The ancient art of tray gardening.
the second species to bloom in the spring behind appricot......
As you can tell quinces hold a special place in my nurturing heart. I'm working on two chinese quince but they are not old enough to blossum as yet.
yesterday as i was helping to pot up the new yamadori pines and juniper's from Wyoming, I watched as customers filed by, interested yet not really.
there was just one lone limber pine and that one was really nice. It's lower branches perfect for work as a top bonsai. It was dug and potted up...
I never noticed there was a bonsai section on this forum...... the wonder that is koiphen! :woohoo I have been making and keeping bonsai for over 10 years, i will post some pics, but does any one know of a good bonsai place in the tri state area- closer to long island the better. I have been...
I spent last week in Chicago & had the opportunity to "kill a few birds w/one stone"
Check out new products for 2012 at the Independent Garden Center Show
Visit some old friends & acquaintances in the pond industry
Attend the 34th Annual Mid-America Bonsai Exhibit (hosted by the Midwest...
i just wanted help from people who could teach me on how to grow a bonsai tree of my own using a wild tree... there is not much information on bonsai tree growing here in Zambia... i would be delighted if someone would teach me on how to grow one :Happy:
I have ruined two Bonsai's so far and don't want to ruin any more......help! First one was a Golden Gate Ficus that we kept indoors and in bad lighting. Maybe not enough water or too much, I don't know.
I tried doing my own Bonsai with a shrub from the garden center, following YouTube and books,...
Is this a good deal? I just was at my local nursery and they had a bonsai plant and starter display, but just one tool, a branch cutter. It was a little more than this set, forgot to see where it was made.
These seem nice, made in Japan and I think they're reasonable, but Iv'e never bought them...
Tommorrow i'm off to do some prospecting on an 80 acre private lands in the cascades. the owner, is an avid koi person and is looking to get some bonsai to donate to the PNKCA convention next year. Our study group for bonsai will collect a few trees for ourselves and then donate one back to be used...
The following are a few snapshots of a magnificent collection of Chinese penjing (sort of like bonsai, but not technically to the purist) I took in Shanghai, China last week.
A collection of over 3000 specimens from miniatures to specimen as large as a small car, you'll notice that many tend to...
Is this a good deal? I just was at my local nursery and they had a bonsai plant and starter display, but just one tool, a branch cutter. It was a little more than this set, forgot to see where it was made.
These seem nice, made in Japan and I think they're reasonable, but Iv'e never bought...
Suiseki is the study of stones. the images they provoke to the viewer can be a simple mountain with waterfall to a look into the milky way. About 13 of the Puget Sound Club carpooled two and a half miles North of seattle to a tributary of the Skagit river.
We bascially wandered down a rocky river...
One of our club members is a wood worker and i have him now working on buiulding a stand for my mountain stone. I'll post a picture when he's done. saturday after next our group goes out again into eastern washington state to a small stream bed that has some different and unique stones. hopefully...
Like koi, having a national show has been a difficult thing due to the size of the country. Some trees went clear back to new york from seattle by truck
to be represented.
here is a brief video overview of the show i thought you all would enjoy
Since I've been so quiet on KP lately I thought I'd start a thread about a Cal juniper I just acquired. This little ( 24" tall ) guy has been in captivity for quite a while. It was collected in 98 and potted in 2004. I don't think it liked the altitude change much ( I'm right at 4000' ) as it's...
From the craigy mountain tops of van Couver island, british columbia, canada.
One lends itself toward a bunjin or literati style, the other more free form Myogi.
It will be awhile before i begin to work on them...or as they say today....involve them in a "make-over".:)
Just thought you'd...
I was looking on here and would like to get in the hobby.
Is there anyone in the DFW area that can point me in the right direction?
Just as the cool crisp air of fall mixes with the eager anticipation of ikeage (koi harvest)...so it is that one's heart soars at snow melt in the mountains.
A time to find a treasure, that mother nature has shaped and age as embelished.
