Shrinking a Juniper

Posted by on May 28, 2020 | No Comments
Shrinking a Juniper

I recently worked on this small juniper; it seems to be a cutting grown Kishu juniper (J. chinensis “kishu”.) Kishu has a slightly tighter growth habit with more plump tips than the “Shimpaku” variety, and a bit more coarse than Itoigawa, the preferred variety in much of Japan. I’ve discovered that any of these three […]

Reflections on The Artisans Cup

Posted by on Sep 30, 2015 | 5 Comments
Reflections on The Artisans Cup

I left San Francisco at 7am on the Wednesday morning before The Artisans Cup to drive over to Alameda to meet up with Jonas Dupuich. Among other things we were taking my grafted California Juniper and accompanying pieces up to Portland, Oregon for the show. Both Jonas and I were happy that most of the […]

A Golden Moment in the Garden

Posted by on Sep 15, 2015 | 4 Comments
A Golden Moment in the Garden

One of the nice things about having a yard that faces the San Francisco bay and the rising sun is that occasionally there are moments when the lighting is just amazing. They don’t happen every day, but they are more frequent in fall and winter than during the summer. A few days ago I glanced […]

Too Straight for a Juniper

Posted by on Sep 10, 2015 | 4 Comments
Too Straight for a Juniper

In bonsai, Junipers are supposed to be all twisty and contorted. That’s the rule. So, I guess we should all just ignore the tree that I’ve been working on for the last few years – it’s too straight for a juniper. Check back next time I post something. But seriously, where do the rules come […]

Yamadori Style Kishu

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 | 4 Comments
Yamadori Style Kishu

I think it was back in 2007 that Jim Gremel did a workshop for BSSF, the somewhat-infamous Yamadori-style juniper workshops where he takes young trees and wires them into crazy shapes. His concept is great, it’s just that the execution takes a long time. I wired a couple trees during that workshop and recall him […]

Juniper Grafts

Posted by on Jul 23, 2015 | No Comments
Juniper Grafts

Road to the Cup – Part 2 If you’re not grafting on junipers that you have in development then you’re likely not making really great bonsai, it’s that simple. While trees grown from cuttings can become really good in time, much of the juniper trunk stock that exists either from old landscape plants, wild trees […]

Reel Returns

Posted by on Jun 13, 2015 | No Comments
Reel Returns

For the first weekend in June I had the pleasure once again of hosting Matt Reel for a few days of bonsai work. BSSF did two group workshops with Matt instructing and I worked with him on a few trees privately as well. The great thing about working with a bonsai professional is that you […]

Postcards from Portland: Part 3

Posted by on May 9, 2015 | 5 Comments
Postcards from Portland: Part 3

If you were to sit in a workshop full of knowledgable bonsai hobbyists in the United States and have a conversation about what species of tree will win the judging at The Artisans Cup in Portland in September you would likely get a consensus that it will be a collected juniper. What exact species, whether […]

Kishu Cuttings

Posted by on Dec 25, 2014 | 6 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 […]

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 […]