US National Shohin Bonsai Exhibition

Valavanis Bonsai Blog The successful 1st U.S. National Shohin Bonsai Exhibition was held on June 23-25, 2017 at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, North Carolina. This venue the home annual Winter Silhouette Bonsai Expo held each December sponsored by Steve Zeisel. The North Carolina Research Campus is a unique beautiful building with white marble walls and columns tied together with an unusual geometric … Continue reading US National Shohin Bonsai Exhibition

Snowy Plovers, Least Terns, Nests & Chicks: Malibu Lagoon, 25 June, 2017

Lagoon channel view to south towards Malibu Colony (L. Johnson 6-25-17) The Snowy Plovers and Least Terns nesting on Surfrider Beach next to Malibu Lagoon continue to be the big news. As mentioned last month, Snowy Plovers haven’t nested anywhere in Los Angeles County since 1949 in Manhattan Beach. Least Terns have nested for decades in… Continue reading Snowy Plovers, Least Terns, Nests & Chicks: Malibu Lagoon, 25 June, 2017

Callicarpa Japonica Summer Pruning

Originally posted on Robert Nocher Shohin Bonsai:
This tree has to be pruned regularly throughout the summer to maintain its shape. The leaves on the secondary branches are formed in pairs and each pair of leaves produces a new extension shoot at their union. To keep the tree in shape I prune all extension shoots back to the first pair of leaves. Flowering shoots are… Continue reading Callicarpa Japonica Summer Pruning

Thinning Out a Potential Clump

Originally posted on Scratch Bonsai:
Lifted this azalea from the ground a few years ago and it was root pruned and potted into this seed tray two years ago.  An overdue thinning was necessary: The potential front with majority of trunks leaning to the viewer. Getting there. One or two crossing trunks removed. A drastic thinning. A lot of leggy branching/trunks so I’m hoping for… Continue reading Thinning Out a Potential Clump

Ficus Repot…pot picked…

Originally posted on Nebari Bonsai:
Thanks for playing along. ?Here was the count as of yesterday: Bag-shaped unglazed: ?0 Round Sara Rayner: ?4 Oribe Koyo: ?5 Yellow Chinese: ?6 Interestingly, for a while, the Sara Rayner was the early favorite. ?Mine too, but ultimately, I went with the vintage Chinese rectangle. ?It was the best fit, though not perfect; and I liked the pot color… Continue reading Ficus Repot…pot picked…