Category Archives: Bonsai Topics

Itoigawa Workshop: Start to Finish

  The workshop I chose to participate in this past weekend was the Itoigawa juniper workshop with Ryan Neil. In this post I hope to point out some of the things I learned, guiding us through the process of styling … Continue reading

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Winter Wonderland

Well this past week in the mid-Atlantic we’ve seen snow, ice, rain, sleet, and all that wonderful winter weather. I’m glad I got back from vacation just in time to throw the cover on my cold frame. Last year I … Continue reading

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True Grit (this is a soil post… get it)

There are really two bonsai topics that I hesitate to write about. One is soil and the other is fertilizer. The cause of my anxiety is two fold. first of all, I’ll be the first one to say that I … Continue reading

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Species Profile: Acer buergerianum (Trident Maple)

I’m confident now that with the exception of wiring,  which I plan on addressing later in the season, I’ve provided the best ground work possible for getting started with bonsai. There are certainly volumes of knowledge to be learned in … Continue reading

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Spring: A Seasonal Checklist

It’s so cold. When you get into that long stretch from New Years to late March, you start to convince yourself that perhaps it will just be miserable and cold for the rest of your life. You look outside at … Continue reading

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Today My Thoughts Are ofbonsai.org

If you’ve been following my “bonsai topics” posts, you may have noticed that the most recent lesson was on style. The wonderful folks over at ofbonsai.org were generous enough to feature my “A Theory of Style” article a few days … Continue reading

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A Theory of Style

So far we discussed a great deal on how to start your trees and your techniques in the right direction. When I was thinking about the path my writing would take, guiding you from complete novice to at the very … Continue reading

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Taikan-Ten Round up

The Taikan-Ten is Japan’s second largest bonsai show and is held annually in November. Unlike other shows in Japan, the Taikan-Ten focuses on bonsai displays and features excellent Tokonoma. While I’ve spent the last week gorging on thanksgiving left-overs, I’ve … Continue reading

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Konpakuto

“Bonsai are compact. The tree always wants to get bigger. Bigger, bigger, bigger (gestures as if the tree is inflating like a balloon). We always work to make our bonsai more compact (gesturing as if the balloon is incrementally deflating). … Continue reading

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Prudence With Pruning

Prudence Noun 1. The ability to govern and discipline oneself by the use of reason 2. Sagacity or shrewdness in the management of affairs 3. Skill and good judgment in the use of resources 4. Caution or circumspection as to … Continue reading

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