New Green T Bonsai Gallery

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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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Green T Basic works for most people, especially with larger trees. But if you work on smaller trees, or like to work standing up, then there's the New Green T Plus.

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

Mirai Live Launch Party Tonight

cpspruce3cuWhat better way to start our Mirai Live post than by introducing you to one of our all-time favorite bonsai shots? It's a Colorado spruce from Ryan Neil's Bonsai Mirai. You can see the whole tree below.

Tonight is the big night for Ryan’s Neil’s Mirai Live… “a revolutionary online teaching platform where enthusiasts can access a lifetime’s worth of bonsai knowledge and engage in real time with bonsai professional Ryan Neil and artists from around the world.

If Ryan’s other ventures are any indication (The ground breaking Artisans Cup and his astounding bonsai nursery come to mind), then Mirai Live will be another significant step in our North American and world bonsai adventure.

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AmBonfacebookJust in case you don't know Ryan Neil... This photo is from a show at the Portland Japanese Garden titled American Bonsai, The Unbridled Art of Ryan Neil.

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Ryan1"In Japan, I'm sure they would say this is not bonsai and cut this very long branch off," says (Ryan) Neil. "But when I purchased this piece of material (Ponderosa pine), the only thing I could think is: man, how could you take this wild, undulating branch that — although it may sit outside of the dimensions of what the Japanese model says makes a bonsai — you cut that off and you lose the soul of the tree. So I think what makes the American style special is preserving the wildness and resisting the temptation to domesticate it." From Think out loud, Oregon Public Broadcasting.

 

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cbspruce3Here's that Colorado spruce from above. Another yamadori masterpiece.

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Your Chance for a Golden Bonsai Opportunity

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This Rocky mountain juniper is another example of Michael Hagedorn's considerable bonsai skills.*

This post is to unreservedly and enthusiastically encourage you to sign up for Michael Hagedorn’s online Bonsai Fundamentals Course.

Here’s a teaser from the host of the course, Bonsai Empire: “Bonsai Fundamentals is an online tutorial offering unique insights into the fundamental concepts of Bonsai design and techniques. It provides important but often neglected instruction of plant-physiology and Japanese aesthetics, deepening your understanding of the living art of Bonsai. Available from March 11th.

If you know Michael Hagedorn you don’t need any more encouragement. If you don’t know him, what better way to remedy the situation than to take advantage of this golden opportunity to study with one of the very best? And from the comforts of home, no less.

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BFThis striking shot was lifted from Bonsai Empire's video on Bonsai Fundamentals, an upcoming course by Michael Hagedorn.

 

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Michael Hagedorn's Mountain Hemlock (Tsuga mertensiana), winner of the Finest Evergreen Bonsai at the recent 5 U.S. National Bonsai Exhibition.

 

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Another shot from the video

Here’s a quote from someone who studied with Michael… “Michael Hagedorn is a friendly and kind teacher with a contagious sense of humor that you will not soon forget. Another good reason to take his Bonsai Fundamentals Course.”

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Your instructor Michael Hagedorn,
a Bonsai professional who apprenticed under
Bonsai Master Shinji Suzuki in Obuse, Japan

*Michael’s caption for the tree at the top of the post… “This juniper has been growing in my backyard for a year. It’s a client tree, another of the great native yamadori that was collected by Randy Knight of Oregon Bonsai.

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Dan & Roy – Picasso & a Bonsai Grafting Master

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Roy Nagatoshi grafted the Shimpaku foliage onto this masterpiece 700 year old yamadori California juniper that Dan Robinson collected and continues to grow and develop (provided Dan still owns it). You can find a lot more about this and dozens of other ancient masterpieces in Gnarly Branches, Ancient Trees, Will Hiltz wonderful book about Dan (the Picasso of bonsai) and his on going love affair with bonsai and nature.

This post started out to be about the bonsai and grafting skills of Roy Nagatoshi (here’s a good example of Roy’s work from a 2014 Bark post). But somewhere along the way I rediscovered the truly remarkable photo above and couldn’t resist leading with it. Though the tree belongs to Dan Robinson, Roy and his expert hand and eye played their part.

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Roy Nagatoshi's California juniper at the Nam Pu Kai Bonsai Club show. Photo by Keith Martin.

 

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A massive old Pomegranate from Roy Nagatoshi's nursery. This photo and one immediately below were borrowed from Capital Bonsai.

 

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Close up of the same tree. Those are human fingers lower left.

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Roy enjoying himself. This photo is also by Keith Martin. Here's his caption: "Sensei Roy Nagatoshi styles my shimpaku juniper"

 

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Bonsai Aficionados, Artists & Visionaries…

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I love this powerful old mountain monarch with it's massive swirling deadwood and undeniable sense of great age. It's a Rocky mountain juniper that I lifted from Ryan Neil's Bonsai Mirai. One of dozens of equally impressive North American bonsai in Ryan's collection.

