Last weekend was the first session of Bjorn’s intensive course. I cannot remember the last time I spent three days working on trees, and it was good to have enough time to get into a groove again. I don’t know about you, but sometimes it’s hard to do bonsai in 30-minute increments when it’s anything more involved than removing wire or performing a quick trim.
Here are a few shots from around his nursery, Eisei-en near Nashville, TN. It is a tranquil place with lots of nice trees, mostly comprised of large, domestically collected junipers and pines, with plenty of other gems tucked in and around.
Massive One-seed junipers (that’s an 8′ high fence):
One-seed (or Rocky Mountain?) juniper:
Looking back toward the gate, workshop is on the right:
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I got this sweet tree from an honest man named Fred, from Mobile, Alabama. I was visiting Joe Day, one of the best trident maple growers and natural rock slab makers in the country. Joe has studied all the variations of seedling grown tridents and has the information collected and notated. If you want to learn how a rough bark trident branches and ramifies, he’s the man to talk to. He’s also of the older generation like Mary Madison or Ed Trout, which means he’s a good guy.
When I got the tree from Fred, it looked like this:There is blog post on it back a hundred posts or so.
But for tonight…..I know, I know, it’s time to weed.
I hate this particular weed. I can’t identify it for some reason.
If you try to pull it, most likely you’ll just break the stem off. Underground, hiding with…
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Once again I was delighted to be asked to review the latest Bonsai Empire Course. This time we have a new face in front of the camera. Morten Albek is well known in the European bonsai community and more specifically the shohin side of things.
The course was a pleasure to watch, and as we’ve come to expect from Bonsai Empire, of a high production quality and content.
For a non native English speaker, Morten’s English is probably easier to understand than my Northern Irish accent 🙂 He has laid out the content in small easy to follow lessons that you will be able to dip in and out of at your leisure. Content feels a little different to the preceding courses in that you are with Morten in his garden looking at the bonsai and displays with him. A refreshing change.
The course covers a lot of basics…
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The 2018 summer growing season has come to an end with a hard freeze a few days ago. But, before winter arrived, my deciduous bonsai decided to put on a show and I’d like to share thier beauty with you.
The spectacle of green foliage turning rich red, yellow and orange in autumn happens when trees have taken all the food they can from the foliage which is filled with chlorophyll, the molecule that absorbs energy from the sun and gives leaves their green coloring. When the length of daylight and temperatures decreases leaves cease to manufacture food and when the green colored chlorophyll is broken down other colors are revealed.
Usually each species has a common autumn coloring. Maidenhair trees, or Ginkgo and Birch normally become bright yellow in autumn before leaf drop. Japanese maples often turn brilliant red, sometimes orange and even yellow foliage. I’ve even had Chinese…
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