The air is cool, the mountain steep, it's easy to get...
next monday, our study group, the yama-taki's will put on the program of tokonoma display. We practiced with different elements and thought you might want to see since you won't be at the meeting :)
I think the vast majority of those who see "Bansai" perceive them as tortured trees. Which is furthest from the truth. "Bone-sigh" which means plant in a pot, need to be watered and fertilized according to their need and health. A light dilution of fertilizer in water when watering once a week...
just a few things we worked on this afternoon besides the fun of socialization...:) The mountain scene was probably the best liked....
The Chelsea flkower and garden show is the biggest of it's kind in the U.K.
It has a big section of top Bonsai as an intregal part. I have a chum there, mark cooper, who's pine took a top award. It's quite the accomplishment.
the event is opened each year in ceremony by the Queen. thought you...
Mother's day weekend, the Weyerhauser bonsai collection will be open for visitors and we have been getting trees prepared like cracy. I'll be working on one of my trees so that visitors can ask questions during the event. I'll take my camera along and post some pics afterwards......
Slow going in the bonsai world right now so thought I'd show a pre-bonsai Trident Maple Group planting that I acquired this winter. Will post some pics. later after some work and a pot (if I can afford one that big:rolleyes:)
I'm posting this here hoping that since these are often used for bonsai that someone may be able to help me.
I have 4 small Japanese maples that I got last year and put in 5 gallon pots. They overwintered just fine and about a month ago, began to sprout new growth.
The two that have the most...
I am so excited to realize we have such an active local club!
the local bonsai club had it's tri-city show this last weekend and posted the picture son their web site.
thought you all might enjoy seeing them.
I finished up my display this year. This year new is a display of my unused pots stored below the display benches.
Almost like being there.....:)
First shot shows path to enter between green and black mondo grass.
last shot gives relative placement near the Koi Pond....which is the next...
I've had my name on a list to join this study group. No one ever leaves so i had forgotten, till I got a call to say come fill in for a person who can't make the group this one time.....
It's called Yamataki...mountain waterfall and is run by the Curator of Weyerhauser's Pacific Rim Collection,...
I went to thier meeting last week and this Saturday they had their yearly auction
I got an azalia to work on and a start from a lavender of some sort.
the book Bonsia Techniques 1., by John Yoshio Naka for 20 bucks.
and a pair of Japanesse trimmimng shears for ten .....it came with a tiny box...
about half of my quince you can see color, the other half is still forming buds.
The first photo is a favorite of mine because of the dark red. It was a gift from larry Gill AKCA Judge.
The second is my all time favorite-Chojubai-dwarf quince from japan red version
The third is a flo pink...
A friend of mine was down in California last weekend for a bonsai convention
and found a new color for chojubai. This sport is orange. The standard was always white or red, so i'm excited to get this little start of something different. It'll take a few years to get it big enough to take pictures...
my wife came home with a really cool pot she found in a flea market. she wants to try to put a juniper in it.it has no drain holes and she said she is going to put rocks in the bottom for drainage.
i thought it has to have drain holes,so figured i'd ask the experts.if it does need holes,can i...
But a certain KP individual with great skill made me a pot :yahoo: for one of my companion plants. :cool: I was so pleased i wanted to share it with you all. :cheer:
Today is so cold and rainy and windy that I thought I'd get something going
on the bonsai thread. I've been watching it for the past few weeks and no activity.
When i first started in Bonsai, everything had to be japanese ( kinda like my Koi ) but here lately I have fallen under the charm of...
I just bought four...
And she has 100% Positive feedback so you know she is an ethical eBay seller. :cool3:
I took a little field trip today, and here are some pictures of the trees I saw. Of course, I had to bring a few of them home with me!!
Started yesterday to sift my soil for satsuki's. Opened up a bag and found three sizes. Small, med and large. The larger size i lay on the bottom of the pot for drainage. The mid sized I use to repot the azalea, and the small is a top dressing.
