Bonsai Nerdery

Originally posted on Eric L. Hankins:
So I put together a bonsai video. It’s on Youtube, the link is below. Bonsai Nerdery – Pruning & Maintenance August, 2017 I’ve also previously written about bonsai trees here. Warning: This is nerdy. It probably won’t be exciting for anyone not into bonsai unless you are looking to get into bonsai. It’s not highly philosophical, it’s just straight bonsai… Continue reading Bonsai Nerdery

Landscape Arborvitae to Bonsai – First Styling

Originally posted on BONSAIKO:
This tree have been on my bonsai “to do” radar in the last week.  Somehow I had an itch to style it because it looked ugly that I want to clean it up.  I collected this tree from one of our landscape jobs in Jan 2015.   During its first year,  I planted it in the ground.  That year’s growing season, I slowly removed the… Continue reading Landscape Arborvitae to Bonsai – First Styling

How Bonsai Trees Reflect Japanese Culture

Originally posted on Polish Art Addict:
How Bonsai Trees Reflect Japanese Culture Japanese bonsai is the art of growing what looks like miniature trees in low-sided containers. According to Bonsai Tree Gardener, bonsai is derived from the word “bon” which means “pot” and “sai” which means planting. Bonsai encourages contemplation. Bonsai is an art form that is centered on five design elements: miniaturization, poignancy, no… Continue reading How Bonsai Trees Reflect Japanese Culture

Air layering a Sharp’s pygmy japanese maple

Originally posted on Parviflora Bonsaï:
This spring I bought this nice big Sharp’s pygmy Japanese maple. However it has a disturbing reverse taper. So I decided to air layer it where all the branches emerge and make it a multi-trunk/kabudachi tree. After watching Ryan Neil’s streams on Mirai Live, I realized I should have air layered it after the leaves had come out… but hey,… Continue reading Air layering a Sharp’s pygmy japanese maple

40th Annual Mid-America Bonsai Exhibition

? Best of show, Gary Andes This past weekend I was able to experience Midwest bonsai at it’s best. The Midwest Bonsai show is the largest in the area and many enthusiasts from surrounding states and the east coast attend. Many beautiful trees, as well as some comedic entries, were displayed in the exhibit. I came both as a participant, helping table and load trees,… Continue reading 40th Annual Mid-America Bonsai Exhibition

Mame Bonsai: False Buttonweed Gets a New Pot

Originally posted on Tree High Bonsai:
I collected this one a few months ago from my yard.  If you didn’t catch the post you can read it here.  Shrubby False Buttonweed is the full name and well they grow all over my property. This one is being prepared and trained to be an entry in a contest in 2020.  They obviously grow like…..well, weeds. When… Continue reading Mame Bonsai: False Buttonweed Gets a New Pot

What to bring to a workshop

Originally posted on Bonsai Iterate:
What kind of trees do you bring to a workshop? I struggle with this frequently and usually opt not to stay for the “BYOT” (bring your own tree) portions of the local bonsai club meetings.? My trees fall into three broad categories.? Many (MANY!) are not ready for styling. Most of these just need water and fertilizer to get big… Continue reading What to bring to a workshop