24 Hours and Counting

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To my eye, this is not only a very sweet bonsai in the ordinary sense - dynamic, well balanced, robustly alive, with beautifully carved and not overdone deadwood, etc - but it is also fascinatingly unusual. All that knobby stuff piled up on the surface and crawling up the trunk like some sort of alien growth. I'm going to assume that it's living tissue that belongs to the tree - there's no sign of a living vein anywhere, so it must be. Our source - like so many sources - doesn't offer a type tree or an artist/owner. There was a time when I was loath to show trees without names and attribution, but trees like this are hard to pass up.

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Here's a strange one, with its crown floating over space off to the left and that strange fishhook underneath, and the entire trunk with all the crazy deadwood that's barely in relation to the crown, except that it seems to point that way (grammar anyone)? I seem to have temporarily lost my source for this photo. I think it's okay, they didn't say who their source is either

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BTW: I will continue to post while on vacation, though I’m thinking every other day instead of daily. Specials will come and go during that time, so stay alert!

Roots, Rocks & Summer Vacation

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I love this tree. The texture and movement as it flows over the rock is perfect, and the fine ramification (branching) is excellent. Nice pot too. The photo is from the 2017 Kokufu Exhibition. No variety is given (the majority of great Japanese root-over-rock bonsai are Trident maples, but the ramification seems too delicate for a Trident, so your guess is as good as mine)

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Keeping it simple again today, though this time with three trees. Like yesterday, they are from  Kokufu, Japan’s oldest and most famous bonsai exhibition and the photos are from Kazematsu Bonsai. All three are root-over-rock bonsai

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This closeup of the tree at the top provides a better look at the rock & roots

 

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Here's a rugged Trident maple with an unusual feature (the first person to tell me the name of the feature I'm thinking of will win a 10.00 gift certificate to Stone Lantern - email me at wayne@stonelantern.com... if I don't answer you, it means you're too late). In addition to the tree and the rock (and the unusual feature) I like the pot and the perfect placement of the planting

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This closeup reveals some very unique features

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This tenacious Trident has the rock firmly in its grip

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Deadwood & Flowers

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This rather spectacular Prunus mume (Japanese apricot) is from the 2017 Kokufu Exhibition. As you can see, there's deadwood galore - almost as if the whole tree is simply deadwood and flowers - but unlike some deadwood, it looks natural and to my eyes at least, not a bit overdone. Part of this is the naturally aged looking grey color and the way it blends with the bark and even the flowers. BTW, Prunus mume is one of the few deciduous trees that holds deadwood for a long time. Much like many conifers*

Keeping it simple today with just two trees. Both are from Kokufu – Japan’s oldest and most famous bonsai exhibition – and both are Prunus mume in full flower. I found the photos at Kazematsu Bonsai

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Another spectacular Mume. In addition to its dramatic shape, several other features stand out... the ancient looking bark (Mume bark up quite young so they often appear much older than they are), the handsome and very expensive looking pot and the lovely stand. And of course, the brilliant pink flowers

*All deadwood rots sooner or later, though some rots slower than others (most conifers rot slower than most deciduous trees). Periodic cleaning and application of lime sulfur (and sometimes other agents) slows the rotting process

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Full Cascade Before & After – Stone Lantern Summer Vacation

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Here's another routine maintenance before and after. As you can see, it's a monster cascading Juniper. Just how 'monster' we don't know, as there's no size given. Nor is there a variety (looks a lot like a Shimpaku juniper) or an artist/owner

Like yesterday’s post, this one is from BonsaiBaison. It’s part of a their series on before and after bonsai with high quality mature trees

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After. That's a pretty long cascading branch. A long ways from the roots and no mean feat to keep the lower reaches healthy. Like yesterday, it's clear that the artist is highly skilled. BTW I can't help wondering how much the magnificent massive pot cost.

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Before. Overgrown just a tad

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After, closeup. As you can see, the work was all about removing excessive foliage and wiring

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Before & After – a Remarkably Unusual & Beautiful Bonsai

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After. I'm going to guess that this distinctive tree is a Shimpaku juniper. No variety or artist/owner is mentioned by our source (below). I picked it because it is so remarkably unusual and beautiful. My only question is... is it unbalanced with the mass of the tree floating in space way off to the right? Another way of saying this might be... is the visual weight of the pot enough to counterbalance the strong bias of the tree to right?
I found this unusual tree at Thanun BonsaiBaison. It’s another piece of our current before and after series. Nothing much was done to the basic structure (major bones) of the tree. The transformation all takes place in the crown and the cascading branches. This work was clearly done by someone with advanced bonsai skills.
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Before. Same bones but a crown and cascading section clearly in need of some help. What's that funny piece of deadwood (a little washed out in this photo) between the trunk and lip of the pot?

 

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A closer look at the tree's bones and the restyled crown and cascading branches

 

baisonafterCUHere's a closeup of that aforementioned piece of deadwood. Is it part of the tree, or is it a piece of wood wedged in there to push the trunk away from pot?

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Monster Demo Bonsai on a Monster Hydraulic Turntable

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That's famous bonsai master, Kunio Kobayashi on the right, getting ready to tackle his monster demo tree. And yes, that's a Green T Professional Hydraulic Lift Bonsai Turntable gamely holding the behemoth up. The after shot is below

It’s Saturday, a good day to catch up mowing, weeding and trimming outside. Not bonsai (who mows bonsai?) but just our landscape gardens. Anyway, to save time, we’ll resurrect this post from a couple months ago. It’s a bit of an infomercial for our popular Green T Professional Hydraulic Lift Turntables, but the photos are still very good.

