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New Design for an Awarded Ponderosa Pine-

New Design for an Awarded Ponderosa Pine-

December 15, 2018

This bunjin pine won the Ben Oki award years ago, and then showed up on the cover of Bonsai Clubs International in 1992. The two and a half decades since, under the stewardship of several owners, have proven that Ponderosa does eventually ramify. In the last few years, however, the lower branch has weakened—made worse […]

Red Pine Bankan Style in Development…

Red Pine Bankan Style in Development…

December 2, 2018

This pine has been sitting on the benches here for almost ten years without much happening to it, except for the transition from Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa) foliage to Red Pine foliage (Pinus densiflora). And even after this wiring we ended a bit shy of where we want it. The grafts on the tree haven’t […]

Preparing Accents for Winter–

Preparing Accents for Winter–

November 22, 2018

Accents are popular with many bonsai enthusiasts. Some of us grow them to the detriment of our bonsai, we are so engaged and enraptured with them. And they are delightfully distracting. In the late fall the accents—or at least the ones that go brown on us—should be trimmed back to set them up for spring. […]

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