Hornbeam Harvest Part 2

Hornbeam Harvest Part 2

I made a collecting trip with a new bonsai friend today, and we got some really nice American hornbeams (Carpinus caroliniana).  Among the nicknames for the species is “Musclewood.”  This is because as it matures the trunk of a hornbeam will produce...
It’s Showtime!  How To Prepare Your Tree

It’s Showtime! How To Prepare Your Tree

My local bonsai club is having its fall show this coming weekend.  I’ve been pondering which of my trees I’d like to show, and today this one caught my eye.   This, you might say, is one heck of a hornbeam.  The American hornbeam, Carpinus caroliniana, is...
Bad Roots Or No Roots?  How To Make Your Own

Bad Roots Or No Roots? How To Make Your Own

Happy Fourth of July!  There’s nothing like grilled meat, potato salad, watermelon, and the rest of the fixins followed by some fireworks.  Except for bonsai, of course.  Today I want to tackle what makes a lot of bonsai folks cringe, but which when you master...