It is already March 2022 and the temperatures have once again been all over the place. Some trees are now in full Spring push mode, leaves and blossoms abound. Some repotting tasks still remain but night time temps in the upper 30s has slowed that some. First up is the new Buckeye to the collection.
This year I have been working these ficus trees a great deal. They have been cut back, up-potted, defoliated, and wired. Now it is time to reap the rewards. These trees all still need considerable work. Growing them in California can be challenging because of low humidity, dry burning sun, hard water. This year our
This little gem is a Trident Maple Shohin that has been in training for over 15 years. It has a powerful trunk and some nice roots that I am still working to develop. I could not resist taking this picture after a summer defoliation. The leaves are twice as small as they were during our
It is now summer of 2013 and our redwood is growing nicely. I must, during this time of year, pinch the fine light green leaves to keep the inter nodes short and the foliage compact. Below you can see how the tree has grown and some initial summer pruning.
Ficus after second trimming this year in preparation for the the SBBK (San Mateo) August club demo. Now after a few months of growth the tree is ultra full again awaiting its August demo.
My Diamyo Oak as presented at the 53rd Kusamura Bonsai Club Annual Show in April 2013. This is a legacy tree, meaning that it was purchased at auction in 2009 from the Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt (BGLM). The tree was started by acorn carried from Japan by a Pete Sugawara who was a member
This juniper was purchased two years ago. The apex was originally a heavy branch that extended out to the right. With the help of Kathy Shaner we wired that branch up with a twist to create a new dramatic apex. I am still working on creating foliage at the new apex and will work on
Update 4/25/13: Growing season has begun and I have already had to pinch back 3/4 of the length of each new leaf set. Trees are growing fast. I will be updating pictures very soon. Update 1/2013 Today we look at the winter condition of this redwood. It has been under development now for 3 years.
Welcome. Here we will explore the development of Bonsai through the years of styling. We will also see watercolor paintings develop and view some creative photography from my many travels.