Elm Development – Simple Steps

There’s nothing like developing a bonsai.  Sure, we all have or want “finished” trees in our collection for sheer viewing pleasure, but no destination is fun without the journey to get there. We’re well into the depths of summer now, and my...

Oaks In Summer

When I tell fellow bonsai enthusiasts that I’ve had good success collecting oaks in summer, they’re always surprised.  And why not?  We know that most species prefer to be collected during dormancy, meaning winter.  I’ve written before about my own...

American Hornbeam – Quick Progression

I’ve written at length about American Hornbeam, Carpinus Caroliniana.  It’s one of my favorite species for bonsai, and one of my five best bonsai trees for beginners.  The tree shown here, collected in January 2015, was potted this June.  There’s a...

Dragon – A Quick Update

This monster Water-elm, Planera aquatica, named Dragon, has really outdone itself this growing season.  Certainly the size of the tree and the growing room it has have contributed to this rampant growth.  The shoots are by no means at their ultimate desired thickness,...