East meets West: Chojubai on Riding Spur

Originally posted on Michael Hagedorn:
This is a Japanese Flowering Quince Chojubai presented on a Western riding spur. ‘Presented?’ ‘Held’? ‘Lofted’? ‘Attached’? One might argue the proper term, but the riding spur was found on a hike in the Arizona mountains about 20 years ago, after falling off someone’s boot decades before. I’ve dragged it around everywhere I’ve lived, figuring it had an unknown future… Continue reading East meets West: Chojubai on Riding Spur

Bunjin Shore Pine Restyle-

Originally posted on Michael Hagedorn:
This Shore Pine—Pinus contorta subsp. contorta—has several interesting fronts. It has been a conversation piece with guests for their favorite front. Here’s what we did in a restyling. The original front of the tree, where we started our adventure …but here was a more engaging trunkline, about 90 degrees left, and inclined 30.  After cutting off the long right branch. Bunjin are… Continue reading Bunjin Shore Pine Restyle-

Torote (Bursera filicifolia)

Originally posted on beginBonsai:
Bursera filicifolia, common name torote, is a dry tropical forest species from Baja California. It is related to Frankincense, myrrh, and copal. The leaves and sap are fragrant. February 16, 2019: The tree today. March 19, 2012: The tree as purchased from Living Stones Nursery in Tuscon, Arizona. April 17, 2012: Potted and sprouting on the bonsai bench. June 2, 2012:… Continue reading Torote (Bursera filicifolia)

Chinese hackberry (Celtis sinensis)

Originally posted on beginBonsai:
The January 6 entry for this blog shows the development an American hackberry, Celtis occidentalis. Today’s entry is another species of this genus, the Chinese hackberry, Celtis sinensis. January 18, 2018: The tree today. November 26, 2012: The tree upon arrival from Wigert’s nursery, Florida. January 20, 2013: The tree in January with no new growth yet. This would have been… Continue reading Chinese hackberry (Celtis sinensis)

Tiger-bark ficus (Ficus microcarpa)

Originally posted on beginBonsai:
I’ve been colonized by ficus. Tiger-bark figs, rock figs, strangler figs, willow-leaf figs, and other fig species. When I first began working with figs I would place the cuttings in spare pots with soil whenever I pruned. This is the recipe for filling your bonsai bench space with figs. I have finally accepted that I need to throw away the cuttings… Continue reading Tiger-bark ficus (Ficus microcarpa)