An Embarrassing Possibility, Wiring All the Way Out to the Tips, Bill’s Japan Bonsai Tours & The Moss Myth

Akamatsu (aka Japanese red pine). I’m usually loath to lead off with an unattributed tree, but just couldn’t resist this one. It turned up here. No word on who the artist is (this often seems to be the nature of the facebook beast), though I think I’ve seen it before (I wonder if we’ve already featured it on this blog; always a somewhat embarrassing possibility).   Want to improve the quality of your bonsai? Try wiring all the way out to the tips of the smallest branches. You’ll be astounded by the results. Now in stock. Our largest shipment ever … Continue reading An Embarrassing Possibility, Wiring All the Way Out to the Tips, Bill’s Japan Bonsai Tours & The Moss Myth

Enter & Win, Imagine & Create, Visit Stone Lantern & Save

Goshin by John Yoshio Naka. This famous tree resides at the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum in Washington DC. Photos will never do it justice. It is huge (about 1 meter tall – just over 3 feet) and is so dramatic in person that it almost seems to vibrate with power. Goshin is featured in Timeless Trees by Peter and Mary Bloomer. It also appears on the cover of Bonsai Today issue 93, an issue that features a tribute to the life and works of John Naka (The John Naka Sketchbook is on sale here). Enter & win Or at … Continue reading Enter & Win, Imagine & Create, Visit Stone Lantern & Save

Explore the World of Bonsai, Humidity & Heat, Columbus Is Still in Ohio & A Very Large Bonsai Tree

This photo is from Explore the World of Bonsai, a special feature offered on the National Bonsai Foundation website. Check it out, it’s well worth a look, especially for those of us still becoming acquainted with the art of bonsai (that pretty much covers us all).   Giant bonsai in a very large box. This turned up on Ruddy Valentino d’Augusto’s facebook page. It’s titled Amazing Bonsai Garden. I’ve seen other gargantuan bonsai, but this one may be the most impressive yet.   This fluid Japanese maple is one of a whole series of great trees featured on Yoshimoto Ishizuka’s … Continue reading Explore the World of Bonsai, Humidity & Heat, Columbus Is Still in Ohio & A Very Large Bonsai Tree

Celebrating 30 Years of Bonsai

All the drawings in this post are by Hoichi Kurisu, Master Garden Designer and accomplished illustrator. Thirty years of dedicated service Hats off to the dedicated folks at the the National Bonsai Foundation on its thirtieth anniversary.  Just in case you haven’t been paying attention, the NBF is a nonprofit organization established in 1982 to sustain the U.S. National Bonsai & Penjing Museum. Did you know that you can join the NBF? You can help promote, sustain and expand one of our true national treasures (for as little as $35 a year). Go ahead and let us know you did … Continue reading Celebrating 30 Years of Bonsai

Wiki Bonsai

The back? Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about this tree: “A Dwarf Japanese Juniper (Juniperus procumbens ‘Nana’) bonsai on display at the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum at the United States National Arboretum. According to the tree’s display placard, it has been in training since 1975. It was donated by Thomas Tecza. This is the “back” of the tree.” This explanation begs at least two questions: why isn’t this view the front (you can scroll all the way down to see the front and decide for yourself)? and, is this a phoenix graft (isn’t the trunk way too massive … Continue reading Wiki Bonsai

World Bonsai Day, Fuji Bonsai & Putting on the Glitz

If it weren’t for the three fingers at the bottom, there’d be no way to tell just how massive this Pomegranate trunk is. It’s from Fuji Bonsai (Roy Nagatoshi’s nursery) via Capital Bonsai, the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum‘s excellent blog. You can see the whole tree below. Better late… Looks like World Bonsai Day almost got away from me. It’s tomorrow and the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum is hosting an open house in its honor. My apologies to you and the good people at the National Arboretum for not putting this up sooner. The Glitz The good news … Continue reading World Bonsai Day, Fuji Bonsai & Putting on the Glitz

Capital Bonsai – Undressed Elegance

Chinese Elms, Ulmus parvifolia. In training since 1901. This remarkable bonsai was donated to the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum by Yee-sun Wu. This and the other photos in this post are from Capital Bonsai, the NB&P Museum’s excellent new blog. Sheer elegance Somehow I missed the December 21st post at Capital Bonsai. It titled ‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year.’ Though the song doesn’t do that much for me, the sheer elegance of the leafless trees in the post most certainly do. And though winter is over, or nearly over, for most of us, it was -8F … Continue reading Capital Bonsai – Undressed Elegance

Weeky Wire: World Bonsai Day, Free Bonsai Wire, Kokufu, Boon’s Tips & Much More

Who could ask for more? It wasn’t too long ago we led off a Weekly Wire with a Gedemerta Bonsaibali tree. Now, we’ve gone and done it again. I’m guessing you can see why. Aside from the wildly expressive deadwood, the well-aged textured beauty of the bark, the trunk’s powerful base and perfect taper, the tree’s radiant health, the near perfect play between balance and movement; the photo is also very well done. Who could ask for more?   FREE! FREE WIRE, SCISSORS, TOOL CLEANING BLOCKS & CUT PASTE WHEN YOU ORDER FROM STONE LANTERN… …but only if you enter … Continue reading Weeky Wire: World Bonsai Day, Free Bonsai Wire, Kokufu, Boon’s Tips & Much More

Capital Bonsai

Changing color for over 100 years. Japanese Elm (Zelkova serratta), in training since 1896, donated by Yoshibumi Itoigawa. From Capital Bonsai, the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum‘s new blog. Beautiful trees, beautiful blog Our friends at the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum have a great new blog (Capital Bonsai) that we’re excited about. So far (two posts in) it features some of their world-class bonsai in their fall finest (Autumn Bonsai), and a story about Yugi Yoshimura and the Museum’s first bonsai that features some wonderful old photos. We’ve got a small taste here to whet your appetite; there’s plenty … Continue reading Capital Bonsai

Bonsai Bark Weekly Wire

I’m in San Francisco for a few days, so why not lead with the Bonsai Society of San Francisco? I’ve perused plenty of bonsai society websites and the BSSF’s is, without a doubt, one of the most informative and complete. In conjunction with the site, they also have a monthly newsletter; Fog City Bonsai.   This amazing tree is one of many world-class bonsai at the Shinpukuji Temple bonsai museum. It’s from Boon Manakitivipart’s excellent Japan adventure. You can enjoy more photos from Boon’s trip and much more at Bonsai Tonight. Bonsai Apprenticeship minus the suffering From Peter Tea’s blog: … Continue reading Bonsai Bark Weekly Wire