The title of this post, Bonsai Aficionados, Artists & Visionaries… is borrowed from Mirai Live, “a revolutionary online teaching platform where enthusiasts can access a lifetime’s worth of bonsai knowledge and engage in real time with bonsai professional Ryan Neil and artists from around the world.

I won’t say much more in this post about Mirai Live, except that it sounds exciting and if Ryan’s other ventures are any indication (The Artisans Cup and his astounding bonsai nursery come to mind), then Mirai Live will be another significant step in our North American and world bonsai adventure.

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Two Colorful Little Trees & Three NEW Sales

roymainNo identification or attribution is given with this sweet little tree, but it's got to be a Crab apple. The artist shall remain a mystery for now.

I started the day with the intention of doing something on Roy Nagatoshi, until I realized that I’d have to do more research than there’s time for today. So we’ll save Roy for another day (soon). Meanwhile, here are a couple shots that caught my eye. Both were put up on on Roy’s facebook feed by Carol Goehausen.

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This one, which also looks like it might be an Apple, is originally from Bonsai Colmenar.

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One Tree, Seven Pots – Which One Would You Choose?

potsSeven pots for one Chinese cork bark elm (the seventh pot is below - it didn't fit that well in the photo). Which one would you choose? 

Most of this post was borrowed from our archives (January, 2014). At that time the choices you see were presented as a contest. Now we’ll dispense with the contest and just show the photos and let you choose if you please. If you would like to post your comments, visit Bonsai Bark on facebook.

All the photos shown here belong to Boon Manakitivipart (aka Bonsai Boon), our source for almost all of our Which Pot? posts.

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The original photo with the 7th pot

 

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Our thanks to Boon Manakitivipart who went to the trouble to create, photograph and put these pot-tree combination up on facebook.

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You don't see cascading Azalea bonsai all that often. This flowing full flowering favorite (sorry about that) is by Teunis Jan Klein. Speaking of Azaleas, we just put up our new Kanuma azalea bonsai soil

I’m in the process of putting up some new bonsai soil that just arrived. So far the Akadama is up with more to follow. Anyway, it’s spring, our busiest season, in much of the U.S. now. So we’re swamped and need to keep moving. Still. I try to post every day and here’s my quick and easy one for today.

All the photos shown here are from a post by Bonsai Empire titled Bonsai in Full Bloom.

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Prunus mume (Japanese Apricot). Photo by Michael Bonsai

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Azalea Bonsai in full bloom, by Makoto Tsuji


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Wisteria bonsai in full bloom by Heike van Gunst

 

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Powerful Shari, Brilliant Pot & Upside Down Maple

taxusThis old Taxus Baccata (English yew) is dominated by its powerful shari (trunk deadwood) The artist is Stefano Frisoni of Italy.

On the road again today, so we’ll take the easy way out. The photos shown here are from a post we did in December, 2015.

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pot8Nice tree. Brilliant pot!  Eleven years from stump by Mario Komsta (a regular here on Bark). It's a Silverberry (Elaeagnus).

 

This Shimpaku planting on a slab by Mariusz Folda was exhibited at Noelanders Trophy in 2013. Though it's hard to tell for sure, my guess is that this is two separate trees, rather than a twin-trunked bonsai. In any case, I like the way the trunks complement each other with their similar deadwood and live veins. I also like the way the crowns have been opened up just a bit (rather than the perfectly full and smooth look you sometimes see on Shimpaku), though I wouldn't mind seeing them opened up a bit more so you could see a little more of the branching.

 

I haven't seen that many real Myrtle bonsai and of the ones I have seen, this one that belongs to Mauro Stemberger is by far the most impressive. Though the flowers aren't necessary to appreciate the tree, they add a nice touch.

 

Upside down bonsai. This Japanese maple and Mondo grass planting turned up in Bonsai Empire's facebook photos with this caption: Very original display of a Japanese Maple by Bill Valavanis! Pot and ceramic root stand by Dale Cochoy.

 

Calligraphy & the Origins of Bonsai

mradCalligraphy anyone? I don't know if calligraphy was on Mario Komsta's mind when he styled this remarkable tree. I do know that there was a time when bonsai that looked like calligraphy was popular and that many scholars agree that bonsai was, in part at least, inspired by the calligraphy of the old Chinese masters. This is especially true of literati style bonsai (bunjin in Japanese). 

Headed out of town this morning, so we’ll make this quick and easy.  This post originally appeared here on Bark in 2013. I started out to continue our Hornbeam series, but got distracted by the Juniper above (there is a very familiar Hornbeam below however).

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wDaveA break with convention? You don't see that many bunjin with such dense foliage.

 

wDave-GabasaThough no size is given, but judging by the leaves, I'd say this little Chinese elm qualifies as a shohin.

 

m11We've shown this muscular little hornbeam more than once (including a couple days ago), but it's always worth another look.