Hawthorn Thread-Graft Success

Last month I showed you the result of a six-year project to establish an acceptable design for this large Mayhaw, Crataegus aestivalus.  After collecting the specimen, which measures 4″ at the base and was originally chopped at 24″, trunk budding failed to...

Happy To Be Wrong

One of the key skills the bonsai artist must learn is how to identify the various species he or she intends to work with.  This is especially true when you collect your own from the wild.  This is a challenge when you’re first starting out, though I believe...

Spring Bonsai Fun – Part 2

I collected this Mayhaw, Crataegus aestivalus, on January 2nd of this year.  It had some nice roots so I direct-potted it into this beautiful Chuck Iker round.  Then waited.  Hawthorns almost never disappoint, so when it got just warm enough for new material to begin...

Spring Bonsai Fun – Part 1

We’re once again at that time of year when new trees are coming out and demanding to be worked on.  You may remember this “twin-stick” in a pot, a neat little parsley hawthorn, Crataegus marshallii.  Although you can see the terrific trunk character...

Dogwood Work – 2016 – Part 1

You may remember this roughleaf dogwood, Cornus drummondii, from last spring.  I had gotten off to a good start on a broom-form specimen following the initial collecting of it, in 2012, and the subsequent recovery.  With a good branch set underway, I had potted the...