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Retrospective: Drawings, Paintings, Sculpture, Pots, and Bonsai

Retrospective: Drawings, Paintings, Sculpture, Pots, and Bonsai

July 23, 2021

For a year I’ve been dreaming about assembling my past artwork in a timeline. Almost everything I had needed to be digitized from slides and prints, the earliest from 35 years ago. Going through the big boxes of images took longer than expected, as I would drift into reverie over times long forgotten. I enjoyed […]

Pruning Young Chojubai in Summer ~

Pruning Young Chojubai in Summer ~

July 16, 2021

The last post was about energy balancing older shrubs, using a Chojubai as our example. Here is a younger Chojubai, in a large training container, and to balance it requires a different approach. Early summer is a good time to cut extensions back on developing Chojubai. If vigorous you can cut them twice, once in […]

Energy Balancing in Shrubs

Energy Balancing in Shrubs

July 9, 2021

Being basally dominant, many shrubs are going to do anything they can to kill off older parts and grow shoots from below. The more geriatric the shrub, the greater the danger of killing off exactly what we want to preserve—the older, trunky bits. They don’t like to make trunks much, with the exception of Satsuki […]