from the blog

Deciduous Early Development Part I: Japanese Maple

Deciduous Early Development Part I: Japanese Maple

October 5, 2019

The first part of this development series covers a few gangly specimens of Japanese Maple. Japanese Maple is one of the most challenging early development deciduous trees because of its propensity to make long internodes. It’s also one of the best examples of a theme that runs throughout the next few posts on early development, […]

(What we don’t like talking about…) TOO MANY BONSAI-

(What we don’t like talking about…) TOO MANY BONSAI-

September 21, 2019

Many of us are natural ‘gatherers’. We collect things, much like bower birds and pack rats. And then we either present them in display cases, tuck them into storage units, or, if they are bonsai, arrange them in our backyards. Gathering is an endearing trait. And we have things to show off when friends visit. […]

The Dark Paths of Apprentices, Pt. II

The Dark Paths of Apprentices, Pt. II

September 7, 2019

Some of you may be following this sub-thread about the apprentices here at Crataegus Bonsai. This past week was a whirlwind as John Eads, the new apprentice, moved into the studio residence with his wife and two kids. The move itself was cacophonous and involved many boxes, several families, and 12 kids. Several things happened […]