Arizona Alder in Unusual Presentation-

Arizona Alder in Unusual Presentation-

This planting was originally composed by Oregon bonsai artist Greg Brenden. The container is a concrete water meter cover, stretching the boundaries of what might hold a plant. We’ve been encouraging a kusamono-like wildness to its style since acquiring it some years ago. The meter cover does have a rectangular hole straight through the center […]

Does Burying a Pot in Compost Create Patina?

Does Burying a Pot in Compost Create Patina?

When he was an apprentice here Andrew Robson puzzled over guidance we hear frequently: ‘Bury a new ceramic pot in compost and in a few months you’ll see patina on it’. Well, he took a new, unused pot and buried it in compost for fully two years. He watered it every day (true story). We […]

Restyling a Historic Ponderosa (in a Metal Pot) –

Restyling a Historic Ponderosa (in a Metal Pot) –

Years ago a friend dropped off an old brake drum, an old rusted thing from a car, and said ‘Put something in that’. I was pretty amused and said I would, and yet it’s taken me a while to find something worthy of it. We finally did, this spring, and it was the first time […]

WATCH The Fall Seasonal-lite Trailer!

WATCH The Fall Seasonal-lite Trailer!

This one is retro-themed, a bit cheeky, with a hint of Halloween… Sign up! Fall Seasonal-lite (Two sessions, Oct 24-25 or Nov 7-8, 2020) Fall course focuses on conifer and deciduous fall techniques, fall mistakes, subtle foliage adjustments, avoiding the traps of poor design including preciousness and lankiness, and much more The Seasonal-lite platform is […]

Giving Up That Branch You Love–

Giving Up That Branch You Love–

Why would you want to give up what you’re excited about? This doesn’t sound right, does it… Sometimes, of course, a cool branch is everything good about a tree, and then we have to feature it. But it’s easy to become stubbornly adamant about a branch, or other tree element like really nice shari, that […]

BONSAI WIRE Podcast is Now Live!

BONSAI WIRE Podcast is Now Live!

We hope you’ll check out Bonsai Wire, our new podcast which is now searchable on podcast apps. Rather than a single viewpoint, Bonsai Wire is hosted by four professionals who cover topics in roundtable fashion and interview others for their viewpoints, too. Three episodes are available already, including our Introductory session, a roundtable about Curating […]

Snow Falling On A Yellow Cedar-

Snow Falling On A Yellow Cedar-

Apologies for the appropriation from David Guterson’s novel, Snow Falling on Cedars, but his suggestive title was roughly what I was attempting with this styling: When there’s enough of it, snow is heavy, and transforms that beneath it.  This is a Yellow Cedar, Cupressus nootkatensis; a good sized tree, nearly 3′ across. The branches were long […]

3-D Printed Slab for a Shore Pine…

3-D Printed Slab for a Shore Pine…

Using the talents of a student, we transferred this Shore Pine to a new ultra-techy support… This Shore Pine was featured in a post a few years ago: Shore Pine…On a Metal Post… The nylon cutting board support always felt like a temporary solution. The dead peach color wasn’t very appealing, the construction was…alternative…in one place […]

Brand New Podcast: BONSAI WIRE

Brand New Podcast: BONSAI WIRE

Podcast aficionados! You may be interested to know that four of us—Jonas Dupuich, Andrew Robson, John Eads and myself—are about to launch a bonsai podcast: Bonsai Wire. And we hope you will join us. The umbrella plan is to be instructive and useful to listeners, covering some hot-button topics as well as topics that we think […]

What’s Wrong Here? A Blog Quiz-

What’s Wrong Here? A Blog Quiz-

If you see a pine with lushly growing moss on top of the soil media, like the one below, alarm bells should be going off. As pines generally don’t like overly wet soil media, lush moss is a lucky clue to adjust your pine care. And if things are really soggy, you might even see algae […]