#Bonsaiupdate: Stone Pine update and a brief overview on what to do with used wires.


I must say I’m impressed with the amount of new buds that the tree has produced after the initial styling. I treated the tree with Oleum Tuesday last week and it still looks like the tree is covered in oil. I like the lush green look that Oleum gives the trees.

Here is a close up of the tree. You can see that the tree is showing signs of growth. The weeds in the bag are also starting to be more visible.


All the branches are still in place and where I wired them to be. I just hate it when you wire a tree and it gets a few knocks and then everything is out of place. I make sure to hide these newly wired trees in plain sight. Under the cover of the other trees and benches.

Talking about wire. I saw this mess on my table yesterday…

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#Bonsainews: Perparing for winter


Most of you have heard of #overwintering and other techniques that bonsai enthusiasts have practice to keep their trees from dying in the extreme temperatures that some countries or regions experience. I on the other hand will be removing my shading nets I put up this summer.


You can see in the photo above that I had to put up a 80% shading net on the one side of my garden to keep the trees from drying out during summer. Now that the days are shorter and colder I have to move my trees around a lot more to get sufficient sunlight. I have a lot or patients but I hate running up and down in the rain trying to shift trees around. As a side effect of the thick net the water dams up and the pours down in the middle of the net where the weight of the…

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Colorful Long-Term Bonsai Projects-

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A couple weeks back we photographed all the Dwarf Flowering Quince ‘Chojubai’ that were looking fancy, as they all decided to bloom at the same time this year. Which is not textbook Chojubai, but it happened.

Happy Holidays everyone, here’s some trees in their fancy clothes starting with three older quince, early development courtesy of unknown artists:

The next group of photos are trees that I’ve developed here at Crataegus Bonsai for the last 7 years, and are about 10 years old. (Soon I will begin selling some of the ones I have created, and if you’re interested in being on the list, please do let me know.)

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Juniper Jin and Pine Jin-

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A month ago we started talking about pine jin. Here are some photos and thoughts about pine and juniper jin and how they differ.

This is a pine jin. It looks cut off, doesn’t it? But it’s never been touched. This is what a dead pine branch will do if left to its own devices, checks develop in it, and when old enough the end will fall off and it looks severed. Dead juniper branches don’t do this.

Juniper jin. Notice the cracking is lengthwise. And because on juniper it’s striated like this, it affects the tip of the jin and what that looks like.

Juniper jin, getting nobbly in its old age, but not broken-looking, like a pine.

Another natural pine jin. The broken appearance.

Juniper jin, not checkered, and still striated.

Naturally, as these photos show, pine jin is broken and not sharp, and juniper jin is eroded…

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Potting up a Hemlock-

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Some of you may remember the restyling of this large, old Mountain Hemlock, Tsuga mertensiana, a few years ago. This spring the wooden box it was living in was replaced with a low ceramic rectangle. The following is a photo essay of this final step in the progression-


This was the hemlock in December 2014, before the restyling. For a trip down memory lane, try the first post about its restyling with Bobby Curttright and Matt Reel: Very Old Mountain Hemlock Styling

And this is the tree in spring of 2018, in the studio on potting day. One of the many curiosities about this tree is that it is a rooted branch that self-layered in the soil.

Starting the adventure with a low rectangle being prepped for the container

Apprentices Andrew Robson and Jarryd Bailey are joined by friends Dave and Alan for a long awaited day

The tree is stabilized with…

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Revisit: Twin Trunk Hemlock on a Nylon Board—

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The last post about a Hemlock suggested that I might as well start a series on revisits from past work to see if they’ve gotten worse with time, stayed the same, or improved. Today we revisit one of the weirder things we’ve done here, putting a tree on a plastic cutting board…

At the finish of the day when this Mountain Hemlock went on a nylon slab in March, 2012.

The Hemlock in question was collected eons ago when I was a few years younger, and has changed a bit. The main change happened without my input. A borer, or rather four of them, decided to settle down and carve out their dwellings inside the top part of the main trunk. I first noticed a strange discoloring of the foliage in the top part of that trunk in mid-summer, with the needles turning an olive drab. That wasn’t encouraging. When…

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Seeing Double


Aging is something we will all go through.  Rather than fighting and denying it, accept it and do it gracefully.  The choice is yours, do you want to age like a fine wine or a sour vinegar?  Why do I bring this up?  3 reasons:  1) The title of this post reminded me of aging because the only one thing about aging that I have the least control of is my eyesight.  Without my reading glasses, things are blurry and almost like seeing double ( or multiple blurry images).  2) Bonsai is a great example of aging gracefully.  If only I can age light a bonsai, I can become more beautiful as I age. 3) Seeing double and aging maybe a good segue to the subject material I will using for my demo at the World Bonsai Fest at the Pacific Bonsai Museum next Saturday May 14th.

This is somewhat of a spoiler alert if you…

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