Lowering a branch on an historical bonsai

Adam's Art and Bonsai Blog

Man I’m getting around a lot here recently. I’m literally living a “Have bonsai, will travel ” lifestyle on the blog.

Today, as I work on a Brazilian Raintree (which you’ll see in the next post or so), I’m at Agresta Gardens, in the studio, assisting Ben (read that, taking pics and nodding my head in support when he waxes poetically about certain bonsai trials and tribulations) in the lowering of a big branch on one of Ed Trout’s signature ficus salicaria. Ben purchased it from Ed about a year ago and has been maintaining it since.You can see my little stick of a Brazilian (which has good movement, in its defense) in the foreground.

Ben had spoken with Ed about lowering the branch, and Ed agreed with the idea. Ben is doing a slight defoliation, just to see the branching better.

That thick branch in the center of…

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