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Rocky Mountain Juniper: Alternative Methods

Rocky Mountain Juniper: Alternative Methods

June 25, 2019

The styling of any yamadori juniper assumes the bending of old wood, and only in unusual circumstances can one avoid this. The tree featured here, collected by Randy Knight, was one such outlier. During the early years after collection some young shoots grew inside and near the trunk. I spoke with my client about an alternative […]

The Art of Micro-Positioning

The Art of Micro-Positioning

June 11, 2019

Many of us started out the same way—with all our bonsai benches in full sun, or all of them tucked under the shade of a massive tree. Too little love or too much. Either way after witnessing some bonsai getting grumpier we ponder where else we might put them. And that is the beginning of […]

A Wildlife Tree Snag Gets Made—

A Wildlife Tree Snag Gets Made—

May 28, 2019

Our friend Brian French is a wildlife arborist specializing in habitat creation. He’s also the State Coordinator for the Oregon Champion Tree Registry. And he came out to create a full-sized tree snag in my front yard, making for an unusual day in the bonsai garden. When this vigorous 60′ Douglas Fir began to lift […]