My pine soil I use double red line akadama. I Sift...
I love the beauty of a professionally sculpted pot. It's funny in Japan, old chinese pots have thier reverence and are much sought after.
Here in the states, it is japanese pots that have that same regard.
I found this pot avilable for sale. The kiln it was fired in and the maker are long gone....
I got this quince from an quince expert bonsai here in San Jose, CA a few years back. This quince is a bout 18 years old. However, I've not get it to bloom like when I first got it. I've re-soiled it last spring and I use Miracle-growth fertilizer everytime I water it. Please let me...
There is such a thing... I was searching for this plant and saw it can be a bonsai :yahoo: I may have to try this
I want to get a tree from our local woods and have a go at making it a bonsai. It will be a pin oak probably. What should I do first, leave it where it is and cut the top etc, dig it up and pot it first or both.
Thanks in advance for you advice.
I took the camera as promised to the class with michael hagedorn.
Ate thai food at lunch and watched a CD on his teacher, Sinji Suzuki.
So the pictures tell the story. Quite a hair cut and it will be repotted next month in a new reder colored pot, a totally new angle and front, and this summer...
Am off today to Bonsai NW. We're doing a lot of repotting now. We accomplish ours earlier than those who do not keep thier trees in a greenhouse but are more exposed to the weather.
We're suppose to be hearing pretty soon that our soil order and bonsai pots are due in. Kinda like a Koi shipment,...
Am off here in a little bit to work on Trees in the Weyerhaeuser Pacific Rim
Display. It's an opportunity to keep the trees in great shape, get to know some other Bonsai Cracies, and build a rappore with david de Groot, the curator. So each Thursday the koi coach changes his hat over and works on...
Dug from the cascade Mountains in the late 80's.....counting growth rings
and over 200 years. Normal life expectancy is 300....... I'm gonna work on it in February of next year. It will be my oldest known bonsai....
Not much going on in the bonsai world right now so thought I'd show ya a recent tree that I'm trying to decide which direction to go with.
It's a Trident Maple about 10 inches tall, in good scale for trunk and branching, nebar not to bad (better when moss is removed).
As you can see in...
http://www.youtube.com/user/GrahamWPotter Some bonsai demo's from MR. Potter. Their very interesting and he's very good. Good editing too.
I'm having a difficult time finding some nice stands to display some bigger
bonsai on. Anyone out there know a source or someone handy making wooden furniture?:clap:
In the past our Bonsai club would feature an artist, have him or her work on a tree and then auction or raffle it off. The whole thing accomplished overnight.
But Bonsai is not a wham bam thank-you man thing. It's seeing the tree within and over the years developing it.
Our new program will...
My jet trail defoliaged and immediately started blooming. and we thought humans llooked forward to spring...:)
I was in Japan last month for the first time ever. Had the pleasure of going with a small group-- we are from the North Idaho Koi Keepers. Thanks to the friendship between Sharon Olson and Judy Linnebach with Toshio Sakai, we were able to visit his place in Osawa firsthand and enjoy his and his...
Monday, I take a class taught by one of the top teachers in America, afectionally known as "Boon".
I have chose the pine here in the pictures. I envision a cascade for this subject but it's two most dynamic branches run 180 degrees up the cascade branch and will be challeneged to correct thier...
and it's time to begin removing wires on your pines. This is the time of year after budset that all the remaining energy goes into swelling the limbs and causing wires to Bite in. now is also the time to place maples and other leafed trees from partial shade to full sun for production of fall...
The tree that never had to fight
for sun, and air and light
that stood out on the open plain
and always got it's share of rain
never became a forest king
but lived and died a scrubby thing.
