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Wisteria Grown by Warren Hill-

Wisteria Grown by Warren Hill-

February 9, 2019

Starting from a one gallon plant 40 years ago, Warren Hill grew this massive Chinese Wisteria. He did an incredible job. It now has a 13″ base and a huge wingspan, requiring two people to move it. It is surprising how fast Wisteria can bulk up given the opportunity. And also ramify, in just a […]

When Can We Claim Deciduous Work As Our Own?

When Can We Claim Deciduous Work As Our Own?

January 29, 2019

‘Whose work is it?’ is a question often asked by those who go to bonsai shows. Both conifer and deciduous bonsai will have answers to that question, but how that computation is made differs significantly. It is maybe easiest to understand how deciduous work is different by contrasting it with that of conifers. In most […]

Ugly vs. Pretty Styling

Ugly vs. Pretty Styling

January 19, 2019

For any styling it’s good to ask: Do we leave it rough, or do we polish it off to as crystalized an image as we can? And the answer usually is, as with many things in bonsai, it depends. When is leaving a mess appropriate? With very aggressive work, with large branches and even trunks moved […]