Cedars? Hornbeams? What’s in a Name Anyway?

carpinus-coreanaGreat trunk, brilliant fall color, excellent pot and then there's the apex. This powerful old tree belongs to Wolfgang Putz. The pot is by Ingrid Kralovec. The tree is a Korean hornbeam. The botanical name is Carpinus turczaninowii, though you’ll sometimes see them referred to as Carpinus coreana.

Up to my old tricks. The photos shown here originally appeared in March 2013.  There’s more history involved, but we’ll leave it at that.

The two trees below are Thuja occidentalis, a tree that may have more common names than almost any other species on this planet… Continued below…

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Boreal Bonsai. This White cedar (Thuja occidentalis) belongs to Paul Chong of the Toronto Bonsai Society and the Lakeshore Bonsai blog. White cedars grace much of northern New England, though the best ones for bonsai are usually found further north and west in Ontario, along the escarpments and near the northern tree line, where sparse rocky soil and cold winds provide just the right degrees of difficulty for spectacular wild bonsai like this one.

Continued from above… Ten that you might stumble upon, are: Cedar, White cedar, Northern white cedar, Eastern white cedar, Atlantic white cedar, Swamp cedar, False white cedar, American arborvitae, Eastern arborvitae and just plain Arborvitae..

 

This White cedar seems like it’s getting ready to go somewhere. The Lakeshore Bonsai caption just says by David J. Nice tree anyway. 

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Shohin Shimpaku juniper. It looks like it could belong to Suthin, but there's no identification or attribution, so that's just a guess. If you know who it belongs to and you let me know, I'll make the correction if I'm wrong.

Thought you might like to know about the upcoming U.S. National Shohin Bonsai Exhibition. Bill Valavanis just posted this today, so it’s hot off the press.

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Flowering quince in rather distinctive little pot. Looks like it might be a Chojubai.

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A Steady Stream of Innovative Bonsai

robPSPremna serratifolia by Robert Steven. Aside from the immediate impact of the old wood with all the trunks popping up everywhere, there's the counter-balance provided by the sturdy little trunk on the far left. There's also that teetering trunk at the right hand tip of the planting that looks like its floating in space.

Getting ready to embark on the long flight from SF to Boston followed by the three plus hour drive to Vermont, so no time to put together a new post for you. However I did find one from our archives (April 2013) that I think you’ll like.

The beat goes on. If you take the time to go back through our 2,000 plus previous posts, you’ll find that Robert Steven appears more than any other bonsai artist. Beyond that, Robert is a business partner of sorts; we are the North American distributors of his Bonsai Aesthetics tools and wire.

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I like the relaxed way this raft is laid out on a mossy knoll. Reminds me of something I've stumbled upon hiking in the mountains somewhere. This and the other two photos shown here from Robert's facebook posts.

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These reoccurring Robert Steven posts are not an accident. Not only does Robert provide us with a steady stream of highly instructive critiques (send me a photo at wayne@stonelantern.com and he’ll do one for you), but even without those we’d still feature Robert as we consider him to be one of the most energetic and innovative bonsai artists in the world.

Plantings where old wood becomes a stand-in for rocky outcroppings and cliffs are one of Robert Steven’s specialties. I don’t know who originally pioneered this type of raft planting, but I do know that Robert has elevated the art.

 

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This highly unusual raft style planting, with its gnarled twisty protuberance and corresponding pot, is still fresh and needs some time to fill in. It's from the same facebook posting as the images above.

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Both the tree and the Green T turntable belong to Jean-Paul Polmans. His simple caption reads "I like the new turntable in my studio." And just in case you are new to this game, the tree is a Japanese beech.

 

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Chocolate Bonsai

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If you read Japanese, you might learn something about this and the other bonsai shown here. Otherwise, you can do what I do; simply enjoy these sweet little trees (and other plantings) and their equally sweet pots. All the photos shown here are from Pinterest.

If what many of us suspect is true, that the population of aging bonsai lovers is not being replaced in large enough numbers by younger enthusiasts, then we should be seeing increasing interest in smaller trees. Nevertheless, what we usually see online are larger, more dramatic trees.

I suppose this makes sense as drama sells and small trees tend to be less dramatic (though often more subtle). Anyway, here are some little ones that I like. A friend found them on Pintrest and clued me in. There is no English anywhere except for chocolatebon in the url. Thus Chocolate Bonsai.

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Close up of Dan Robinson's Mountain hemlock, taken on my cell at the Artisans Cup.

In SF now in the midst of another short family vacay, so to save precious time we’ll dig back to October 2015 at the Artisan’s Cup.

We featured Dan Robinson’s bonsai and digs a couple posts ago, so continuing in the same vein…

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The whole tree and most of its amazing driftwood stand. Also shot at the Artisans Cup, but this time when the lights were on (the exhibition room was almost completely dark, with only spotlights on each tree). This photo and several of the photos below are from facebook.

The following text is from October, 2015… Last weekend I finally had the pleasure of meeting Dan and Diane Robinson. It was at the Artisans Cup so I also had the pleasure of viewing and photographing Dan’s entry, the Mountain hemlock shown here (above and below).

We’ve been featuring Dan Robinson’s bonsai and we’ve been selling and enjoying Gnarly Branches, Ancient Trees for a long time (the second printing of Will Hiltz’ brilliant book about Dan and his trees just came out). Now that I’ve met Dan and actually seen one of his trees in person, it’s time to do it again.

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Looks like another Mountain hemlock.

 

B1GNARLYHORN1Korean hornbeam from Gnarly Branches, Ancient Trees. We could have picked any one of over a hundred trees as wild and beautiful as this one (the rich fall color doesn't hurt either).

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One of Dan’s many ancient Ponderosa pines. This photo was taken at Elandan Gardens by Jonas Dupuich (Bonsai Tonight).

