Category Archives: Horticulture and growing

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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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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It sometimes seems like I have a Brazilian Raintrees

I’ve made it my mission this year to get some of my bigger trees into training pots. I have way too many project trees and not enough time. And I haven’t shown most of them, like the hornbeam and hackberry … Continue reading

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It’s been almost five years and I miss you my friend

Juan was my friend. (That’s his photo above, from Mt. Dora) It’s been about five years since he passed away and I wish I had him here to give me guidance. He was smarter than I and more experienced. But … Continue reading

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A simple Water Jasmine

Here is a tree belonging to a client, the water jasmine, or wrightia religiosa. The water jasmine is a tree that’s easily found in the online bonsai marketplace or in the tropical section of your friendly neighborhood bonsai shop. They … Continue reading

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A flowering Brazilian raintree

It all began in 1974, with a matchbox. Sounds like the start of a cheesy film noir, right? The Brazilian raintree’s history in the USA had its start with a matchbox (a match box is a container, about two inches … Continue reading

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Let the tree talk to you, just don’t be surprised if they say they want to leaf……

This is a clients tree, chloroluceun tortum, the Brazilian raintree. It’s a humble little tree really. But she likes it. And that’s all that matters. It had a Jin on it, but this is all that’s left of the deadwood. … Continue reading

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