Impressive Yamadori

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A neighbour in our complex has this impressive Olive yamadori.

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Goyomatsu styling

Enjoy these pine bonsai.

John Milton Bonsai

Working here in Japan we do a lot of work on different species and you quickly get to know the characteristics of them. Although the work is pretty much the same process of cleaning up, wiring & styling they are all slightly different. All species have their plus point’s and negative points but, certainly my out right favourite has come to be goyomatsu/japanese white pine. I find them a pleasure to work with and very much enjoy styling them.
The minus points of this species is it has a tendency to be weaker and you can’t push them as hard as a black pine for instance. Also to make a white pine look nice after a styling really requires a dense tree. Especially if it is good needle quality and small needles. Otherwise they look very sparse and it can be difficult to define the pads.

Here is an example…

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A special Taikan-ten exhibition

John Milton Bonsai

The past Taikan-ten exhibition I was very fortunate to prep a display and tree’s for my good friends Mark and Ritta Cooper. The tree in question was a Momiji/Japanese mountain maple that has been at Aichi-en for the past 6-7 years and has previously been in Kokufu-ten exhibition.
It was always a tree that I admired here with an awesome trunk and superb leaf quality. The leaf quality is so good and the internode distance is so short it isn’t pinched in the spring. Certainly a rare find on any tree but, to find such a thick well tapered trunk certainly makes this a very special tree.
To cap it off, Mark and Ritta won a prize for the display and I couldn’t have been more pleased.
I’m very glad that it has found such good owners and I’m honoured that I had the chance to work on it before…

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