Lesson from a holly

Adam's Art and Bonsai Blog


Gnarly. Needs work, it’s not ideal, but sometimes we just gotta work on what we have or are given.

There’s no such thing as perfection in this world.

The Japanese understand this and I find it ironic that in an art form of Japanese origin, so many people think that there are rules.

The only rule, in the words of Mr. Miyagi, is to “…make it look like tree…”

But that’s not the lesson today. It’ll be a bit more of a harsh and abrupt a lesson than those simple words from a 1980’s classic movie.

First, though, is the tree prepared and healthy enough for what I’m going to do?

Ilex vomitoria “Schillings”. A dwarf yaupon holly.

It is healthy, the leaves are a good size (I don’t like them to be too big or too small. Both of which means the tree is about to run out…

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