The man who never had to toil
who never had to win his share
of sun and sky and light and air
this weekend and hope to visit with Ponderosa Pine author Larry Jackel. Will try and take some pics for posting here.
a friend of mine dug this in the mountains a year ago, he's culling his collection so it's coming home with me. I'm looking forward to working with it and getting it to break back so that i can begin to start training.
here's the other one I'm leaning away from...
any thoughts, comments :)
I hunted for months to find a pot made by Michael Hagedorn. he quit making them and went into teaching for the last 5-7 years. I found one of his pots in
AZ and asked him what he thought. said a good Wisteria would look good in it.
Not being a fan of wisteria as bonsai, I found a Quince (toy...
Attended the Mid-West bonsai clubs show in Chicago Sat.(8/15/09)
A good time was had. Lots of trees and lots of vendors. Here's a few of the trees in the show.
Green Buttonwood Bonsai....collected in the Florida everglades...rare
Doing well, specially this time of year. Pretty large specimen. I placed a peach as reference. My oldest Bonsai...Enjoy
A Casia type tree..........
is a red chojubai (dwarf) quince. Kinda hard to find and very slow growing. Found this one in Virginia at 35 years of age. have saved the pot for just such a find. When it blooms in february, the dark green foliage and bright red blooms will really be striking in the periwinkle pot. The wooden...
Not much traffic here so thought ya might like this newscast about a bonsai event.
A kind lady member of the Tucson bonsai club (Gay Lynn) gave one up she had. It's for a cascade which I need, so it will serve a practical and sentimental purpose. I used to think there were no folks like Koi people but Bonsai folks are right up there as well. :)
Nice to realize a quest.....
I have made arraingements to do some yamadori (wild grown bonsai) hunting in the cascade Mountains by permit.
I'll be in the 5.000 to 6,000 height range. Snow went out three weeks ago
but weather is still cool so may be still alright to dig. If not will note the spot and return this fall. Will...
on the monday thread yesterday after getting home after dark. Kinda of expected some comments. Did you check the previous thread?
I want to find some used michael hagedorn pots. He stopped making them 7-8 years ago when he lived in Oricle, Arizona. So I'm thinking folks there may have bought some. I've exhausted contacts here in the pacific NW. If you have some or know of anyone who does, please drop me a PM
But spent the day with Sensei michael hagedorn, who apprenticed under japanese master Suzuki for two years.
Learned some good stuff regarding pines that I thought might share for the few who work on bonsai.....
he divides them up into two groups....those that are "lowland" and those that are...
Like to look at bonsai? Check out this site. http://www.flowerpictures.net/bonsai/
Made it to the Chicago Botanical Gardens this weekend for Midwest Bonsai Spring Trade Show. Here's some pics., enjoy.
Thought I show ya a cork bark elm been working on a few years. Finally got it in a bonsai pot. The lowest branch on the left still needs some work, but its getting there I think.
a good time to clean up your deciduous tree from fallen leaves and check
for disease on the bare branches like scale.
It's time to begin taking inventory of the differnt kinds of soil you may need for spring repotting.
You can also go thru your tool box to clean,sharpen and oil.
Bonsai Technique for
Root over Rock
Initially when you view a completed bonsai in the root over rock style, it is difficult to believe that such a thing could exist in nature. But walks through the Cascade Mountains will quickly confirm that this does happen, and often enough to be easily...
Check out the one with the Juniper.
Went for a hike back in my woods, and found a few unique natural formations. Thought these might give somebody some inspiration to try something, so figured I'd share a few.
Check out the curve in this trunk. I would've loved to have witnessed the growth of this:
No tools required for...
for my parks and rec class on bonsai for the city. Numbers are down surprisingly from last year. Just a third signed up? Was trying to figure out
if The class was too close to easter (the day before) or is it the economy.
I hate trans planting something much later....
with michael hagedorn, who apprenticed under bonsai master suzuki in japan
for close to two years. Looking forward to being a good student....might help me with my class April 11th for the cities rec dept......
As I talk with Koi folks who are drawn to Bonsai, I am always surprised by the number of them, that imagine these trees to be stunted. Planted in rocky soil, no fertilizer, watered sparingly......like we'd do that to our koi to keep them small :)
Currently I am in the process of repotting my...
