2 Acers in Development. Re-potted Today

Robert Nocher Shohin Bonsai

Here are 2 Acer Palmatum trees that I have been developing for a couple of years. They were put into their first bonsai pots today.

The first one was air layered from a larger tree 2 years ago. As you can see in the first picture, it has a strong evenly distributed root system and a nice flared  nebari is beginning to emerge. When the air layer was cut, the trunk above the cut was exactly the same thickness as the trunk below the cut. So the flaring at the base has developed in the past two years. I think this is very encouraging for the future development of this tree.


To allow the continued development of the roots, it was planted today into this large shallow oval.


This is the tree that the air layer was taken from.


The next tree was planted in a large garden pot for a while to…

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Clump style willow-leaf fig from a sawn off root ball

Adam's Art and Bonsai Blog

I’m in the weeds…..

Literally. Let me finish up here and I’ll show you the tree.

What is that? A balloon. A yellow balloon. That reminds me of a poem I wrote as a lad:

A balloon, a balloon,

Yellow in hue,

It floats through the noon,

The bright yellow noon.

Forget the balloon,

It’s gone now, it’s flew

Remember it’s color.

It was yellow, not blue.

Hey, I didn’t say it was a good poem.

Anyway, here’s the tree.Let me explain it’s history. It is an alumn of the BSF exhibit at the Epcot Flower and Garden show. At that time, it was a lot taller than it is now.

After the show, it was cut back hard, and soon after that, I came into possession of it. I decided to let it grow out. Here is lesson one: sometimes, cutting a tree back hard and letting it…

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Hedging Maples

California Bonsai Art

There is not a lot of information on the net about this process. I started treating my maples this way about ten years ago. Walter Pall has spoken about it at his blog, but not much in the way of how to keep up on the process.

There are other ways to treat the canopy of a maple tree and these other treatments have to do with where the tree is in development. During the trees early life, much like candle management on a pine, early treatment is more coarse and in a branch building mode. There is no need for select bud pinching on a tree that will have it’s branches cut many times during the growing season. Bud selection in April likewise on a pine is kinda pointless.

As trees in training begin pushing new buds, the main branches are chosen. As they harden off, the permanent primary…

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Young seabird rescued

Hermanus Bird Club

The new African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary at Kleinbaai has already proved its worth, reports Club member Lee Burman.

On Sunday, while working in her garden opposite Hermanus High School, a car stopped at her house, a guy got out and picked up a bird which, to her amazement, turned out to be a young Cape Cormorant (Trekduiker).

A young Cape Cormorant (Trekduiker) similar to the one found near Hermanus High School. Image: Charles Naudé A young Cape Cormorant (Trekduiker) similar to the one found near Hermanus High School.
Image: Charles Naudé

“Wolf, which turned out to be the guy’s name, and I tried to return the Cormorant to its normal habitat,” Lee said. But at the shore were no other Cormorants and the bird showed no inclination to move off the rocks – just stumbled around looking somewhat disorientated.

Lee took the bird with her, collected a couple of pilchards at The Fish Shoppe, then dumped the bird on a not too happy Club member Mike…

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A unique willow leaf ficus bonsai 

Adam's Art and Bonsai Blog

On the way back from my Louisiana bonsai tour last year (great times, can’t wait to get back) I made a stop in Mobile Alabama and had a visit with Joe Day (he had actually offered to buy me lunch. And I’m not one to turn down a free lunch). He’s pretty well known for his seed grown trident maples and his natural rock slabs.

I took a tour of his garden…

An old trident.

A forest on one of his slabs.

Something you don’t see often, a cascade podocarpus.

And an old (old) boxwood. The last tree is in a live oak style (and extremely natural and well done). Joe has taken a study of live oaks in the South and hopefully he’ll publish his observations on their growth habits and branch patterns.

After pulling my jaw off the ground, (my poor photography does not do these trees justice…

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