Impressions from the BCI / Asia-Pacific / HWA-FONG / 1st Bonsai Science Symposium

Impressions from the BCI / Asia-Pacific / HWA-FONG / 1st Bonsai Science Symposium

This has been a stimulating, massive, thought-provoking, multiple-organization event hosted in Taichung, Taiwan. Today I’ll just show some images and some initial thoughts, and will do a follow-up post when I’ve had time to compose some further thoughts. Enjoy the photos! I do apologize for the quality of them, they were phone photos and not […]

Shore Pine Design Exercise—Pt. 1

Shore Pine Design Exercise—Pt. 1

During rewiring a tree is a good time to rethink the design and look for ways to improve it. We gave this Shore Pine that kind of scrutiny this past week. This is one of our two-part series, which will conclude next week. Here is the Shore Pine before some changes. Next week we’ll show […]

My Pine Needles are Yellowing…Do I Have a Problem?

My Pine Needles are Yellowing…Do I Have a Problem?

Maybe not. In early summer, when new needles on single flush pine species are finishing growing and hardening off, we may see old needles yellowing and falling off. This is a totally normal process of replacement. One can assist the tree by removing these old needles at this time, so that light and air can get […]

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 often 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’ […]

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 […]

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 […]

Flowers on Pine Candles…Leave alone? Take off?

Flowers on Pine Candles…Leave alone? Take off?

The first. Best to leave them alone. It’s true that flowering weakens a tree a bit. But pine candles are also quite delicate when growing, and sometimes the shoots that flower can be smaller, and smaller means weaker. Taking the flower buds off can really damage that shoot. And any damage that we do to them is therefore […]