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Squatty Limber Pine Styling-

Squatty Limber Pine Styling-

September 25, 2020

Nearly 10 years ago I found this Limber Pine sitting at the intersection of three cracks in solid granite. The chunks of silvered wood you see as ‘wings’ on either side of the lower trunk, with air under them, are the remains of the original root system that ran down two cracks. The space underneath […]

Arizona Alder in Unusual Presentation-

Arizona Alder in Unusual Presentation-

September 18, 2020

This planting was originally composed by Oregon bonsai artist Greg Brenden. The container is a concrete water meter cover, stretching the boundaries of what might hold a plant. We’ve been encouraging a kusamono-like wildness to its style since acquiring it some years ago. The meter cover does have a rectangular hole straight through the center […]

Does Burying a Pot in Compost Create Patina?

Does Burying a Pot in Compost Create Patina?

September 11, 2020

When he was an apprentice here Andrew Robson puzzled over guidance we hear frequently: ‘Bury a new ceramic pot in compost and in a few months you’ll see patina on it’. Well, he took a new, unused pot and buried it in compost for fully two years. He watered it every day (true story). We […]