II

1 month ago Nebby 0
Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. Some of you may be following this sub-thread about the apprentices here at Crataegus Bonsai. This past week was a whirlwind as John Eads, the new apprentice, moved into the studio residence with his wife and two kids. The move itself was cacophonous and involved many boxes, several families, and 12 Read More

~New Book ‘Bonsai Heresy’ Nearing Completion~

2 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. Bonsai Heresy is my new book about our misperceptions of bonsai technique and aesthetics. The book is wrapping up and things are advancing apace… Bonsai Heresy will shortly be copyedited, giving me a much needed break No fewer than 10 savvy content editors were involved, improving this complex book immeasurably Our production Read More

Olive bonsai chopped

2 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Growing Bonsai Blog. A few years ago I obtained this olive from a nursery where it was very sad looking. After repotting the tree I left to get settled in good substrate and regain strength. However, in the spring of 2019 I was really fed up with the big lumps on the trunk and Read More

Pot Choice Exercise: Highbush Blueberry

2 months 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

2 months 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