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Reworking A Japanese Maple

Reworking A Japanese Maple

October 22, 2021

Carmen, my apprentice, said I should call this maple ‘Cousin Itt’, from the Addams Family. There is a resemblance. The spooky bit is Itt lost two branches last year. This year we let Itt run hard out of fear of losing more. Last week we removed all the incandescent leaves (what a shame) to see […]

Progression Trees-

Progression Trees-

October 15, 2021

The following are last week’s work in photos, with comments. These bonsai are ‘on the way to find out’, needing growth here and there and future adjustments, directing them toward long term goals. Please enjoy the photo essay- Here’s a client tree, a Rocky Mountain Juniper that I’d grafted a few years back, collected by […]

Early Yellowing Foliage—What Does It Signal?

Early Yellowing Foliage—What Does It Signal?

October 8, 2021

Fall is a great time to sit back and assess our bonsai triumphs and misdemeanors. Often by summer’s end we see branch weakness or loss. And we might wonder, ‘What is it? And how much of that is my fault?’  You might notice a branch on a maple that turns yellow weeks before the others. […]