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Wind-influenced Plants

Wind-influenced Plants

January 20, 2022

While on vacation at the Oregon coast this month I saw many plants that were wind-influenced. I prefer this term to ‘windswept’ as that conjures up a familiar image, one that we think we know, and still a tree shape. ‘Wind-influenced’ feels broader and open to interpretation. A few examples follow. A shrub formed by […]

Collected Vine Maple

Collected Vine Maple

January 14, 2022

Those of you who follow the Bonsai Wire podcast may recall an epic adventure involving a broken tailbone while collecting a Vine Maple. This is that tree. I still can’t believe John Eads and I got it out. The root system was locked onto the lava rock like an octopus. We spent 2 1/2 hours […]

Chuhin Black Pine Restyle

Chuhin Black Pine Restyle

January 7, 2022

In a game-changing redesign, John Wang of Los Angeles, CA transformed this gangly pine into a unified bonsai. While my client owns it now, the pine has changed only subtly since John got his golden mitts on it over ten years ago. Chuhin Black Pine, before John Wang’s reworking in 2009. John brought the upper branch […]