Trident Over Rock

Posted by on Jan 19, 2015 | 2 Comments
Trident Over Rock

I started this little trident from seed. It’s been an interesting journey. When I first started a batch of tridents, a year or two after I started my 2006 batch of black pines, I also started a bunch of Zelkova, Amur Maples, Monterey Cypresses and some Coast Live Oaks. I no longer have any of […]

Mame Maple

Posted by on Jan 14, 2015 | No Comments
Mame Maple

This little maple has seemingly impossibly small leaves on it during the growing season, more like a small leaf trident maple than whatever variety of momiji it is. Acer palmatum in my experience typically has 2-3″ leaves which can reduce to around 1″ with control of the plant. This one seems to stay around 1″ […]

Black Pine repotting

Posted by on Jan 12, 2015 | No Comments
Black Pine repotting

Repotting season is here in Northern California and I’m getting started with some of the trees that I own that are most in need of repotting. Normally, I would start with deciduous material in early January and then work on conifers later in February and even early March. For San Francisco, the winter season is […]

Kishu Cuttings

Posted by on Dec 25, 2014 | 4 Comments
Kishu Cuttings

Last fall I cleaned up an overgrown Kishu shimpaku juniper that had many long runners on it. Whenever I see a tree that has a large straight base to it and then a bunch of tightly controlled branches it makes me want to propagate and work on tiny little seedlings and cuttings. There’s some sort […]

Less is More?

Posted by on Dec 13, 2014 | No Comments
Less is More?

There is a whole school of thought in bonsai that less is more. The idea is that if you eliminate something from a tree you sometimes end up with a result that is more interesting and a better bonsai. On the other hand, it’s also possible that if you go cutting branches off willy nilly […]

John Boyce’s Bunjin

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 | No Comments
John Boyce’s Bunjin

John Boyce is one of the founding members of the Bonsai Society of San Francisco (BSSF.org), which started in 1960. I’m not sure how old John was when the society started, but he’s got to be in his early eighties these days. When I was a beginner in the club, John was one of the […]

Bernard’s Forest

Posted by on Nov 30, 2014 | No Comments
Bernard’s Forest

While I first started a batch of black pine seedlings in March of 2006, I also started a second batch in March of 2009. It was somewhat bad timing given that I had to move all my trees to SoCal soon after; and the result was that I ditched the vast majority of the seedlings, […]

Matt Reel – BSSF Workshop

Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 | No Comments
Matt Reel – BSSF Workshop

The original idea that I had to hire Matt was for a group workshop for the Bonsai Society of San Francisco. I’m the incoming president and have been the show chair for the last couple years; so, I have a personal interest in seeing the group further the quality of its show material. And in […]

Matt Reel – Spruce

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 | No Comments
Matt Reel – Spruce

While Matt and I were walking around my yard, I was trying to let him chose trees that he might want to work on because I’ve always felt that when an artist sees a tree that they like, they’re immediately excited to work on it. I know when I look around at trees in my […]

Matt Reel – Part 2

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 | 3 Comments
Matt Reel – Part 2

At the same time that BSSF scheduled Matt for a demonstration for the Thursday general meeting, the club also scheduled him to do a group workshop on Saturday for six participants. That left Matt with nothing to do for Friday stuck in San Francisco. So, after the meeting was over on Thursday I asked him […]