 

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Freshly carved redwood.

 

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Photo and text from Elandan Garden's website.

 

dantree"Can't keep Dan out of the trees. He is carving on a Hollywood juniper he is using in the NWFlower and Garden show in Feb 2016. The theme is America the Beautiful." From facebook.

 

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Another Mountain hemlock. From Gnarly Branches, Ancient Trees.

 

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Alien Bonsai or Just Some Unusual Tropical Trees?

Richard-R.-Gomez-forest-AA-Kalyos-streblus-asperI've never seen a bonsai quite like this. It would be unusual even without that long joining root and those stubby trees in the back. With these almost alien features, it stands alone as an one-of-a-kind bonsai. It is also the only photo in this group (from bonsai4me) to give the artist's name (Richard R Gomez) and the type tree (Strebulus asper).

Yesterday I woke up in Vermont. Today it’s Colorado. I could call it a vacation, but here I am working again. I’ll make it easy on myself though, by resurrecting a post from August, 2015 (Stumbling Upon Some Strange & Wonderful Bonsai After Six Plus Years of Blissful Ignorance).

The original was lifted from our friend Harry Harrington. You can visit Harry’s bonsai4me gallery if you want to fill in some details. While talking about Harry, I’d like to encourage to you consider owning Harry’s Foundations of Bonsai, a unique book, with lot of useful information and photos you won’t find anywhere else.

 

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Philippine bonsai show (38)The shape and deadwood are a lot like what you see on a lot of contemporary temperate zone bonsai. But I'm pretty sure it's a tropical tree (the southern tip of the Philippines is just a little north of the equator). The same goes for the other trees shown here.

In addition to the photos, the following text is lifted from bonsai4me:
“The KPSB 2013 ‘Bonsai and Suiseki Exhibit and Competition’ was held March 2013 at SM City – Masinag in Antipolo City, Philippines. My express thanks go to Nolan Sison of the KPSB for allowing me to use these images. KPSB is the Association of Filipinos in the Art of Bonsa. Their parent club is the PBSI – Philippine Bonsai Society, Inc.”

 

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Here's another one that reminds me of a temperate zone tree. If it weren't for the leaves, you might think it's a particularly wild Rocky mountain juniper.

 

Philippine bonsai show (12)Strange and wonderful both apply here. And there's a story embedded in the trunk's swirls and holes.

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Aha. A tree I think I can identify. It's got to be a Ficus.

 

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Strange, wonderful and unique. This rugged two headed mountain monster is most definitely a one-of-a-kind bonsai.

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A simple tree growing out of an old half-decayed (and carved) stump.

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This rugged little tree with its earthy free-form pot, is not too strange, but certainly unique.

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Okay, you like strange bonsai? How about funny and maybe just a little scary bonsai? We'll let you project your own monsters.

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Nature & Human Artistry at their Most Brilliant

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Ancient pine, snow, a frozen pond and a blue water glimpse of Puget Sound. This and the other photos shown here are from Dan Robinson's Elandan Gardens.

Last year my friend and I spent a memorable afternoon wandering around Dan Robinson’s famous Elandan gardens and marveling at his magnificently rugged, extraordinarily unique bonsai collection.

If an amazing collection of bonsai isn’t enough, the trees are set in the perfect setting. A melding of a nature at its most brilliant and equally brilliant human artistry. All this on a grand scale that can only be partially appreciated with photos. Still, here are some very good ones to hold you until you get a chance to visit.

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There are some some great bonsai nurseries in this world, a few of which I’ve had the pleasure of visiting and many others that I hope to. I expect to have my mind blown by a multitude of magnificent bonsai and by this world’s natural wonders as well. But I’ll be very surprised if I ever see another grand bonsai collection in a setting quite as distinctive as Elandan Gardens.

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Here’s a quote I think you’ll like from Elandan’s website, “Leonardo da Vinci, Kubla Khan and Chinese philosopher Zhu Xi were each alive when some of the trees at Elandan Gardens took root. The collection, which includes trees more than 1000 years old, represents Dan’s 50+ years of dedication to the art of bonsai.

 

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Honeysuckle Bonsai – Before & After (& One Small Bonus)

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This massive old Honeysuckle belongs to our friend Andy Rutledge. Here's what Andy has to say about it, "The photo is not particularly well done, but I tried to make a decent backdrop. It's just after a bit of new-growth pinching this afternoon. It's a Lonicera (don’t know the species). It was collected by my teacher Nick Lenz a while back. Been in my care since 2010. It’s coming along."

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Before. Not too long after Andy got it from Nick Lenz. As you can see, Andy has done a lot with the branching and the apex. He has also moved it into another pot, changed the orientation a bit and opened up the view of the lower trunk, the tree's most outstanding feature.

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Here's your bonus shot. I don't remember where I found this photo or who it belongs to (or who the child and the tree belong to for that matter), but thought you might enjoy it. And maybe one of you can clue us in.

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Another happy Green T owner. The smiling face belongs to Massimo Paterniani, as do the magnificent Italian cypress bonsai and the powerful Green T turntable.

A Green T Turntable will change the way you work on you bonsai and enhance the results. And you’ll enjoy the journey.

We’re expecting our latest shipment of new Green T turntables this week, so I thought I might regale you with some beautiful Green T bonsai and a few happy Green T owners.

And by the way, we’ve got two models now. In addition to the Green T Basic model we now offer the New Green T Plus.

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This happy Green T owner is David Quintana Mendiguren. The tree is a Scot's pine and the beautiful turntable is of course, David's Green T.

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Four Kimura apprentices with bonsai and Green Ts.

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Edoardo Losio relaxing with his magnificent Yew and his Green T Plus.

 

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