Some deciduous trees are tidy. The weather gets cold, the leaves drop off. More often, dead leaves stick around, waiting for us to remove them. Which is a good thing. It’s easy for bonsai enthusiasts to pay less attention to their trees in fall. Cooler temperatures slow growth and reduce the need for water and […]
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When Akio Kondo came for a visit this summer he worked on a lot of trees. My favorite is a semi-cascade Western Juniper. Front as styled by Akio Kondo Although the tree has only been in training for a few years, it has a very bright future. The movement is attractive and the deadwood is […]
I’m lucky – I live in an area that doesn’t get too cold in winter. This makes late fall, winter, and early spring the busiest time of year – a time filled with cutback, needle-plucking, wiring, and repotting. I was thinking, this afternoon, of what I can do to make my pines as vigorous as […]
Congratulations to Peter Tea for winning the 2009 Joshua Roth New Talent Bonsai Competition! Supported by the American Bonsai Society, the New Talent competition is usually held at ABS conventions, but this year was held at GSBF Convention XXXII, A Southwest Bonsai Journey, in Riverside, CA. Posing with the winning tree (Peter Tea photo) To […]
Post-Dated: The Schooling of an Irreverent Bonsai Monk, by Michael Hagedorn. Crataegus Books, 216 pp., $14.95. Available from Crataegus Books and Amazon. Before Michael Hagedorn completed his apprenticeship – before, even, he left for Japan, I was excited for his return. Hagedorn came to bonsai as a talented artist. I believed, upon hearing that he […]