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Ugly vs. Pretty Styling

Ugly vs. Pretty Styling

January 19, 2019

For any styling it’s good to ask: Do we leave it rough, or do we polish it off to as crystalized an image as we can? And the answer usually is, as with many things in bonsai, it depends. When is leaving a mess appropriate? With very aggressive work, with large branches and even trunks moved […]

A New Year’s Story-

A New Year’s Story-

January 6, 2019

Usually I offer the bungled photos of the year in a blooper reel to start the New Year. As I reviewed the year’s photos, however, it became clear that there weren’t enough qualifying photos. Which suggests either an uptick in selective shooting or a lack of studio clowns. Either way I have no photos for […]

Winter Care Options-

Winter Care Options-

December 22, 2018

Every year I get many questions regarding winter care of bonsai, which is lovely of course since we spend so much time worritin’ over their management during the growing season that it would be a shame not to properly worrit over their hibernation quarters, too. But rather than an epistle on winter care, here are […]


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