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Assessing Summer’s Misdemeanors

Assessing Summer’s Misdemeanors

November 29, 2021

At the end of a long growing season we might ask ourselves: ‘What can we do better?’  It’s not a bad idea to have a blunt friend come into the yard and attempt to answer that question. After a while we can’t see our own handiwork.  Your friend might say, ‘Your pines could use more […]

Multiple-trunks and Nebari Development

Multiple-trunks and Nebari Development

November 19, 2021

This Japanese Snowbell has appeared before on the blog. We’ll first look at the fall pruning before getting to the nebari.  Styrax japonicus in fall, ready for a pruning. After leaf removal. The lower branches were let run this year to thicken them up. The top was pruned once already, in mid-season. Following pruning. Stronger pruning […]

Revisit: Vine Maple Tower

Revisit: Vine Maple Tower

November 12, 2021

One of the stranger things we’ve made at Crataegus Bonsai is this cascade Vine Maple planted on an internal nylon frame.  This was designed in a Winter 2012 Seasonal class. With its 10th year creation anniversary just around the bend, it seemed fitting to offer photos of how it looks now. Vine Maple, Acer circinatum, sitting […]