Creating A Hornbeam Bonsai

I collected this nice little American hornbeam, Carpinus Caroliniana, this past winter.  I liked the movement of the trunk and taper, so I knew I could make a nice believable bonsai out of it. All of the growth of the shoots you see here came from a bare trunk.  Some...

Developing A Green Hawthorn

I collected this green hawthorn, Crataegus viridis, back in February.  Hawthorns are very easy to collect, with about a 90% success rate.  As expected, this one exploded with growth in spring.  You’ll notice there are two existing branches on this one.  I...

Willow Oak Update

The saga continues for my awesome willow oak, Quercus phellos.  You may remember the tree got its first bonsai pot back in April, which was roughly four years after I’d collected it.  The tree had not yet budded out for spring, so I was anxiously waiting to see...

Bonsai Odds & Ends

Spring is just about over, and that means certain bonsai chores need doing.  It’s a pretty sure bet that a lot of wire applied in winter-spring is cutting in about now, so going around removing wire is a task that tends to occupy a part of your time over the...

Rebuilding A Bonsai Collection

As most of you know, the winter of 2014 was extremely harsh down here, so much so that I lost a number of trees during a snow and ice storm that literally froze my trees to their benches.  I wasn’t alone.  I only spoke with one or two of my clients up north who...