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 […]

Part II: Shore Pine Design Puzzle

Part II: Shore Pine Design Puzzle

Thank you all for sending in your design thoughts about this curious and complicated pine. There were some excellent designs. It is a truism about bonsai design that removing one thing usually necessitates the removal of other things, in order to retain visual balance. And with pruning away overly long and repetitive branching we begin […]

Part I: Shore Pine Design Puzzle

Part I: Shore Pine Design Puzzle

In the past I’ve done a series of posts about one tree’s styling, and that’s what we’ll do with this tree here. But this time I’d like you offer you some head scratching… I used this Shore Pine, Pinus contorta subsp. contorta, as a design puzzle for several of my Fall Seasonal sessions, and had […]

Be Careful with Shore Pine in the Winter-

Be Careful with Shore Pine in the Winter-

Shore Pine is one of North America’s most beautiful two-needled pines, with short bright green needles and great bark. It has similarities to many other smaller pines which often have multiple crowns, like pinyon pines. Shore pine does have one distinct difference however, and that (appears to be) cold hardiness. I say ‘appears to be’ […]

Lock Your Trees Down!

Lock Your Trees Down!

This is less a security headline than a technical reminder… …trees can loosen in their pots. Wires can slacken…bracing can slip…and then they can wave around in the wind. Or fall over. Why should we worry about a bit of wiggle? Because those movements can really weaken trees, adding to the stresses that they are often […]

History of a Bunjin Scots Pine

History of a Bunjin Scots Pine

Grown from seed by Northwest artist Ron Yasenchak, this Scots Pine is about 25-30 years old. It was purchased by a client of mine who has an eye for the unusual, and who takes the long view in reaching a goal. It’s been about 6 years since it was restyled, with the front turned around. Designs with the […]

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-