My First Bonsai


My journey with bonsai trees began in February 2014 when my partner gifted me my first bonsai. I was so happy and eager to begin shaping it, however little did I know it had a long way to go. I had no experience in bonsai and did not know the difference between a sappling and an actual tree. The tree given to me was a Serissa foetida or “night of a thousand stars tree” it was quiet pretty and I left it to grow on it’s own, watering it as it should be done to keep it healthy. At one point though somewhere around March there was a storm and it feel out of it’s pot that cracked. The tree then proceeded to freak out and lose all of its leaves. I had faith in it and kept watering the tree in its new pot and sure enough it came back.

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A Bunnings Ginseng Fig


This is my second bonsai blog post and my second owned bonsai. This little fella is one of those Ginseng figs that can be seen at most garden stores, either sold as a bonsai or in a nursery container. This one came in a nursery container so it was only about $5 and all I had to do was re-pot it higher up in a bonsai pot and walla! The bonsai worlds most annoying commercialized non-bonsai bonsai. I’m only saying this because most other bonsai blogs rip on ginseng ficus or otherwise more correctly known as either ficus microcarpa or could be variations of tiger bark fig. Yea so I wanted to fit in. But really I like this tree because I like all trees, and this is a fig, so they can become very nice aesthetically with proper care. This guy, though at the moment in his state as…

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Megalo Bonsai / Print

The Screaming Wall

So last weekend I checked out the BONSAI / PRINT show held at Megalo. The show curates the work of printmakers and bonsaïka surrounding carefully cultivated trees with printed works, both large and small. As usual, the Megalo shows are interesting and showcase the talent of local artist. This one is around until the end of April, so check it out.

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Social media bonsai hag

Adam's Art and Bonsai Blog

If you’ve been following the various social media platforms I subscribe to, I’ve posted a few pics of a celtis lævigata I collected a few years ago. My original intent was to chronicle the progression only on those sites by posting a photo every once in a while. Like this: on March 7th, 2016 on Instagram.

I had just potted it into bonsai soil and a training pot and added wire/pruned it.

Here it was ten days later.

Working on the tree just the other day, doing all the wiring and defoliating, and pruning, I realized that my audience really wouldn’t learn anything from simple progression pics spaced out with weeks between them. I made a commitment when I started the blog that I was not going to just show before and after pics of near finished trees. If I did that, it wouldn’t differentiate me from most of the…

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