New Projects From Backcountry Bonsai-

New Projects From Backcountry Bonsai-

A preview of some conifer yamadori trees in queue for styling in the next couple of years at Crataegus Bonsai. Trees are courtesy of Backcountry Bonsai, the collecting duo of Steve Varland and Dan Wiederrecht. These six trees are Rocky Mountain junipers and Ponderosa pines, although Steve and Dan also collect Limber pine, Lodgepole pine, […]

Juniper Live Veins and How They Move…

Juniper Live Veins and How They Move…

…or get smaller, to be more accurate. When we style a juniper, very often the live vein changes in size. It’s normally an adjustment to foliage loss, or branch loss, or even root loss, all which happen in the early years of initial work on a juniper. Most commonly, the sides of the vein will […]

Return of ‘The Fish’…

…which could either be a salmon returning up a river, or simply a bad movie title…? It’s neither. The Fish is yet another convenient, somewhat silly, ‘name’ for a Rocky Mountain Juniper that was featured here over a year ago when it was first styled. We did a three-part, real-time posting of it back then: […]

Rocky Mountain Juniper Repotting…

…but not recently! We did this repotting at the end of March, 2014, and like the last couple of posts, I’m playing catch up with things that we did long ago… The styling of this juniper was featured in a 2012 post: https://crataegus.com/2012/09/04/special-rocky-mountain-juniper-styling/ Enjoy the photos!

Big Juniper Project: ‘The Fish’: Part III: Finis!

Big Juniper Project: ‘The Fish’: Part III: Finis!

This post is the third (and last!) of our three-day adventure with a Rocky Mountain Juniper. I’ve never done a day-to-day string of posts like this. Did you like it? If so I’ll try it again around the bend. Well. Bobby and I don’t smell like rotten eggs today, thankfully. After today’s styling the juniper […]

Big Juniper Project: ‘The Fish’: Part II

This post is the second about our work this week on a Rocky Mountain Juniper. Today both Bobby and I smell like lime sulfur, which, to the uninitiated, smells strongly of rotten eggs. We had splatters of this solution all over us. Thankfully I have no plans tonight. I was worried about getting a good […]

Big Juniper Project: ‘The Fish’: Part I

This post is the first in a series of daily photos of a juniper in progress. It’s about as close as I can come to “real time” blogging. Bobby, my apprentice, and I have been taking our time with this Rocky Mountain Juniper, and enjoying the process of discovering the bonsai within the tree. I […]

Rocky Mountain juniper cascade styling–

I had a comment on another juniper post this month that the finished tree looked like a pronghorn antelope… which was pretty apt I thought, and yet that name could well go for this one, too. It’s a Rocky Mountain juniper collected a few years ago by Randy Knight and purchased from Ryan Neil, and […]

Special Rocky Mountain Juniper Styling-

Special Rocky Mountain Juniper Styling-

This tree is special for two reasons. The first is because my friend Troy Cardoza collected it. I like having trees that link me to other people. And it’s also special because it’s quite small for its age, with some great sinuous lines. Troy collected this Rocky Mountain juniper early last year, and it grew […]

Juniper Grafting- Curious Results

This was interesting and seemed worthy of sharing. This tree, owned by a client, was originally Rocky Mountain juniper. It had some of the worst scale infestation that I’ve ever seen, the Rocky Mountain foliage was so covered with it that it looked nearly white from a distance. When we decided to graft on it […]