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

Fall Steps: Winter Hazel and Chojubai

3 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. This week’s photo essay features three young plants in development, a Winter Hazel and two Chojubai. A young Winter Hazel, left to grow all year. About 13 years old. Still building information into the trunks and branches by wiring and pruning. Faisal wiring the Winter Hazel in a Seasonal session. A single Read More

Reworking A Japanese Maple

3 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. Carmen, my apprentice, said I should call this maple ‘Cousin Itt’, from the Addams Family. There is a resemblance. The spooky bit is Itt lost two branches last year. This year we let Itt run hard out of fear of losing more. Last week we removed all the incandescent leaves (what Read More

Progression Trees-

3 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. The following are last week’s work in photos, with comments. These bonsai are ‘on the way to find out’, needing growth here and there and future adjustments, directing them toward long term goals. Please enjoy the photo essay- Here’s a client tree, a Rocky Mountain Juniper that I’d grafted a few Read More

Amazing Japanese Garden at Cowden in Scotland

3 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Tony Tickle Bonsai Blog. Last weekend I visited The Japanese Garden at Cowden in Scotland it was created in 1908 and closed to the public in 1955. Aside from being beautiful and peaceful, the garden is the only one of its type in the world to have been designed by a Japanese woman, Taki Read More

Another Flowering Bonsai in Spring

3 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Watto Bonsai Blog. During spring trees of all varieties burst into flowering and the Australian native trees are no exception. This Acacia howittii ‘green wave’ was a yellow treat this season. This photo is from the side. Go to the source blog (Watto Bonsai Blog) to read the full article: Another Flowering Bonsai in Read More

Early Yellowing Foliage—What Does It Signal?

3 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. Fall is a great time to sit back and assess our bonsai triumphs and misdemeanors. Often by summer’s end we see branch weakness or loss. And we might wonder, ‘What is it? And how much of that is my fault?’  You might notice a branch on a maple that turns yellow Read More

Spring Is In The Air

3 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Watto Bonsai Blog. Spring brings a freshness to the yard and the flowers are an added bonus. This crab apple is only new to bonsai life but the flowers are looking good this year. There is still lots to do until this is a “real” bonsai but this year I am just enjoying the Read More