A customer of mine who purchased this tree from Rudi Adam's collection after his passing brought this Japanese White Pine to me for styling. In this post I share with you the scope of work completed on this bonsai tree, why it was necessary and what the future holds for this historically significant South African tree.
Bonsai is an ancient Japanese art form where natural tree forms are created in miniature, in a tray-like container, for the purpose of contemplation. It surely must be of the most popular of the Japanese arts in South Africa today with many bonsai clubs gathering around the country.
In this vlog, Terry Erasmus shadows local Cape Town bonsai artist, Brett Simon as he prepares a collected juniper for some drastic bending. Increase your confidence to do the same as Brett explains and demonstrates the process he follows to you with the aid of text, photographs and carefully narrated video.
This blog post was inspired by an article in an old edition of the Bonsai Today magazine. In this post, which I will be adding to over time I will share many tips and suggestions on growing bonsai; how to maintain, style, wire, feed and much more. The topic, written in plain English aided by detailed photographs explains the fundamentals of bonsai in an easy to follow manner.
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.
In this post we continue with the development of an old Chinese elm which began a remake in 2009. We pick up from where the first installment ended and show you what the tree looks like now and describe the techniques used.
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.
An Acacia bonsai brought to me by a customer gets a radical makeover. Radical makeovers or instant bonsai can be fun and challenging. This neglected tree gets a completely new look and some new growing media to jump start it.
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.