Getting Caught Up

Natural Moments

I usually manage to get a blog update out about once a week, but sometimes things get in the way and I just don’t get to it. With my last update, I focused on that fun trip to South Florida and all the butterflies and other critters seen down there. Meanwhile, pictures have been starting to pile up around here, and it seemed a good idea to get caught up by posting some of the better and more interesting ones I’ve gotten since early May.  On Memorial Day, it was fun to head down reasonably early in the morning to check on some of the nesting Burrowing Owls down in “Owlville” in Los Lunas. It had been awhile and since my last visit all the new little ones have hatched and are out looking around.

Burrowing Owl

I’d see at least thirteen owls there that morning, of which 4-5 were…

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Demonstration, Workshops, anything

Nichigo Bonsai

Just a quick post for those clubs, organisations and individuals out there looking for bonsai demonstration, workshops, teaching and private work this year. I have been taking bookings since late last year and my schedule is filling up fast.

So far I will be working with clubs and individuals around Victoria (Melbourne, Geelong, Ballarat), Canberra, Sydney and Western Australia.

I still have some openings and would love to get to other parts of the country and share ideas and knowledge with new faces.

Tasmania, The Northern Territory, Queensland, New Zealand or anywhere else for that matter, if you are looking for a demonstrator I would be keen to discuss how I can work with you.

I am a Level 1 demonstrator with the AABC but am also able to organise work on private collections and or targeted teaching for individuals.

If interested, send me an email and we can go from there.


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Peter Warren assisted by Minoru Akiyama Demo – Natures Way Bonsai 2014


This is part 2 of the last post I did regarding the demo by Peter Warren and Minoru Akiyama. Since there was time remaining after the first tree, Peter decided to demo a second tree for the group. This time around Peter did most of the hands-on with the assistance of Minoru. The chosen tree for this demo was a small yamadori ponderosa pine from Natures Way Nursery. 

(click first photo to enlarge and open gallery)

 Hopefully you enjoyed this post and thanks for reading!

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New material I’ve acquired for bonsai


Here are some quick photos of new pre-bonsai material I have in one way or another, acquired over the past several months. It most likely will not be until next spring when I will have individual post about each pre-bonsai specimen. As of now its just been very minimal care other than whats needed to make sure they stay healthy and prepare for re-potting and major pruning next spring. I have just not had much time to work with my trees much as you can tell with the lengthy time-lapse between each post.

Nursery Stock:


Cedrus Deodara


Blue Star Juniper


Japanese Plum Yew


Shimpaku Juniper


Bagatelle Barberry


Royal burgundy Barberry


Dawn Redwood


Willow-Leaf Ficus aka Narrow-Leaf Ficus


Spreading Yew


Dwarf Blue Princess Holly

Urban Yamadori (landscape collected)


8 new collected barberry (minus 2 nursery stock in photo that are listed above) See my post here about their story 🙂


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