A Patient Art


Yale University Press publish a beautiful book on bonsai, which displays a small sample of the Chicago Botanic Garden’s bonsai collection. A true coffee table book, that exudes beautiful photography, with each tree at the peak of its seasonal beauty, and a brief description of the trees history and background. The books design, simplicity and aesthetic make it an elegant reference for anyone interested in the patient art of bonsai.


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Belfast Rose Week – The Winning Bonsai Exhibits

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DSC_0366 Evergreen – semi cascade ivy with seedling accent

DSC_0364 Forest and Landscape – Japanese Larch on slab

DSC_0363 Mame – Rowan (sorbus)

DSC_0362 - Copy Coniferous – Japanese Larch

DSC_0359 Novice – Zelkova

DSC_0361 Indoor – Cork Bark Chinese Elm

DSC_0360 Flowering, Fruiting and Berried – Spirea

DSC_0365 Deciduous and Best Overall Bonsai Exhibit – Root over Rock Trident Maple

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The “Keep Myself Sane” Tree 

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I finally got the portulacaria I had been working on in the hospital (from the last post) repotted. Here’s how you saw it last:This was how it was sitting in the pot. Pretty straightforward potting, widest base flat to the viewer. I had showed it in different angles in the last post to give you an idea of how just adjusting the front could change the character of the piece.

I was also considering a pot change. I brought a few that might work. Fast forward to the CFBC meeting last week and the repot. One note on repotting of established trees and dwarf jades especially: unless you are developing a branch and need vigorous growth, a repot doesn’t have to be a complete exchange of the old soil for new. Just gently removing the outside roots and soil is sufficient to keep the tree healthy (of course, this…

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European Hornbeam Modifications

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I recently finally got around to airlayering the top of this tree in training.  The trunk is much too tall and the apex curves, ruining the formal upright image of the rest of the tree.  The tree should look less lanky in future with the top removed.  Still tall but hopefully elegant as opposed to unsightly.  I also finally performed a threadgraft on the lower trunk to hopefully fill in a large gap on one side.  The lowest branch used to perform the graft was kept with foliage to promote quick growth.  The defoliation of the rest of the tree will hopefully help this too.

DSC_0374 Before. July 2015. Note the bare section of trunk on the lower right.

DSC_0378 The threadgraft on the lower right. In front of my fingers you can see a back branch that naturally curves round to that side. Its being grown on anyway in case the…

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