Revisting a 2009 Ezo Spruce

Revisting a 2009 Ezo Spruce

Spruce bonsai have been ‘in the news’ this past year or two. I’ve posted one spruce already this fall… and I thought, why not continue the trend… Some of you might remember this four-trunk Ezo spruce clump from an earlier post. It was styled in 2009 and left rather leggy as we can’t always cut […]

Three Years Of A Spruced Up Engelmann

Three Years Of A Spruced Up Engelmann

This Engelmann spruce was originally owned by a guy up in Seattle and I suspect it grew in a mica drum pot for a couple decades. Collected in the Cascades many years ago, it has nice flaky, mature bark and sports a healthy community of lichen up and down the main trunk. It was growing […]

Brief History Of A Ponderosa Pine

The client who owns this pine is a cribbage player, and after noodling trees during the day we retire to the kitchen table where he proceeds to lesson me in cribbage, usually with shocking losses. The styling of this pine dates from the very first visit to his house¬†when we discovered our common interest in […]

Revisiting a Unique Rocky Mountain Juniper—Seasonal work

This is an intriguing tree. I could look at it all day. It was styled last year with the other side as the front. Then the lower branch died, which is a hard thing to prevent in a juniper if it’s got that idea going. About that time I was strongly considering this new front, […]

Developing an Unpromising Sierra Juniper Bunjin–student work from Seasonal

This is a product of my Seasonal sessions. A few years ago I bought this weedy looking Sierra juniper, removed the field soil and repotted it into a pumice/akadama mix in a plastic nursery pot with help from Seasonal students in 2009, and styled it with a Seasonal group in 2010. It really did look […]

White Pine: Revisited

This white pine might be familiar to some… it was featured in a post from April 2, 2010. On that day I styled the tree by turning the front 180 degrees… with my client’s approval! See the original post:¬†https://crataegus.com/2010/04/02/white-pine-styling/ Some of the bottom branches appear to be strengthening, and that was good to see. I […]

Black Pine Grafted Ponderosa: STYLED

Black Pine Grafted Ponderosa: STYLED

This small pine goes way back to when I was a potter, trying to sell them at my first convention in the mid 90’s in Harrisburg, PA. I met Andy Smith there, and we traded a pot for a tree. He collected the yamadori pine in South Dakota. For years I grew it as a […]

Corylopsis spicata: An old Winter Hazel

I feel a bit guilty about not showing more deciduous trees I’m working on, as they form about 50% of my collection. The reason is that conifers can sometimes be designed in a day, whereas the deciduous I have are either very young, or poorly balanced and old—both of which need 10 or 15 years […]