Interview with Shinji Suzuki’s Son–

Interview with Shinji Suzuki’s Son–

My friend Oscar Jonker of Bonsai Empire recently interviewed Hiroaki Suzuki, my teacher’s son. He apprenticed under Kimura, and still has been spending a bit of time back at Kimura’s place helping out, and the rest of his time at his father’s place. I enjoyed spending some time with him at Suzuki’s garden when I […]

New Website Live—

New Website Live—

Thanks for your patience while we spent a day recrafting the Crataegus Bonsai website. It is designed to be best viewed on a tablet or computer, and we’re working on improving the phone view. Please take a look, wander around a bit, and let me know what you think-

Confusion Over Fall Repotting-

Confusion Over Fall Repotting-

I’ve noticed over the years a lot of puzzlement over the correct time to repot. Much of the confusion stems from placing too much weight on the exceptions to spring repotting. There’s a simple way of looking at it that might help decide when to repot. When we repot, the tree is essentially given the signal, […]

Tree Prep for the National Show-

Tree Prep for the National Show-

This is a small Rocky Mountain Juniper which its owner has nicknamed ‘Twisty.’ We were joking that this is not unlike calling your cat ‘Kitty’… simple, obvious, and hard to forget. I collected this tree years ago and have the joy of continuing to work on it occasionally-

Photo Gallery of Visit to Japan-

Photo Gallery of Visit to Japan-

This month I took a brief trip to Japan… …I was at my teacher’s place in Obuse, Nagano for most of the time, so many of these photos are from his garden…the rest are of the village of Obuse…the surrounding mountains…and there are one or two shots from Tokyo, where I found a bag and […]

Needle Juniper Restyling-

Needle Juniper Restyling-

This tree is too tall. And the branches are a bit leggy, too. One of the problems we get into in bonsai design is that with time and growth, height and branch length can begin pulling us away from the trunk. Literally destroying the design, making it weaker. And this tree has a nice trunk, […]

Jonas Dupuich on Akadama-

Jonas Dupuich on Akadama-

I rarely do this. In fact, this might be the first time, to reblog something. But, I have a reason. I think Jonas Dupuich’s post on Bonsai Tonight about akadama is a very clear, inclusive, and informational LONG post that anyone who is curious about this weird and wonderful stuff should probably give a careful […]

Bobby Curttright Wraps Up Apprenticeship-

Bobby Curttright Wraps Up Apprenticeship-

After three years here at Crataegus Bonsai, Bobby Curttright has finished his apprenticeship and is setting up his bonsai business of Cascadia Bonsai. I am sad to see Bobby go. Bobby weathered his being my first apprentice with his native stoic nature, resilience, and good humor. We did have quite a bit of fun. There […]

Black Pine / Ponderosa Frankenstein Bonsai

Black Pine / Ponderosa Frankenstein Bonsai

Well. I’m not sure what to call Black Pines grafted onto Ponderosa stock. Frankensteins? Frankies? Feel free to suggest… When I first started grafting Black Pine onto Ponderosa, I was unsure whether one could decandle them the same as Black Pine on its own roots. Before I went to Japan to study I grafted a […]

Breaking News: Bonsai Empire’s Intermediate Course

What follows is a brief review of the new Intermediate Course, a solid educational opportunity freshly available from Bonsai Empire. I’ll get to my review in a second, please forgive me for offering some general comments about bonsai study first. All content being equal, if one were to sketch out a ‘utility-meter’ based on the actual […]