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Bonsai Odds & Ends – Fall Arrives

Bonsai Odds & Ends – Fall Arrives

bonsai odds & ends - fall arrivesSneak PeekThere comes a point in the season where you can feel the change coming, yet it doesn't quite.  Then there comes a point where it just happens.  Today fall arrived.Bonsai Odds & Ends - Fall ArrivesOur heat broke a few...

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Bald Cypress Fun In 2021

Bald Cypress Fun In 2021

bald cypress fun in 2021Sneak PeekIt's not too soon to think about trees I'm going to work on in 2021.  Here are a few Bald cypresses that are on the list.Bald Cypress Fun in 2021I rarely do any Bald cypress trunk-building - I much prefer to collect them already built...

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Where Should That BC Trunk Chop Go?

Where Should That BC Trunk Chop Go?

where should that bc trunk chop go?Sneak PeekEssentially all collected large Bald cypresses are trunk-chopped.  In the wild they may be 20 feet tall.  When you get them home they end up 2 feet tall.  Then you start building.Where Should that BC Trunk Chop Go?  I...

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huckleberry

A Big Huckleberry Gets Styled

A Big Huckleberry Gets Styled

a big huckleberry gets styledSneak PeekHuckleberries are one of my favorite species (actually multiple species) for bonsai.  With small leaves, and flowers and fruit in scale, you can't ask for much more.A Big Huckleberry Gets StyledOn December 26th of last year I...

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Water-Elm Progression

Water-Elm Progression

water-elm progression Sneak PeekI've been keeping you updated on the progression of one of the Water-elms in my personal collection.  This tree has done so well, it's just about show-ready. Water-Elm Progression Beginning at the beginning is always best when you're...

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Rulebreaking 101 – Red Mulberry

Rulebreaking 101 – Red Mulberry

rulebreaking 101 - red mulberrySneak PeakRules are made to be broken, right?  Yes and no.  When you break a rule of art, what you end up with had better be a lot better than if you'd stuck with the rule.  In bonsai it's not any different ....Rulebreaking 101 - Red...

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riverflat hawthorn

Water-Elm Progression

Water-Elm Progression

water-elm progression Sneak PeekI've been keeping you updated on the progression of one of the Water-elms in my personal collection.  This tree has done so well, it's just about show-ready. Water-Elm Progression Beginning at the beginning is always best when you're...

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Rulebreaking 101 – Red Mulberry

Rulebreaking 101 – Red Mulberry

rulebreaking 101 - red mulberrySneak PeakRules are made to be broken, right?  Yes and no.  When you break a rule of art, what you end up with had better be a lot better than if you'd stuck with the rule.  In bonsai it's not any different ....Rulebreaking 101 - Red...

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BC Forest – Would You?

BC Forest – Would You?

bc forest - would you?Sneak PeakIt's common to have to redesign bonsai over time.  A branch dies; you find a better front; and in the case of established forest plantings you lose trees, which have to be replaced.  Here's one of those cases, and what I'm thinking of...

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willow oak

Water-Elm Progression

Water-Elm Progression

water-elm progression Sneak PeekI've been keeping you updated on the progression of one of the Water-elms in my personal collection.  This tree has done so well, it's just about show-ready. Water-Elm Progression Beginning at the beginning is always best when you're...

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Trunk Building Oaks

Trunk Building Oaks

trunk building oaksSneak PeekMost of the time we can get a good trunk line with our collected trees.  Sometimes, however, you have to rebuild almost from the ground up.Trunk Building OaksI collected this Water oak, Quercus nigra, from my iris swamp two years ago where...

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A Quick Take On Two Oaks

A Quick Take On Two Oaks

a quick take on two oaksSneak PeakOne of these trees you've seen before, the other you haven't.  The Water oak was featured in a previous blog, the Live oak is just now getting strong enough to begin its bonsai journey.  Here's where they are as of now.A Quick Take on...

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