The year started off with a bang. Temperatures and rainfall was the biggest surprise, and a welcome one indeed. Also, I was honored by Bonsai Empire by getting a spotlight on my work: https://www.facebook.com/bonsaiempire/ or their external site: https://www.bonsaiempire.com/ The posts were shared on their Instagram site Excerpted from their site: Bonsai Empire We celebrate
As Christmas approaches, the rains have come to California in force. It has not rained so much in years here and we are starting to make up ground in the drought. The bonsai love it. I see buds setting on so many different species; that is a little disconcerting, as the coldest time of year
Winter is here even though you cannot tell by the temperatures. Only the lack of sunlight and evenings in the mid 40s are the visible signs. Work will soon change to repotting trees and do I have some big changes coming in late winter. Some of my show trees will get new bigger pots to
It is already late Fall and I am behind at my blog. I have so many beautiful images and updates to share. For now I will just show a few of my favorite Fall photos from my garden.
August is always a weird month for bonsai. Trees are tired, Most have completed their growth process and just sit there. Well, not quiet but you know what I mean. Too late for some actions and too early for others. So I sit back and watch, refine tropical trees, build the last of the cuttings
This morning I awoke and had my mind set on re-potting some of my tropical trees in new pots that I acquired from auctions this year. A few of the pots were made by Iana Glushach. I love her style of pot and I have been working to collect a select few from the Facebook.
Sometimes when you have a dense collection of trees you miss a repotting year on year. Today I had one of those embarrassing moments when I looked down on a recently rotated collection of trees to find my neglected cork oak. It was cramped in amongst olives I was preparing for a demonstration later this
We bonsai folk know how important it is to rotate your collection to ensure that sun and air exposure is balanced for growth and development. Today was one of those days I approached the benches with the intent to change locations, turn trees, and clean up trees needing some refinement. My Daiymo Oak needed more
Today I moved a lot of trees; bring them up from the bottom benches where many were dormant for the winter and up into the bright sunlight top shelf. It gave me an opportunity to clean up and enjoy their new buds. Since the Winter was so warm may popped new growth last week in
It is hard to believe that March is nearly run its course. It has been a crazy month with health issue for me and for my trees. COVID shots are 1 down and 1 to go so that is a thing and I am overjoyed about it. The removal of a major stress point and