Monthly Archives: June 2014

Eight foot tall ficus trunk chop. How low can you go?

This, my friends……is day three. It was like seeing the tree from Gondor, of old. Majestic, ancient, noble. An eight foot tall bonsai. It’s name is Bigfoot. How do you do, Bigfoot sir? The tree is a ficus microcarpa (some … Continue reading

Posted in goings, rare finds, redesign, wiring | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Two familiar trees in a northern land.

I’ve lost count of the number of days I’ve been on my tour. But if it’s Wednesday, it has to be Dayton. I left the Kittle homestead midday (the next post, Darlene, I promise, will be on that magnificent eight … Continue reading

Posted in branch placement, goings, wiring | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Boulevard cypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera)

Day five of my Mid America trip had me scheduled with a demo in Dayton Ohio. Before I could leave, I had one tree I needed to finish in Ft. Wayne at the Kittle Homestead. It was a Chamaecyparis pisifera … Continue reading

Posted in branch placement, carving, rare finds, sculpture, wiring | Tagged , , , , , | 11 Comments

Mid America Bonsai Tour: Days Two and Four- Columbus and Ft. Wayne

Day two found me in London and having some serious zone envy. Sorry, London , Ohio. One word: Larch. My host Mike had these for sale (he’s having a big bonsai yard sale on Saturday June 21st) and I was … Continue reading

Posted in goings | Tagged , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Mid America Bonsai Club Tour: Day One-The Drive Up

DAY ONE: The long drive- Saturday morning 5 am, time to make the donuts….er, leave for Columbus Ohio. This next week I’ve scheduled a whirlwind bonsai teaching tour of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. They all wanted me to bring tree … Continue reading

Posted in goings | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Defoliating and shaping three big trident maples

Big trees and Florida summers don’t mix well. When it comes time to do some work on them, the trees are too heavy to carry into the shade if they’re in ceramic pots or, if they’re still in those big, … Continue reading

Posted in branch placement, updates, wiring | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

It’s willow leaf ficus appreciation week

It seems I have another tall ficus salicaria that needs some work. It’s another tree I got from Juan but I’m not sure if I can keep it tall. I’ll try but I’m not promising anything. The roots are bad … Continue reading

Posted in branch placement, rare finds, roots, wiring | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments