Bonsai Azalea Heaven in Saitama, Japan

Bonsai Azalea Heaven in Saitama, Japan

by Terry Erasmus April 07, 2016 5 Comments

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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Developing branches and ramification in deciduous trees

Developing branches and ramification in deciduous trees

by Terry Erasmus January 20, 2016 1 Comment

One of the most attractive qualities of deciduous bonsai when sensitively styled is the light and delicate appearance within the visual mass of the canopy. When hidden by a full canopy of leaves this beauty is lost to the viewer, but it's in winter that these species' structure which required many years of pinching, defoliating and wiring is finally revealed.

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Foundation work on a Chinese Maple shohin bonsai tree

Foundation work on a Chinese Maple shohin bonsai tree

by Terry Erasmus December 15, 2015 2 Comments

In this blog post a shohin tree makes it onto the bench for the 2nd time this season to be defoliated, wire which is biting in will need to be removed and we may need to do some branch selection. I will also discuss the appropriate use of tools and how to deal with scarring and the usefulness of sacrifice branches.

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