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Juniper rule to be repeated every night

Step by step. Little by little. Juniper development is rewarding as time goes. Keeping Junipers healthy growing demands keeping fingers and avid tweezers away from pinching foliage. Don’t pinch Junipers Following rigidly the most important (probably) learning experience about developing Junipers. Not ever pinching Junipers, is the sentence every bonsai grower should repeat daily before …

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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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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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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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China – The demo

At the penjing / bonsai event in China, arranged by the Black Scissors Community and China Penjing Artists Association, there was a four hours demo. The artists were Japan Kobayashi (Japan), Morten Albek (Denmark), Sean Smith (US), Samuel Thompson (Australia), Ryan Bebas (Indonesia), Rudy Marinello (Italy), Chen Jianliang (Taiwan), and Wayne Lee (Malaysia). Juniper procumbens …

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Tokonoma garden display

A wonderful day before winds will be ripping off some leaves the next days. The Tokonoma was used to do some recordings for next years new videos. I will later this year announce some news about these videos, so stay tuned. Cliffhanger intended. The tree is a Crabapple I have been working on for some …

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Shimpaku upside down

For a number of years I have been growing a small Juniperus Shimpaku, and followed the original position until now. The tree was purchased as a semi-finished piece at the Mansei-en nursery in Omiya, Japan, of late Saburo Kato in 2005, and mainly bought as a memory of the time spent with this most respected …

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Shohin displays at Noelanders

As promised in an earlier post, I will take a little time going through some of the shohin displays at Noelanders this year. Not to judge them (judges already did their job), but to put some words on the way of displaying shohin-bonsai the classical way at a exhibition. The obvious to put forward, is the …

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Never sell your bonsai

  You see these beautiful aged bonsai set for sale by private bonsai enthusiasts from time to time. For bonsai pros it is naturally a part of the business. But for private collectors I find it disturbing to see a personal tree set for sale. There can of course be a number of very good …

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