I’m Standing here!! Braving the elements day in day out! Twisted and battered, but standing strong! #hawthorn #quarry #landscape #landscapephotography #minera #wrexham #windswept #bonsaiwales #bonsaiinspiration #thefrozendivide #localwalks #northeastwales #nikond7500 #bracketedexposure #cloudscape #blueskies #snowyground

Bonsai Inspirations 2nd Edition


Many of you maybe familiar with the Bonsai Inspirations series by Harry Harrington?

He has enhanced the second version of this great book with some new chapters and photograph. All of the two page spread photographs are my landscape photography works.

I’m very excited to see my work being published within a great publication.

Copies of the book can be purchased HERE from Harry Harrington’s Bonsai4me.com

Available to purchase now

View original post

Revisit: Shimpaku/Rocky Cascade

michael hagedorn

Revisits are good for showing how bonsai change over time. It’s been four years since we saw this juniper, years in which it’s been trudging along keeping its head down—quite literally, it’s a cascade—and yet making visible strides during those years, too.

As a quick recap, the trunk of this tree is Rocky Mountain Juniper and it was grafted with two veneer grafts of coarse Shimpaku. This was 10 years ago. The original post covered the day the Rocky Mountain foliage was cut off and it had to fend for itself with Shimpaku: Day of Yikes.

Since 2014, the date of that first post, the tree has been wired several times, and is already showing some of the soft mounds of foliage that Shimpaku is justly famous for. Now many of the branches don’t need wire at all.

The speed at which one can make a fully realized bonsai from…

View original post 73 more words

Refining A Japanese Maple Bonsai By Transplanting

Valavanis Bonsai Blog

8 2018.jpg

September 2018

Joe Noga has been growing and training his Shishigashira Japanese maple, Acer palmatum ‘Shishigashira,’ for over 35 years. This dwarf cultivar of Japanese maple has been selected and appreciated in Japan for over 300 years. It is commonly trained for bonsai in Japan and is generally easy to air layer to produce a bonsai. The lovely dark green leaves are interesting and curled, which is not a good characteristic for bonsai because when reduce in size they become deformed and do not look like maple leaves. They are however, slow and compact growing and quite popular for bonsai training.

Joe grew his Shishigashira Japanese maple bonsai in Rochester, New York for decades before moving his large and excellent bonsai collection to Winterville, of Carolina, nine years ago. In Rochester, his maple bonsai thrived in a full sun exposure all day long, while in North Carolina shade must be…

View original post 571 more words

Annual Spring Festival Details

Schley's Bonsai Blog

logo copy

Hey everybody, our January event was super fun but now we are gearing up again for something even better! Like with the winter event, everything at the shop will be 20% off during the festival. And beyond that, we have a weekend jam-packed with things to do!

This year it takes place Friday through Sunday, April 5th, 6th, and 7th.

Our Guest Artist, Sean Smith, is returning this April and will be taking the lead in several classes, workshops, and demos. As usual this event will have FREE BEER as well as lunch available on site (included in the cost of the classes and workshops).

New this year is our bonsai display area, if you are interested in having your bonsai on display during the event, contact Jason at schleybonsai@aol.com or call (386) 675-3118 for more information.

During this event there will be free demonstrations each day. For…

View original post 17 more words

Shore Pine Rock Planting 2

Bonsai Eejit

Saturday’s study group also got to play with rock. Another Shore Pine being placed on a rock from Lough Corrib County Galway.

The tree previously styled.

Playing with options. We ended up changing plans yet again and grinding away rock to allow better placement.

The rock had a large hole in the middle which had to seal with mesh from underneath to allow for more substrate to be added.

The photo doesn’t do the rock justice. It has lots of character and I look forward to seeing this composition mature.

View original post