Category Archives: branch placement

Taming the prickly bush

You’ve seen this tree before. I’m a bit lazy at the moment, but there have been several blog posts on it in the past. I had even done a post on creating the pot from concrete. It’s there in the … 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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Did it have to be another juniper?

Stop me if you’ve heard this one…..two junipers walk into a bar, one says to the bartender, hey I’ll have a jin….. We have before us two varieties of juniper. Both do quite well in Florida, the one on the … Continue reading

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Can you say “taper”?

Let’s talk bonsai….just what is it? When I was a yungun’ and being learned in thinking and reasoning, I was told to begin at the beginning. So that is where I shall begin (don’t worry, it has to do with … Continue reading

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What a Tangled Web of Roots We Weave 

Here’s a challenge: Ficus microcarpa. A seedling grown one, looks like it, or what the trade calls, a “ginseng” ficus. Which isn’t a variety, but just a marketing thing. Like calling American style Chinese food “Chinese Food”. I got the tree from … Continue reading

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