Creating A Dogwood Bonsai

I posted a blog on this Roughleaf dogwood, Cornus drummondii, this past Thursday.  The tree was collected in January of this year, and after a slow start really took off.  As I mentioned Thursday, the tree has a lot going for it in terms of character.  Given that plus...

Benign Neglect Pays Off Again

I have written on more than one occasion about the principle of benign neglect as it pertains to bonsai.  Because bonsai is a hands-on pastime, the beginner often becomes convinced that creating and maintaining their trees is almost constant work.  In fact, aside from...

Roughleaf Dogwood Initial Styling

I collected this Roughleaf dogwood, Cornus drummondii, earlier this year.  This photograph, taken in late January, gives you an idea of the quality of the specimen.  It looks even better in person!  The tree was a little slow in coming out – this shot from March...

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...