Ezo Spruce Forest Styling-

Ezo Spruce Forest Styling-

As the last photo will attest, this tree was styled during quite cold weather…the windows in the studio had very interesting fractal ice patterns last week. The Ezo itself has been a bonsai a long time, I’m not clear on the provenance of the tree beyond that it’s about 35 years old, sporting some older […]

Snow Care for Bonsai-

Snow Care for Bonsai-

Here’s a short video we did during a major snowstorm here in Portland, Oregon. We don’t get much snow here, really, an inch or two is about it, so trees are outdoors for the most part. When we get more snow…we need to remove it or we can end up with broken branches. The trick […]

Introducing Andrew Robson: New Apprentice

Introducing Andrew Robson: New Apprentice

Only a couple weeks out of graduate school, Andrew Robson began his apprenticeship at Crataegus Bonsai in Portland. He’s been here since June 2016. Andrew’s background is in music, with a Master’s degree from the Yale School of Music. While in school there he performed at the New York Philharmonic’s New Music Biennial, among other […]

2016 Photo Bloopers…

2016 Photo Bloopers…

Here are the ‘best’ photos of 2016 all together in one photo extravaganza, the Blooper Reel of 2016. And again there are no names to protect the innocent…other than Matt Reel, who is in the first photo… Happy Holidays everyone! Past year’s Blooper Reels: https://crataegus.com/2013/12/27/2013-photo-bloopers/ https://crataegus.com/2015/01/02/2014-photo-bloopers/ https://crataegus.com/2015/12/23/2015-photo-bloopers/

A Winter Hazel Renovation…

A Winter Hazel Renovation…

Deciduous…well, there is a reason I don’t do as many deciduous posts as conifer, even though they take up maybe 50% of the space in the garden. They do develop slowly. It wasn’t like one could do a quick turnaround on this Corylopsis spicata as is possible with a conifer and have it look snazzy […]

Ezo Spruce Formal Upright Styling

Ezo Spruce Formal Upright Styling

One of my favorite species for bonsai is Ezo Spruce… Although we don’t have the wonderful collected Ezo that the Japanese have, sometimes one can find cutting-grown Ezo that are often perfect for forests or formal uprights. It has a very small needle and ramifies rapidly. There are also a number of really eye-catching North […]

Another Ponderosa Revisit-

Another Ponderosa Revisit-

Last week we did a promised revisit of a Ponderosa Pine that was styled a few years ago…this week let’s do an unpromised one. Ponderosa Pine as it came into the yard, or rather about five months later, if I remember right. In the fall of that year, we styled the tree. I’d like to […]

Bunjin Ponderosa Update

Bunjin Ponderosa Update

A couple years ago I did a post on a Ponderosa Pine bunjin, and I promised an update down the road. Here’s the ‘What became of that tree?’ post… This is where we started with the Ponderosa Pine in 2013, after some trunk cleanup and lime sulfuring. The long, twisted needles are the result of over-watering (Oil-Dri, […]

Part II: Beech Design Puzzle

Part II: Beech Design Puzzle

Well, then, this is where we made the cut on the beech tree… …to the first strong leader that continues a flowy trunk line. Tony in a festive mood. The new leader continues the flow of the trunk. In a couple years it too will be removed. Then the decision will have to be made […]

Part I: Beech Design Puzzle

Part I: Beech Design Puzzle

This Japanese Beech, Fagus crenata, has been growing in a box for several years. It had some large cuts low on the trunk that needed to be less apparent, and the only way to do that really well is to grow a larger trunk. So…we grew the top of this tree vigorously, which allowed for […]