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Let the tree talk to you, just don’t be surprised if they say they want to leaf……

This is a clients tree, chloroluceun tortum, the Brazilian raintree. It’s a humble little tree really. But she likes it. And that’s all that matters. It had a Jin on it, but this is all that’s left of the deadwood. … Continue reading

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Parking Lot Bonsai, or, the sum of my choices

In the afternoons, on schooldays, I get to sit and wait for my children to get out of class and then I chauffeur them home. As I wait for them, I sometimes use this time away from the nursery to work on … Continue reading

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You know what they say about people that have big bonsai….

Lysiloma sabicu….I think. Horseflesh mahogany is the colorful common name. We (that would be David and I, not the royal “we”) are going to put it into that green pot. It looks small but……..it’s not.  We also have a big Brazilian … Continue reading

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Bonsai work

“The highest reward for a person’s toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it. ” 
~ John Ruskin  Ok, for those of you who googled good ol’ John, he did have some odd ideas. … Continue reading

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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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The Knife, The Foil, and The Moss

I’m gonna cut you sucker! Yes, you!Just because you have a fancy name,  chloroluceun tortum, doesn’t mean you’re safe. Most just think of you as the Brazilian raintree. Let me tell you a story. I recently picked up some trees for my … Continue reading

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Brazilian raintrees and senescence

Here’s the word of the day: senescence. Here’s the tree of the day: Brazilian raintree.  When we think of senescence we usually think of deciduous trees. Not huge, tropical canopied, thorny and dangerous Brazilian raintrees. Senescence happens to all trees. Even … Continue reading

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