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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 […]

Restyling a Historic Ponderosa (in a Metal Pot) –

Restyling a Historic Ponderosa (in a Metal Pot) –

September 4, 2020

Years ago a friend dropped off an old brake drum, an old rusted thing from a car, and said ‘Put something in that’. I was pretty amused and said I would, and yet it’s taken me a while to find something worthy of it. We finally did, this spring, and it was the first time […]