• A life with trees. The essence of bonsai.

    Living a life with trees. As far back as my childhood, I was fascinated by trees. One of the clearest memories of that time is playing with the other kids in the local forest just five minutes away at short skinny legs. The inspiration from…

  • Bonsai green season

    It is the bonsai green season. The colour change on the Mountain maples (acer palmatum) is clear from day to day. It’s the growing season taking over. Gallery at the bottom of this post. Delayed very much this season, yes. But finally, some of the…

  • Color shifts

    Color shifts of the autumn keeps amazing me. Year after year I am flabbergasted by the beauty the leaves produces. Especially puzzling is when the same species changing colors weeks apart. Where some Japanese maples, Acer palmatum, are in yellow, red and orange clothings, others…

  • From trash to Shohin Bonsai

    At a travel to Japan back in 2012 I stumbled upon a small Japanese pre-bonsai maple. It was placed awkward on an almost hidden table like it was dumped. And it was. The owner of the bonsai nursery in Takamatsu has dismissed it as potential…

  • Spring rain

    It has been pouring cats and dogs all Easter, so it is surprising that the trees are still going on with their spring thing despite cold and wet weather. It has been a very mild winter, so everything seems to be pushed forward by this,…

  • Top 5 bonsai – Japanese maple

    In this small series about my favourite bonsai specimens, it is about the classic Japanese maple. It is so obvious a tree for Shohin bonsai that I can’t neglect it at the list. The shifting kind of leaves, is the Acer palmatum and A. buergerianum have…