• Kusamono and shitakusa for a summer play

    It´s almost summertime and out of season for most bonsai collections. Therefore it’s time for some playing around with shitakusa and kusamono. Shitakusa is the softwood plant used to accompany a bonsai or part of a Shohin bonsai display. Kusamono is composed to be the…

  • New Tokonoma in the studio

    For a few years now a garden Tokonoma has been established in the Kisetsu-en bonsai garden. I always dreamed about having an indoor Tokonoma as well to display bonsai all year around. Our house isn’t that big though so it was first when my wife…

  • Dragon Bonsai shohin workshop

    Photos: Ming Moreland Thanks to everybody who attended the sold-out shohin workshop at Dragon Bonsai this weekend. Already rescheduled for next year and sold out within minutes plus reservations. Started with a talk about seasonal growth and how to get the best growth on shohin…

  • Bonsai mornings at Kisetsu-en

    Although spring is busy for all bonsai pros and enthusiasts, repotting, starting up watering for real and controlling spring growth, there are still no excuses for not enjoying new growth and the shift from dormancy to life. Spring is here to be enjoyed. The regular routine here…

  • Bonsai soil – avoid drainage layers

    There is a well-settled myth in bonsai that is one of the hardest to kill. The use of so-called “drainage layers”. Drainage layer is a no go because it has the opposite effect as it is supposed to. The idea may seem logical and clear,…

  • 2 X 1-minute bonsai repotting videos

    The repotting season is ending at Kisetsu-en. This week I expect to finish all necessary repottings and then only any creative ideas will add something to the list. Two old trees changes soil in the past week. An old wild cherry, Prunus avium and a…

  • Repotting season at Kisetsu-en

    Soils are floating. Chopsticks are dancing. Roots are moved. It´s the last week doing repotting at Kisetsu-en. Then all trees in need are repotted with fresh soil. Further down the road, a few more tiny spring projects will be executed before the growing seasons leave…

  • Daan Giphart 20 year anniversary testimonial

    Today’s blog post is the greeting from another friend and  shohin bonsai pioneer, Daan Giphart. “I want to thank you and gratulate you for the 20 years of tireless energy for making the shohin big again! As a shohin pioneer in the Netherlands and Belgium…