• Bonsai dreams versus reality

    Learning from books is fine. Learning from magazines is fine. Learning from online tutorials is fine. But when it all comes to an end, the importance of practice and learning through your own experience is maybe the most important and valuable part of your bonsai…

  • Watering bonsai in the morning or in the evening?

    Singing birds and bees in the bonsai garden witness summertime in the bonsai garden have started nicely. Temperatures rising and intense light from above add more growth to our trees. Also demanding more control and daily care. One of my daily routines is starting the…

  • Hawthorn Shohin bonsai

    Shohin bonsai can be created from a broad spectre of trees and shrubs. One of the main themes in the Shohin world is the seasonal changes. To display this we need different species. From coniferous to flowering bonsai. The red flowering Hawthorn Every month I…

  • Juniper bonsai with big visual change

    In 2014 I received a nice gift on a trip to China. A rectangular curved pot for a cascade style bonsai. It came to good use for a tree in my collection a few years ago when I flipped the tree from upward slanting to…

  • Itoigawa and Shimpaku shohin bonsai foliage

    Building foliage pads Do you pinch or cut? That is not without importance how you control the growth and timing is essential to build up healthy foliage pads. The Japanese varieties of soft scale leaf Junipers are popular for Shohin bonsai. And not without reason.…

  • Tosho Juniper pinching

    Summertime and pinching continue. Scissors are busy trimming new growth. It is important though how it is done, and not the least when it is done. The weekly episode on Kisetsu-en Bonsai Online is ready to watch, and deal with a lot of strategies necessary…

  • Burning bonsai

    Kill your darlings is an old saying, when you have to discard something you love. I had to kill my old established award-winning Juniper, Juniperus procumbens. I have grown it from an ordinary nursery stock for more than 17 years. It became heavily infected by…

  • 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,…

  • Busy bonsai spring

    Spring is always busy. Bonsai repotting, acquiring new pots and new material for future bonsai and so on. Probably one of the most enjoyable times of the year. Looking forward to the growing season. This year the bonsai garden will be expanded a little and…

  • 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…