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How to Correctly Read Bonsai Heresy-

How to Correctly Read Bonsai Heresy-

November 27, 2020

When a student sent me this photo I began to worry that others might be having similar reading malfunctions. We are here to help. If you can’t make any headway with Bonsai Heresy, please—before calling, writing, or showing up on the doorstep—check that you aren’t taking direction from Rich, a past Seasonal student. (It was […]

Focus on Fall Pruning: Chojubai

Focus on Fall Pruning: Chojubai

November 20, 2020

It’s been a while since I’ve posted about the endearing and rambunctious flowering shrub Japanese Flowering Quince, ‘Chojubai’. It grows vigorously, flowers well, and stays small. And it’s a good subject for fall work overview. Old Chojubai in the fall Often we are laser focused on our bonsai when they are growing…and then as vaporously […]

Revisiting A Dead-Topped Azalea-

Revisiting A Dead-Topped Azalea-

November 13, 2020

Several years ago a weak Satsuki ‘Kinsai’ azalea arrived in the garden with a dead crown, dead branches, and shari down two sides—characteristics that suggested a promising juniper rather than an azalea. After a period of puzzling, we thought a prostrate styling might be a new future for it, and that, with luck, we might […]