Category Archives: philosophical rant

Why even airlayer? That’s not doing bonsai, is it? Or, Where does the story end? 

Propagation. Taking cuttings, growing from seed, air layering. That’s not what bonsai is. Bonsai is taking trees that have been grown by farmers, or nurseries, with the first, second, back branches  there already, and styling them so they are all … Continue reading

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Ain’t got a leg to stand on

I was picking up some tools from American Bonsai Tools in their warehouse a month or so ago and I came across this cool…..thing.Cullen, the owner, likes antique things that are made well. Stools, lamps, metal shelves and such. I … Continue reading

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Developing The Tree

You might remember this tree, its was featured in the epic, groundbreaking and  confirmationally biased blogpost, ” I use some fancy words to justify my defoliation habit, go figure“.  It’s a ficus microcarpa, sometimes described as a “ginseng”, as though it’s a … Continue reading

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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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Where do the rules get you? 

I’ve been thinking a lot recently. I know, it gets me into trouble a lot when I do that but I think I’ve finally figured out some things and it’s time to share. Let’s begin at the end, which seems … Continue reading

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An unknown ficus, to me

Well, I’ve exhausted my research and I can’t find the name. It’s the subject of today’s post. Some of Florida’s best and brightest can’t find out the species so I think I’ll call it ficus “jim smithii”  Since I can’t … Continue reading

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But, but, but….are these bonsai? 

In all my trips across the Florida Panhandle, on I 10 in and around the Tallahassee area, I kept seeing this sign. Me, being the itinerant bonsai guy I am, had always driven by in order to get to the next … Continue reading

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