Time to pay another visit to the recent World Bonsai Convention. This time it’s about the demonstrators, their demo trees and the heavy lifting, omnipresent Green T Professional Hydraulic Lift Turntables – the quiet stars of the show.

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gtomachiIsao Omachi, his just finished demo tree with a Green T

 

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Akiyama Minoru, his demo tree and of course, another Green T

 

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After. Kunio Kobayashi's monster pine from above. Still perched on its Green T

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Rising to the Challenge – Another Before & After Bonsai

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This radical before and after Sargent's Juniper (Juniperus sargenti, aka Shimpaku) required technical and artistic skills you don't see everyday. The artist is Salatore Liporace

Staying with our before & after theme. This one is from our archives (August, 2014).  It was titled Technical Skills, Great Vision & An Unsolved Mystery. The artist is Salvatore Liporace. My assumption at the time about the type tree was mistaken, so to avoid confusion, I’ve eliminated much of the text from the original post. 

This is an excellent example of a before and after bonsai. The before is full of challenges and promise (good stock is half the battle) and when you look at the after, it’s obvious that the artist (Salvatore Liporace) has done a masterful job of rising to the challenge.

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After. It's not in a bonsai pot yet, but in this case, who cares? You might notice the exceptionally strong and vividly colored living vein that contrasts well with the deadwood. This is the type of distinguishing feature that sets a great bonsai apart from an ordinary bonsai

 

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Before. There are no branches on the left side. If you look at the after photo it looks like there are three branches and part of the apex on the left side. The requires good vision and a bit of wire wizardry. Or, perhaps grafting is the explanation, but my best guess is it was all done with wire. Either way, the technical skills and vision that accomplished all this are undeniable

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Before & After – Same Artist, Another Bonsai

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The striking results you see here involve the eye of an artist and the skill of a professional. In this case, Manuel Germade is both the artist and the professional. There's no mention of the type tree and I won't guess. The caption reads  "Manuel Germade Bonsai Maintenance - Rocco Cicciarello (Italy)" I cropped the before photo to eliminate distracting background clutter (see below)

Picking up where we left off with another before and after by Manuel Germade. Like yesterday’s post, Manuel takes on an already well established bonsai that has become overgrown. Also like yesterday, the process involves both ordinary maintenance and an upgrading of the quality of the tree.

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After. The planting angle has changed and a repotting is in the future

 

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Close up of the deadwood

 

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Before. With clutter (aka background noise). The foliage, especially on the lower left, looks a lot like spruce

 

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Manuel doing what he does so well. Like yesterday, I was surprised to see just how large the tree is. For more before and afters and other gems, you can visit Manuel on facebook and on Yamabonsai

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Before & After – Maintaining & Upgrading Quality Bonsai

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This high quality bonsai provides an excellent example of a before and after, when the before is already a well established tree. The tree belongs to Yannik Kiggen (coincidentally, we just did a first time post on Yannick last month). The artist is Manuel Germade, another first timer here on Bark. Though the variety isn't mentioned, it looks like a lot like a Yew (Taxus)

Back to before and after. This time the tree is an already a well established bonsai, while the artist Manuel Germade, though perhaps also already well established, is new to us.

Though there are many different types of before and afters, maintaining, upgrading and otherwise refining an already impressive, but overgrown tree, is quite common. After all, few serious bonsai growers can keep all their trees in tip top condition year round. Besides, for health and other good reasons, it’s necessary to simply let trees grow sometimes

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Impressive results. Both basic maintenance and a upgrade in quality have been accomplished

 

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Now the power and the details of the trunk have been exposed and enhanced

 

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Manuel Germade at work. I'll bet the the tree is a little bigger than you thought. For more before and afters and other gems, you can visit Manuel on facebook and on Yamabonsai

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Dance, People, Bird & Other Innovative Bonsai

G4Selecting a lead tree isn't always easy. Especially with so many good bonsai to choose from. I settled on this one partly because it's a full cascade and good full cascade bonsai aren't that common, and partly because of the tree's overall relaxed feel; the unusual way the foliage seems draped across the top and just how loose all the foliage hangs. Not to say that its wild shape and extraordinary deadwood aren't enough to make this tree worthy. But then most of Gede Merte's bonsai show wild shapes and extraordinary deadwood. The tree is Pemphis acidula. A common plant in Indonesia.

Yesterday’s post featured several tropical bonsai from Indonesia, including one  from Gede merta (Bonsai Bali), a highly innovative Indonesian bonsai artist. This post is from our archives. April, 2015, and is devoted to his bonsai.
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Another extraordinary Pemphis acidula

If you’ve been paying attention you can’t help but notice that something is afoot is Southeast Asia. In this case it’s Indonesia, which seems to be leading a revolution in collected Tropical bonsai. One of the key figures in this revolution is Gede merta (Bonsai Bali), a bonsai artist with a distinctive easily recognized touch. All the trees in this post are his (from facebook)


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And yet another. Gede Merta's caption says 'theme: bird'

 

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This makes four Pemphis acidula in a row. The theme is 'dance'

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Aha. A non-Phempis. The caption says Hokian tea. A more common name might be Fukien tea.

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Finally, another Pemphis acidula. The theme is 'People' Is this because we grow up the first part of our life and then down after that?

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