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Even Athletes Need a Break…

Even Athletes Need a Break…

February 22, 2020

If we constantly nibble at our bonsai with scissors or pruners throughout the year, we usually don’t get anywhere good. Bonsai that don’t get a break from our delight at cutting back become exhausted. In weightlifting and other extreme sports you can’t lift every day of the week. Some days a bicyclist training for a […]

Minimalist Hemlock Styling~

Minimalist Hemlock Styling~

January 30, 2020

This mountain hemlock clump, Tsuga mertensiana, was featured in a styling post some years ago, and after a recent reworking felt ready for a revisit. Since the styling it’s been placed on a Corian slab, and moss has taken over. This one seems to slow down visitors. With some curiosity, I’ve watched some literally come […]

Black pine/Ponderosa Frankie Tree Revisit-

Black pine/Ponderosa Frankie Tree Revisit-

January 21, 2020

This is an earlier work, black pine grafted on a ponderosa trunk. I think it was grafted about 9 years ago. It’s a small tree, a chuhin at 14”. Collected years ago by Randy Knight; recently reworked by apprentice John Eads. In our first post on this tree, Black Pine/Ponderosa, I suggested calling it a Frankie […]