Single-Flush Pine Needle Clean-up

1 month ago Nebby 0
Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. Here’s a Shore Pine that needs a fall once-over. Fall is a prime time to adjust pines with wires and remove old pine needles at the same time. The single flush pines push out a candle in the spring and that’s it for the year. By fall this Shore Pine was Read More

Making Hawthorn bonsai flower

1 month ago Nebby 0
Source: Growing Bonsai Blog. In a previous short post I showed this old hawthorn (Crateagus monogyna) bonsai. In it I recommended to frequently trim to get new growth which is absolutely correct. However, to get flowers one needs to minimize strong vegetative growth and stimulate more mature growth to form. Flowers on hawthorn only come Read More

‘Be Easy to Move, but Hard to Knock Over’

1 month ago Nebby 0
Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. This aphorism comes from a local Argentine tango teacher. With it he’s explaining the elasticity of one dance partner to another, especially in the follower’s role. The follower reacts to the leader’s suggestions, though she may do so in her own way. While this is going on both partners must maintain Read More

Refining the 2-In-1 Step Method for Kintsugi Ceramic Repair

1 month ago Nebby 0
Source: Ry2Tree2 Bonsai Blog.         Last time I gave y’all a thorough review of 6 different kintsugi methods you can choose from based on the needs of your pot-mending situation. After completing this review, out of respect for my current situation as a graduate student with limited time and funds, I opted to try one Read More

A Fall Prune (And How Stewartia Got Its Name)

2 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. Stewartia monadelpha is an elegant deciduous species with smooth, cinnamon bark and silvery, gem-like buds. Related to Camelias, they like moist, shady locations and develop at about 1/2 the speed of a Japanese Maple. The Stewartia featured below was brought into the studio for a fall session with concave pruners. Stewartia Read More

Zelkova bonsai forest development

2 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Growing Bonsai Blog. It is now some 10 months since the last update on this bonsai group or forest planting. The forest planting is a renovation project from a Zelkova serrata ‘urban rubi’ forest I acquired in early December 2020, so effectively, a year ago now. When I got it, it was in a Read More

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