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The Stephenandra

The Stephenandra incisa, Cutleaf, is a common scrub used for borders in gardens. It is a low growing plant with small flowers in summer. The growth is strong and loose, so cutting back regularly is simple method to develop a decent canopy and good branch formation. Finding a specimen with a good fat trunk is …

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Kisetsu-en, Garden of the seasons

Finally a Japanese name is settled for the garden. I have been searching for a good Japanese name for the garden for some time now. Something that expresses the mood of the garden, and has a good sound too. Kisetsu It was so simple as I first found it. Kisetsu means seasons in Japanese. No …

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Private Japanese bonsai collections

Private Japanese bonsai collections may not look like how you expect them to look like. Always we watch photos showing great bonsai at Japanese exhibitions, and from professional nurseries. I think many enthusiasts have a belief that all bonsai in Japan are that great. They are not. The level of bonsai Walking the streets of …

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Horsetail Kusamono

The Kusamono Dwarf Horsetail, Equisetum scirpoides, is a gift from a good bonsai friend. He didn’t remember the name, so I had to research a bit to find the correct name of it. I like the elegant structure with the tiny dark knees dividing each of the stems. Also it`s black, pointy cone is distinctive. Growing together …

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Tokonoma in the garden

On request I here show how the Tokonoma in my bonsai garden was established. It was built during the summer 2016. I did not do a sketch first, so no drawings and precise measures are available. The inner space is a bit larger than a tatami mat, 190 X 80 cm (75 X 31 inch.) …

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The small wonders of Japanese maples

Maybe it is because of the size of the tree. Maybe the size of the leaves. The wonders of the Japanese maples in Shohin bonsai always amaze me more than bigger amount of colored leafs. The same with the tiny leafs of the Cotoneaster microphylla. I have always admired the simplicity in bonsai. Especially in …

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Behind the Shohin Course

Today the Shohin course at Bonsai Empire went live. You find it right here: https://www.bonsaiempire.com/courses/shohin-course Behind the production is a lot of work. And much thinking (believe it or not , laughing). It all started in India, after a talk with Oscar from Bonsai Empire, when we attended a large bonsai event there. We have talked …

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Rules rules – too much

What is it about rules in bonsai? Rules seems to rule, often too much. I really believe in the historical heritage of bonsai have to be taken seriously, and be part of the moderne development of bonsai. Sometimes though, bonsai people have a tendency to cling to something written or told in the past, that …

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Shohin course early bird

Pre-enroll the Shohin bonsai course, and get an early bird discount at 30% off the regular price. Discount ends November 7th. Please pre-enroll now at Bonsai Empire to get your discount. The Shohin bonsai course is  launched November 10th If you are already a paying member of the Shohin Bonsai Europe Studio, you have the …

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Displaying bonsai

Just came back from a nice weekend with bonsai exhibition. New and old trees. New and old friends. As it should be. Photos at the bottom, and in the Photos section (Now open for everybody). Always enjoying watching old trees again, seeing how they have improved over time. Discussing pro and cons at the displays, …

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