Category Archives: branch placement

A bouganvillea for the New Year

  I’ve been traveling pretty hard so far this year. In fact, if my calculations are correct, it could be said that I’ve been gone from home for almost half of the year already. I know, right? If I’m gone much … Continue reading

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Premna bonsai 

Ok, let’s get into some trouble.   This is a premna microphylla, or is it? That’s what we are calling it in the tropical bonsai world. And, even though I’m not one to buck conventional wisdom, I’m afraid I must (for … Continue reading

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The social media ficus or, what a turkey!

If you follow my social media escapades, you’ll have seen this tree recently:    Weird and wacky, isn’t it? It’s a ficus microcarpa var. crassifolia “green mound” although most people still call it a green island ficus (it seems like … Continue reading

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Bonsai Noodle Soup

I warned you.  Here it is.   The soup post. Well….with a few junipers thrown in, but there’s definitely soup. Chicken noodle soup to be precise.  First, let’s start with the tree.     A juniperus chinensis “something or other”. … Continue reading

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First styling of a Blackjack Oak yamadori 

It’s been two years, at least, since I collected this tree. That should be enough time for it to have gained strength. I’m still not going to be too rough on it though.    It was tough to identify this … Continue reading

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Just a’buildin’ some trees 

That’s a lot of bush.     Just by looking at it I’m getting tired.  I need a rest already. I’m getting too old to be able to handle a bush like that, really.    But, as the song says, … Continue reading

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One years growth on an Orange Jasmine 

Whoops! They almost got me that time.     It seems that the wasps have been invading the nursery of late. I’ve been stung, Johnathan and my son Logan too. And they’re not those big, slow, calm ones (that my idiot … Continue reading

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