Category Archives: updates

A matter of taste or, the past is prologue

Time for a haircut. In more ways than one…….Yeah, lookin’ like a crazy man here recently. In fact, it’s getting easier and easier to lose oneself in the electric lime green foliage of this tree…..   Dumm dum duhmmmmmmm! I’m a … Continue reading

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Snoozing in the shade of a banyan

You remember this tree? It made an appearance earlier this year in a post called Time of the Ficus, in which I not only gave a pretty good breakdown of wiring using proper anchors but also presented a thoughtful essay on the … Continue reading

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Ficus vs. ficus

It’s a battle royale! We have two trees that have been at war for some time now (well, since this post, really,  which was an update to this post, actually, which goes back three years and is one of my most popular … Continue reading

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Some tree that I used to know….

There are just too many jokes that can be made in bonsai. Example, you see a pretty girl and you say to your bonsai pal “I’d like to show her my formal upright, if ya know what I mean…” Or … Continue reading

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Time of the ficus

 I’m taking a break from the broad leaf and starting with some tropical bliss, which could be read a few different ways. But what it means is, are you ready for some ficus? How’s this for growth?   Talk about huggie-branches, … Continue reading

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2 live oaks, as oaky as they wanna be

A shiny nickel to the first person (in the blog’s comment section) who identifies the reference in the title.  Today’s subjects are a coupla’ live oaks, one collected, one a nursery grown tree.      Let’s see if I can get … Continue reading

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Bonsai friends 

“…..We do crazy things when we’re wounded, everyone’s a bit insane….” Tom Waits  I’ve been introspective, sometimes even pensive, of late. As I sit here, drinking some scotch that my friend Jack managed to cause me to win (don’t ask … Continue reading

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