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Tuesday, November 25, 2008


Here is a spruce that I found at one of those one in a million nurseries. This spruce is grafted and is over 25 yrs old, all of which were in a container. That has led to good bark and a nice tree. The graft is pretty good, but from what I wanted to be the better front the graft was a little more obvious so I found another view that kept the good trunk line and less noticable graft.
Here is before, as I bought it several months ago.

After some branch selection

Again, midway through thinning and selecting branches for the overall design. Some of the larger branches had to go.
Almost done, the sun is starting to set......

Here is the front after the initial styling. This tree will back bud like crazy and fill in quite a bit this coming year. Next winter it will look 10x better. Next spring I will repot it and start reducing the root mass.

Top view....needs to fill in!
Initial styling done for now.

Next years photos will be much better....

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Walter Pall CD and Magazines

A few months back Walter Pall released a much anticipated CD that has over 8,000 images on it! It is an amazing compolation of bonsai and the progress of each of his over 500 world class bonsai.
Through Walter I have over 70 of these cd's in my possesion as well as several autographed copies of Bonsai Today issue #101 that features a gallery of Walters trees.
This is a must have for anyone wanting to enjoy the beauty of bonsai or learn by studying some of the best trees in Europe and the world.
CD is $35.00 + shipping
add the magazine to the CD and the total is $50.00 + $4.00 shipping in the US.
Email me if you are interested. Remove the AT and replace with @

Fall Color 2

A very old Vine Maple I collected 2 years ago. This tree has to be over 200 yrs old. The trunk is bogger around than a basketball and on the branches you can count about 20 growth rings in about a 1 inch stretch on a branch thinner then a pencil. This is a very old tree. It also have amazing color, almost looks to be onfire!

Trident Maple. This is going to get its first styling this winter and its fist pot this coming spring. Under these yellow leaves is a very nice trunk.

A very good Katsura tree. The trunk has very good movement and lots of deadwood. This isn't a tree that you see everyday in bonsai. I think this tree has a good future.

Leaf close up

European Hornbeam. Coming along nicely
Super fat Wysteria trunk with amazing hallows. I am tree sitting this one with the ability to acquire it for myself. We will see. Trunk is atleast 10".

Some fall color

Here are some shots of trees as they are changing color. This has to be one of my favorite times of the year.
Japanese Maple that is headed to the ground this coming spring.
Little Leaf Linden. Just starting to turn colors. Leaves are now off as this picture is a few weeks old.
Shohin Dwarf Quince. Killer bark.
Front and back of a killer shohin Trident maple.
The long branches are to use for thread grafting this spring. Updates on the work done on this tree will come later this winter. Enjoy the amazing color of fall!
Chinese Elm in an Erin Pot. One of my favorite shohin trees. Under the moss is an amazing nebari.
Recently on BonsaiTalk forums there was a post about apex positioning. Here is proof that apex's can lean over the rim of the pot and not seem out of balance. This is not to say that it will always work, but if can work if done right. This little tree looks excellent in the fall hue's.
A few quick photos of the yard.
One of my favorite accent plants. Really cool fall color!