This wild, Wild apple, appears on the back cover and in the chapter titled ‘Wild Apple’ in Bonsai from the Wild.
A confession and a little insignificant history
I’ve never met Nick Lenz. I don’t think we’ve even talked on the phone. Andy Rutledge (a student of Nick’s who’s been featured on Bonsai Bark) introduced us via email years ago because he thought we’d enjoy each other (we share certain unrelated-to-bonsai views). The upshot was a flurry of emails and finally, a decision to reprint an enhanced version of Nick’s now famous book, Bonsai from the Wild.
So what’s the secret?
It’s no secret that Nick Lenz is a brilliant, innovative and sometimes eccentric bonsai artist. It’s also not much of a secret that Nick is a genuine treasure of bonsai and horticultural knowledge and wisdom (though the extent to which this is true, might surprise you). The secret is, that, in addition to being all of the above, Nick can write. Bonsai artists with Nick’s skill and knowledge are rare, and ones that can also write are even more rare (most people have trouble putting their thoughts onto a page; even otherwise very talented people).
The so what? is, that Nick’s book is full of fascinating (and eminently useful) bonsai and plant wisdom. If you haven’t read it, maybe you should. Especially if you are interested in collecting and growing any of the following types of bonsai (or any bonsai for that matter): Larch, White cedar, Ground juniper, Field juniper, Rocky mountain juniper, Pitch pine, Wild apple, Honeysuckle, Blueberry, Eastern red cedar, Ponderosa pine, Spruce, Hawthorn, Hornbeam, Leatherwood, Hemlock, White pine, Bittersweet vine, Boston ivy, Wild grape, Poison ivy!, Birch, and a Mystery tree. There’s a chapter on each.
That’s a ceramic tank bogged down in this old larch forest. A remnant of a WW2 battle somewhere in northern Europe? I imagine that Nick made the tank (he’s a ceramic artist as well as bonsai artist), but I don’t know for sure.