I kinda like the semi-cascade, don't chu?
I wanted something besides just another pretty Koi :D:
AT THE HEADQUARTERS OF WEYERHAEUSER IN FEDERAL WAY WASHINGTON IS CLOSING.
Sad to say the economy is such that the last day for the collection to be open to the public is april first.
The trees will be maintained by a limited staff until such time as the economy dictates a re-opening....
was visiting with bonsai folks and going over design possibilities with thier existing trees. They have a mountain ridge either side of their valley with lots of yamadori possibilities. They said after the koi banquet that they had to get the coach back again, only this time for a bonsai...
to style it by wiring. using copper wire and it's really so much better than
aluminum. The pic attached is what i started with. The after when i get er'
I think I shared that i have been attending a group study with peter adams.
Today I signed up for a class with michael hagedorn. As someone who professes to be a teacher, I also like being a student. I'm exciting about catching up on skills as there is so much to learn. Would love to be able to...
put out a DVD called finding the bonsai within. It features straggly looking ponderosa pines that turn out quite stunningly. My copy came yesterday with Koi nations in the mail, so was quite enjoyable. I picked up a coupla good points in wiring that was worth the $25.00 price for product and...
Today in seattle, Famous bonsai instructor "boon" was in town to instruct every 3 months his handfull of students. I got introduced and invited to sit in. WOW! did i learn alot. he told me if i shared any of it he would have to kill me. ( he did say that but jokeing of course.
will be for a native hemlock. I'm finding myself drawn to both domestic koi and American trees for bonsai.
but the consequences linger on....:) took the bonsai off the outside display boars and brough them inside into what i call me make-shift greenhouse. I kept them protected for several weeks during the cold and then got lazy as things got better temp wise......so just about all of my quinces are...
By Larry jackel, it's called Pondersona pine....and deals with it's capture ( yamadori) taming and care. I've seen some beautiful examples of this pine
that were dug from the wild but very few articles in all my magazines on caring for it. So I was tickled to find something in depth. Funny, with...
Slow time of year for bonsai stuff so thought I'd show a raft type tree (Hawthorn) that's a little different and caught my eye. It's not mine, but a bonsai by Harry Harrington, and from his bonsai site www.bonsai4me.com
love the pot
Michael Hagedorn, the schooling of an irreverent Bonsai monk
deals with michael's time in japan learning the ropes. Michael is 36, lives in portland oregon and is quite the teacher, insisting you do it the japanese way.
Several of my friends are his...
I got a Dawn Redwood for Christmas (Metasequoia Glyptostrobibes). The pot was shattered when it arrived and it took several weeks for the replacement pot to get here. When it finially got here I was so busy with holiday orders today is the first time I have had a chance to think about transplanting...
Need some winter bonsai reading (read fix:D: ) here a site with lots of gallery and progression pics./articles.
I'm looking for a starter tool kit for my wife. Looks like this is a hobby she's going to be sticking with for a while. Any suggestions?
I took these at the bonsai club meeting last weekend. The guy has over 200 bonsai.....very nice collection!!!
i've recently acquired a bonsai tree,a juniper.despite reading about care and following it,it's turning brownish yellow.what do you guys think?i would think water,but it's not that.
here's a few pix from brooklyn botanical gardens' bosai showcase..
Just got back from a week at Disneyland with the kids and our georgeous grandaughter. She had a ball so wee all had a blast as well. The kids left Fri and Kate and I stayed till Sat morning. On our way out we stopped at House of Bonsai and Chikugo-En bonsai nurseries. House of Bonsai is really a...
This is a shimpacu juniper I've had for a couple of growing seasons. I'm not real sure what I'm doing so the work has been very slow. If you ever get to a bonsai convention or see a workshop done by one of the " masters " they can do this in one day.
The first shot is the tree as I received it....
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