Portland Bird Observatory and Field Centre: 7th April


Back to the basic’s of Bonsai.


I was so inspired by a blog that @daniellozada wrote two days ago. That I thought it would be a great idea to write a blog on the characteristics of a good bonsai. I know I mentioned a few times in my previous blogs that I do not follow rule or guidelines. But I do think that it is good to understand what it is that you are striving to recreate before you colour outside the lines.

Charles S. Cenronio has a beautiful Japanese Philosophy that he quotes as part of his introduction of his book called practical guide to bonsai styles of the world:” Respect all the rules under the sun, but use all the freedom under the rules”. This is one of the best books I have read on bonsai styles. He explains all the styles in-depth. The book is only 216 pages thick but it takes you…

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The five basic bonsai styles


Earlier today I posted a blog on the four principles that I think are is important to understand. If you missed the blog here is a link:

You should really read the link above before you read this one as it would give you more perspective on the topic as I will not be digging into the basic’s of each style. I will just be introducing each style. There are five basic style and under each of these there are sub divisions.

Formal Upright (Chokkan) Style
This is one of the first styles and is also one of the most difficult to get right. The trunk of the formal upright is straight and tappers from the base towards the top. With this style the aim is to have a tree that resembles the tall trees that find in a rain forest. Trees that grow in this manner naturally are…

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