Japanese black pine bonsai styling

Japanese Red Pine bonsai gets a new look

In this post, I guide you through the process which I followed to prepare this Japanese Red Pine bonsai tree I imported from Japan late 2015, for a major restyling. The tree is then wired and styled. Extensive styling notes accompany the many photos so you can easily follow the process.
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Root over Rock Chinese Maple: A critical analysis

Root over Rock Chinese Maple: A critical analysis

In this blog post we study a wonderful example of the root over rock style in bonsai. The species used is the Trident Maple which is ideal for this style due to its growing character. Lets take a closer look at this tree and analyze the many features which make this specimen so particularly attractive.
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4 Year Development of a Cotoneaster from bush to bonsai

4 Year Development of a Cotoneaster from bush to bonsai

This blog post follows the development of a Cotoneaster bonsai tree from a rooted cutting, developed in the garden and then in a growing pot for only 4 years. In it cover the basics of what to do from the time you dig up the tree till it goes into a refinement pot or container.

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chinese hackberry or celtis sinensis gets an autumn cut

Two Chinese Hackberry Bonsai get an Autumn Cut

Last work of the season on these two Chinese Hackberry originally field grown by Terry Erasmus from seed.

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Japanese bonsai azalea

Bonsai Azalea Heaven in Saitama, Japan

On a recent trip to Japan I visited two specialist nurseries; one that is well known and has won many awards in Japan for their shohin, and the other is a bonsai professional that specialises in Satsuki Azalea.

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Chinese maple bonsai trees

Naked Tridents - in all their glory

Trident Maples make superb bonsai subjects and in this post we take a look at a number of wonderful examples I encountered on my March 2016 trip to Japan. Although not so much emphasis in placed on the text this time you can learn much from simply looking at the pictures. 

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yixing bonsai ceramics