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Deadwood carving

Deadwood at bonsai always have a fascinating effect. The blend between the living and the dead reminds us about life and death as it is. The aesthetics of deadwood can be both very pleasing and sometimes overwhelming. Almost unnatural in its design with huge curled branches and trunks at Junipers. Like if it is from …

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New year – new visions – new name

(Edited January 14). A new year is often followed by new visions. This will be true this year, although we do not make big changes just because of the New Year. We do it when it feels right. That is now. 🙂 Bonsai collection Changing the expression of the bonsai activities. Most know only about …

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Merry Bonsai Christmas

Dear readers and viewers. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  I thank you for your great support. It was with no idea of what to expect, that I started the Bonsai Video Studio exactly one year ago. I am overwhelmed by the positive responses and support. Going into the …

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Bonsai next season

One year ago the first video at the new Bonsai Video Studio was published. Before I look back on that in a future New Year’s annual post, I want to step into the next bonsai season. Larger bonsai Most content has had it is focus on Shohin-bonsai the previous years. It still will be a …

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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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