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The Year of the Upgrades

Bonsai people tend to get a bit carried away with things. It seems to be in the nature of bonsaists. We end up with too many trees, too many pots, go too hard on a collecting trip and need to take a quick “nappy” (this sounds very specific but nevermind), etc. We all seem to…

I Think I’ve Become a Potter?

A couple of years ago I decided to get into pottery. In typical fashion, I just decided to go all-in with no second-thought. I scoured Facebook Marketplace for a kiln for a few months, and when I finally came across a perfect kiln at a good price, I decided to purchase it on the spot.…

Bugpocalypse..

This has been a tough year in my bonsai adventure. Towards the end of last year, I felt like I was starting to get to a point where I was comfortably competent in my skillset. Repotting has become second-nature, I’ve mostly memorized seasonal maintenance timings, my wiring is where I wanted it to be, and…

Choosing a Tree

Choosing a tree is one of the most exciting parts of bonsai. It’s where you get the opportunity to learn about a new type of tree, and also where you get to imagine the specimen that you are hoping to create. I don’t want to get into the super fine details of tree care because…

Pot a New Bonsai

In very general terms, most new bonsai trees should be potted in early spring. Tropical bonsai trees should be potted in very early summer before the extreme heat starts. Deciduous trees such as elms and maples should be potted before the new leaves break out of their buds. Pines should be potted just as they…

Visiting Black Dodge Bonsai

There are three major parts to visiting Black Dodge Bonsai.  There is the man, the art, and the goods.  I know that everyone wants to hear about the goods, but I’m saving that for last so that you listen to why you really need to make a stop there. Black Dodge Bonsai is a two…

Collecting Trees: Prelude

My goal is to learn every aspect of bonsai. I want to learn the art, the horticulture, the specifics of every tree that I can get my hands on, the patience, and finally collecting. Collecting is what’s on my mind right now. Collecting is a massive topic and is considered controversial sometimes. In my head…

The Student of the Copper Wire : The Two Trees

This weekend marks the first trees that I have ever fully wired in copper wire. I subscribe to Mirai Live (Ryan Neil’s training site) for the majority of my training, and another viewer commented that they are afraid of copper wire and always use aluminum wire because it is so much easier to work with…

Deals and Steals

I’ve got some deals, and some outright steals to show you. This haul came from New England Bonsai Garden’s summer sale. I got to meet the owner Ashley, and he and the crew were more than supportive to our blossoming adventure in Bonsai. Here’s what I came home with: Lets start with a nice little…

Create a Bonsai: Wire Theory and Application

So you purchased (or placed) a tree in a pot.. Now what? Depending on the season of the year, the type of tree, and the health of the tree, the fastest and most satisfying answer may be to put wire on the branches, and to form the branches into the shapes that you are envisioning.…

Re-Start

There is one up-side to killing your trees in pots.. You now have free pots! When I moved into the new place, it came with a bunch of spindly little pines sticking up out of the lawn. Since I had free pots, I decided to make a little forest planting in a (way over-sized) pot.…

Prologue

My first experience with bonsai was at Disney’s EPCOT when I was young. I remember seeing the trees and being amazed. They looked like ancient statues and I wanted one badly. I had no experience growing anything and didn’t even understand that there was horticulture involved at that time though. Many years later, in my…

Bonsai Adventure

Hello anyone and everyone. Stay tuned for the ups the downs and the adventure of learning and practicing bonsai in NH.


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