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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

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Revisit: Shimpaku/Rocky Cascade

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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…

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Refining A Japanese Maple Bonsai By Transplanting

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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…

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