Seeing Right Through Your Deciduous Trees

Winter is that time of year when your deciduous trees have nothing to hide.  Once the leaves are gone there they stand, and their structure becomes very apparent. This water-elm finally let go of the last of its leaves about a week ago.  You can see the tree is...

Merry Christmas!

From everyone at Bonsai South, we wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas!  Blessings to all. Zach, Cathy, Kayla, and Alex

A Water-Elm Progression

I’ve worked with many students through the years, and what seems to stymie most is how to see from beginning to “end” with the particular specimen they’re working on.  We select trees for certain characteristics, trunk movement and character,...

Winter Fun

Winter’s just a week away, meaning it’s almost time to gear up for collecting season.  It’ll be a few months before the new bald cypresses, hornbeams, hawthorns, etc. start hitting the site, but there’s a lot of activity going on behind the...

Developing a Bald Cypress Bonsai – Year 1

I collected this bald cypress, Taxodium distichum, in February of 2014. This specimen and the others I collected at the same time had already budded out for spring, but I figured they’d come back fine and almost all of them did; survival rates tend to be right at 80%...