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Why Do Trees Twist?

Why Do Trees Twist?

September 30, 2022

This old question came up again on a recent drive through central Oregon. Western Junipers were everywhere. On one section of route 26 (a lonely one-lane highway) I thought, “OK, let’s settle this once and for all. Do conifers in the northern hemisphere all twist one way?” I looked to the right. The junipers twisted […]

A Rooftop Bonsai Garden in the Windy City

A Rooftop Bonsai Garden in the Windy City

September 23, 2022

A friend has fought the wind on his top story house in Chicago for years. At a distance I’ve cheered him on. This summer he built a new structure to protect his trees. I thought it worth sharing, as so many have wind issues. In this post he shares the construction of this structure and […]

Mega Black Pine Rewire

Mega Black Pine Rewire

September 16, 2022

This massive black pine was part of the Pacific Bonsai Museum, now owned by a client of Andrew Robson’s. Here’s a video of me wiring this big black in 2021 (partly on a ladder), followed by before and after photos of the past year’s work. Music courtesy Hapasan: Taiko Cave Wiring by ladder? Sure. Better than […]