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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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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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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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Happy autumn

Autumn, (and I do repeat myself year after year) is one of my favourites. When it gets colder here in Northern Europe, the colours of deciduous trees change. For now it is still warm, but this will slowly change. Deciduous trees change their leaf colors from the darker summer green tones to yellow, brown or …

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Tokonoma display

The garden Tokonoma is used on a daily basis. On rainy days I keep tables and scrolls out, and just set up a basic display. Sometimes just a Suiseki. Other days a proper display with scrolls and tables are included. Like today. The point is to use the Tokonoma the whole year. It gives me …

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Bonsai garden expanding

These days the new bonsai garden area is getting the finishing touches. Originally the bonsai garden was a bit smaller, but there  was an urgent need for more space. Because new trees are coming in for the Bonsai Video Studio recordings, and there simply wasn´t room for the trees as it was. Secondly (but as …

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Morning lights

  The nice thing about being up early (if you can’t sleep anyway) is the quietness and light. I really enjoy taking a tour around the garden in the morning, viewing bonsai setting new growth rapidly at this time of the year. At the moment the Deshojo maple leaves are looking great with their spring …

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Art and bonsai relationships

Bonsai art and traditional art brought together. Bonsai art doesn’t have to stand alone as a separate art form. For years sculptures have been exhibited at galleries and art museums in connection with paintings. It is, for me, a natural thing blending art forms like bonsai and sculptures. Or bonsai with paintings for that matter. …

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