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Shohin bonsai preparations and Vlog 17

Slowly the autumn moves forward. Temperatures drops and it is time to stop feeding the trees. I remove all used organic fertilizers at this time to let the trees slowly slow down and get ready for dormancy. Deciduous trees will slowly turn their leaves into brilliant autumn colors when it gets colder. Autumn is  great …

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Bonsai garden tour with Larry on camera

Larry Benjamin and his wife Rose, paid us a visit this summer. And Larry brought his video camera to make a record of the Kisetsu-en bonsai garden. It was a pleasure having you here Rose and Larry. Video Larry has been so kind to let me share his video. Here is a small tour and …

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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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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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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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VLOG 11 and the making of a Kusamono

Vlog 11. October shows the beginning signs of autumn where deciduous shifts from green to yellow, brown or red leaves. Removing the wire from a bonsai in training, should not be made in one go, but in steps. Finally I arrange a Kusamono planting with dry tolerant grasses and plants. All included in the October …

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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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Slowest bonsai demo in the world?

The newest Vlog (just launched) may be the slowest and longest bonsai demo in the world. Just started on a journey with a Potentilla fruticosa, and found it worthwhile to make a different approach to styling bonsai. Sharing the full process of every step made on a specific bonsai over time. Often we see trees …

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Styling a shohin Juniper

Next Monthly Theme at the videostudio will be a full styling demo with a pre-bonsai Juniperus chinensis.  Every detail of the styling is covered in a more than 40 minutes video, covering every aspect of aesthetical, technical and growing issues associated with the styling. Watch the raw material turn into a beautiful future shohin bonsai. Released …

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