Japanese Red Pine Styling

Japanese Red Pine Styling

by Terry Erasmus September 27, 2017

A Japanese red pine imported in 2013, finally get some tender loving care in the form of a proper styling.

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Japanese Red Pine bonsai gets a new look

Japanese Red Pine bonsai gets a new look

by Terry Erasmus July 10, 2017 1 Comment

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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Makeover of a Chinese Elm - Continued

Makeover of a Chinese Elm - Continued

by Terry Erasmus November 09, 2016 6 Comments

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.

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4 Year Development of a Cotoneaster from bush to bonsai

4 Year Development of a Cotoneaster from bush to bonsai

by Terry Erasmus October 24, 2016 5 Comments

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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An Acacia Bonsai gets a radical makeover

An Acacia Bonsai gets a radical makeover

by Terry Erasmus June 03, 2016 9 Comments

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.

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Two Chinese Hackberry Bonsai get an Autumn Cut

Two Chinese Hackberry Bonsai get an Autumn Cut

by Terry Erasmus May 03, 2016 3 Comments

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

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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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Creating the canopy of a bonsai tree

Creating the canopy of a bonsai tree

by Terry Erasmus February 26, 2016 8 Comments

Creating bonsai structure in bonsai is probably one of the most misunderstood yet most written about concepts or ideas. Getting it wrong leads to stylized bonsai which resemble nothing you will find in nature and often leaves the viewer feeling uneasy. Getting it right however produces trees of great beauty and evokes all sort of positive emotions when viewed, especially in winter.

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Progression of a Field Grown Chinese Elm over 6 years

Progression of a Field Grown Chinese Elm over 6 years

by Terry Erasmus February 19, 2016 8 Comments

Bonsai progressions are always fun to look at. It shows in a few short paragraphs of text and some images, the work and changes a bonsai tree has undergone over a number of years. What makes it fun though is that our art is as much about trees as it is about patience, so seeing all these changes condensed is like pressing fast forward on the remote.

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Collected Olive to Pre-Bonsai in 2 Years

Collected Olive to Pre-Bonsai in 2 Years

by Terry Erasmus February 05, 2016 5 Comments

The story of a small, collected shohin sized wild olive begins in this post. Collected in 2013, within only 2 years the tree has undergone a dramatic change and it is on it's way to being awarded a bonsai pot for good behaviour. I will share with you how this development was achieved so you too can tell a similar story. 

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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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