One More Live Oak

I wrote last evening’s post a bit hurriedly.  I was fighting the daylight to get the trees chopped and potted, so much so that I ran out of charged power packs and had to delay this specimen until today.  But it gave me an opportunity to explain a little more...

Live Oaks and Yaupons

I visited the nursery of a good bonsai friend two years ago.  At the time he offered me a couple of live oaks, Quercus virginiana, that he had planted in the landscape and needed to get rid of.  Naturally I said yes.  I’ve never had good luck finding live oaks...

Some Design Pointers

It occurred to me that the blog I wrote yesterday on the American elm, Ulmus Americana, I lifted, potted and styled wasn’t as helpful as it could have been.  For less experienced artists who sometimes struggle with making design decisions, I wanted to explain in...

Winter Sucks – Making Bonsai Helps

We’re getting deep into our short but seemingly endless Deep South winter, and by next month depression will be kicking in for those of us so inclined.  The only good thing about winter is that I get to collect a lot of new material, and do some actual bonsai...

Hopeless Cause, Bonsai Challenge or More?

Whenever anyone talks about or posts on a forum about swamp maple, Acer rubrum (also known as red maple), I advise not trying to collect larger specimens.  Why?  I’ve learned the hard way that while these trees mostly survive collecting, they ultimately succumb...