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.
Twisty Twin Trunk Thuja in Erik Križovenský Pot – http://lakeshorebonsai.com/?p=2337
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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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.
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