Category Archives: styling bonsai

I hear you’re jealous of ficus in Florida….?

I’ve heard that many times. Well, damn then, I’m jealous of ficus up North. You all have an opportunity I don’t. More on that towards the end. Let’s take a look at some trees then. This was, in a time … Continue reading

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A bonsai, an ostomy, a life

The tree: The me: The set up: The life:I’m being a bit pretentious but, you see, I can be. Why? Welcome, my friends, it is… (I don’t use this brand but it’s the only graphic I could find for free, … Continue reading

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Did you just call me escambron again….that’s it, I’m gonna….wait, what, that’s the name of a tree?

Escambron, a tree native to Puerto Rico. If you say escambron with just a little bit of the emphasis on the right syllable and slur it a bit, you might just be saying a bad word (shut your mouth…) Let’s … Continue reading

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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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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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The wind in the willow…leaf ficus

I have two ficus trees for you to ponder today. This sweet sumo: ….and this one that’s in serious training. Let’s look at it first. My daughter removed most of the wire on it already for me…..….but she left me … Continue reading

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