Monthly Archives: September 2018

Bonsai on Elm Street

It’s actually the corner of Randolph and Wallace, but that’s not very euphonious. It is an elm tree. A Chinese elm, for clarification, Ulmus parviflora, which means “small flowered elm”. It is a species from East Asia including China and … Continue reading

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Return of the cracked pot friendship tree

Again, here I sit, waiting for the kids to be released from prison… uh, school. People ask me why I work on my bonsai so much here. I guess I could just take a nap or read a book but, … Continue reading

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Lowering a branch on an historical bonsai

Man I’m getting around a lot here recently. I’m literally living a “Have bonsai, will travel ” lifestyle on the blog. Today, as I work on a Brazilian Raintree (which you’ll see in the next post or so), I’m at … Continue reading

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Face-hugger or Swoosh? You decide

Hmmmmmmnnnn…… Inner-est-ing. In case you haven’t figured it out yet, I like to work with non-traditional shapes very often in my art. This is not the first time you have seen this tree…..……nor shall it be the last (….back back, … Continue reading

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Carving and wiring: a tale of a bougainvillea, a Ficus, glass and sawdust.

Tree number one: Bougainvillea. Needs repotting, wiring…. ……and some carving. The nubs above….. …..and above….. …..and above…… But below, we have a willow leaf in need of some bondage. There is, amazingly, a YouTube video on this tree here I … Continue reading

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You’ll never guess who I got this ficus from!

Seriously, unless you’re an avid reader of the blog there’s no way you could guess who I got the tree from. Here it was in its first appearance. Which was several years ago. And now, today (after a quick defoliation). … Continue reading

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