Category Archives: Horticulture and growing

A flat-top, bald cypress bonsai story, and a question. 

I posted a pic in the social media jungle a few weeks ago. It caused some debate (aside from the flack I got from the recycle bin in the background, that is).   It wasn’t really my intention to stir the … Continue reading

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Haunted hackberry bonsai

Well, being the unlettered man of toil I pretend to be,  I don’t have much to right to an opinion in some things but, I must say, what a gnarly old hag of an arboreal specimen I have before me. Scarred, … Continue reading

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Building a maple or two

Whoa?! What?Are you drilling holes in trees again Adam? It looks like one of those parasitic worms trying to stick its tendrils into a tree and the tree is trying to get away.  How about we start at the beginning? … Continue reading

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Sugarberry….aw, honey honey…..you are my bonsai tree….and I think I love you!

Two collected hackberries.  If’n you follow me on Instagram or the Facebooks, you’ll remember that I was lamenting the loss of a stand of native celtis nearby. Now, granted, it’s been heavily collected from by fellow bonsai practitioners but, as some … Continue reading

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I Feel So Soiled

Now there’s some pretty soil. With all the partisan political divisiveness of late, I figured that I’d introduce a calm, nuanced, and non-controversial subject into the æther. Try to, you know, relax the dialogues on the interwebs and facebooks a … Continue reading

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Bald Cypress Forest 

We have a tray: We have some trees: We have a strong beer:Tray-tree-beer? Will we have bonsai? Seems likely. We might need more beer, even if it is a German one and not Japanese.  Let’s review. Tray:Made by a retired … Continue reading

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Collecting from the wild (actually, my nursery) 

I have this tree that I’ve been growing out (well…..I have many trees, but this one is in the ground, it was a volunteer, maybe deposited by bird trying to poop on my head, a southern hackberry, a name I … Continue reading

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