Greenbelt Restoration Project: Service-Learning Sessions 1-3

Originally posted on Living, Learning and Letting Go:
This quarter, we have students from the University of Washington’s Service-Learning program (Carlson Center) helping on our site. The Carlson Center’s service opportunities are tied to academic courses. Two of the students are from an introductory level course in the College of the Environment and four are from an English composition course that is focusing on social… Continue reading Greenbelt Restoration Project: Service-Learning Sessions 1-3

Deadwood inspiration from Driftwood

Originally posted on Bonsaiplace:
In a recent Blog post by Harry Harrington (Bonsai4me), I was amazed by this artist’s technique in creating deadwood. His carvings are superb. On the same day, I happened to be at a beach on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand (Paraparaumu). The beach was filled with driftwood and I could not resist studying them to find… Continue reading Deadwood inspiration from Driftwood

Seed Germination

Originally posted on Bonsaiplace:
During a conversation with Noel Plowman at the National Bonsai Convention and Show in New Zealand towards the end of 2015, Noel made the statement that it is hard to get good Pine genetic material in New Zealand. Most of the seedlings propagated for the forestry industry is genetically engineered to grow straight trunks with no bark. Both of these factors are… Continue reading Seed Germination

Tanuki – Cheating or Design Technique?

Originally posted on Bonsaiplace:
Wikipedia defines Tanuki Bonsai as a technique where a living tree is joined to an interesting piece of deadwood to create a composite in the From: artofbonsai.org driftwood style. It goes further to state that the deadwood usually has the form of a weathered tree trunk. The tree is attached to the deadwood by making use of screws, clamps or wire.… Continue reading Tanuki – Cheating or Design Technique?

Pine Seedlings as Cuttings – Early work to get a killer Nebari.

Originally posted on Bonsaiplace:
In an earlier post (https://wordpress.com/post/bonsaiplace.net/515), I have written about the germination of Pine seedlings. These seeds (planted on 26 January 2016) germinated very fast and are now large enough to change into cuttings. The reason why I do this is that it gets rid of the tap root early on and forces the seedling to grow new roots and the hope… Continue reading Pine Seedlings as Cuttings – Early work to get a killer Nebari.

Plant Kingdom Table – Conifers

Originally posted on Bonsaiplace:
In a previous blog, I had an attempt at giving a basic description of the different conifer type classifications. This led to a few questions and I realised that I could have given an overall view of the classification as well. Here is a table setting out where the different types of conifers fit in. In no way does this contain… Continue reading Plant Kingdom Table – Conifers