Yaupon Update

We’ve been following the progress of this yaupon, Ilex vomitoria, for a while now.  Hollies grow well in summer, and you can see in the photo that this one has been no different.  Today it was time to do some more development work.               First I cleaned...

Vines For Bonsai

Vines are not the most common species grown as bonsai in the U.S., but they do make a unique addition to any collection.  Their best features are rampant growth and showy flowers – and of course, the fact that they flower readily in container culture.  The most...

The Good, The Not So Good And The Ugly

There are distinct stages in the life of every bonsai.  First styling and potting is possibly the purest point of artistic expression in that life.  Beginning with a piece of raw stock – and this may be a regular nursery find, a purchased pre-bonsai or even a...

Did The Mayhaw Make It?

Okay, would I post this blog if the Mayhaw didn’t make it?  But seriously, I got an email from a good bonsai friend after I posted the blog admiring my courage in repotting the tree in May.  Granted, May is not the ideal time to repot much of anything so it was...

Water Oak Development

You probably remember this water oak, Quercus nigra, which I first posted last month.  I had collected it in Winter 2014 and just let it grow out.  As you can see in this first photo, it doesn’t look like much. Developing raw stock in the form of...