New Yamadori acquisitions

Originally posted on Michael Coopers Studio:
Having seen me working on one of my trees one day when I was on duty at the gallery on the Somerset Levels where I exhibit some of my paintings, one of the visitors told me that he had some trees collected from the wild ( Yamadori ) and would I like some. Well obviously I leapt at his kind… Continue reading New Yamadori acquisitions

Some late winter pruning

Originally posted on Nebari Bonsai:
This shohin 6-trunk Japanese Maple clump came to me in leaf last year, and while leafless, it’s a good time to reduce heavy branches to thin, multiples shoots to pairs, and long shoots to a single node. ?This is a well-developed clump with lots of movement and nicely dwarfed leaves. ? Before: Reduce long, unforked shoots back to the shortest… Continue reading Some late winter pruning

Assessing a Garden Shrub for Bonsai

Originally posted on Scratch Bonsai:
At about this time of the year I usually start lifting material from the garden and assessing how suitable it is for use as future bonsai.  I am fortunate enough to have a reasonably large garden with lots of established and mature shrubs, some over thirty years old.  One or two species have been worth considering and are being developed… Continue reading Assessing a Garden Shrub for Bonsai