This Bonsai Master’s Greatest Work of Art is a Loving Tribute to his Grandkids

Originally posted on TwistedSifter:
? Goshin (Japanese: “protector of the spirit”) is a bonsai created by Bonsai Master John Yoshio Naka. It is a forest planting of eleven Foemina junipers (Juniperus chinensis), the earliest of which Naka began training into bonsai in 1948. Naka donated it to the National Bonsai Foundation in 1984 for display at the United States National Arboretum and it has been… Continue reading This Bonsai Master’s Greatest Work of Art is a Loving Tribute to his Grandkids

Grand Indonesian Bonsai and Suiseki Exhibition 2014

Originally posted on Bonsai Penjing & More:
The Indonesian Bonsai Society (PPBI) celebrated its 35th anniversary with a grand bonsai and suiseki show, October 11-19, held simultaneously at two locations! One in Bandung city in West Java, the other in the resort island, Bali. Several international masters such as Kunio Kobayashi, Gede Merta, Ng Shing Fat, Min Hsuan Lo, were invited to give demos. Since my… Continue reading Grand Indonesian Bonsai and Suiseki Exhibition 2014

Displaying Bonsai with a Companion Plant – Is It a 20th Century Revival of an Ancient Practice?

Originally posted on Bonsai Penjing & More:
It is now customary to display bonsai with a small companion plant, also called an accent or complimentary plant. In bonsai circle, a companion plant is often called a kusamono, but the correct term is shitakusa, an understory grass or herb, when it is displayed with bonsai. Such a display is based on the indoor tokonoma (alcolve) display of a Japanese home. Sometimes a… Continue reading Displaying Bonsai with a Companion Plant – Is It a 20th Century Revival of an Ancient Practice?

Just when I thought it was safe…

Originally posted on Scratch Bonsai:
…the weather reverted to winter conditions. From being a balmy 17 degrees c last week, it struggled to get warmer than 7 today. Frost last night with overnight temp of -1c and wintry storms today. And its nearly May!! When I realised at the weekend that the temperature was falling, all of the repotted trees and anything with tender shoots… Continue reading Just when I thought it was safe…