Root Over Rock Pine #1

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 | No Comments
Root Over Rock Pine #1

This pine is from the 2006 batch of seedlings and is one of only three root over rock from that batch; it is going to be at least 12-14″ tall as a finished tree, but I have to continue considering the improvement as it develops over the next few years. When I started these I […]

Exposed Root Pine #2

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 | No Comments
Exposed Root Pine #2

As a prequel to this post, you should probably read my post from last June called “Exposed Root Pine #1”. It contains some more background information about this batch. Like #1, this tree is from my 2006 batch, but this one is possibly my favorite…although I think I said that about #1 too. Making exposed-root […]

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 […]

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 | 3 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 – Part 1

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 | One Comment
Matt Reel – Part 1

After meeting Matt Reel for the first time in February of 2011 in Obuse, at the nursery of his teacher Shinji Suzuki, I was most struck by the environment that he was studying in. The nursery was immaculate and the trees that were housed there were equally impressive. Here are a few photos of trees […]

Patience for Progress

Posted by on Nov 8, 2014 | 3 Comments
Patience for Progress

Bonsai can be a slow, sometimes frustrating hobby. But sometimes both delight and frustration can come from the same source. One of the first trees I ever bought was this small exposed-root Japanese Black Pine, I obtained it in the fall of 2003. It’s a slant, or semi-cascade, depending on how you look at it. […]

A Shohin Cascade Black Pine

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 | No Comments
A Shohin Cascade Black Pine

This little pine is from my 2009 batch of seedlings. It was one that my friend and traveling companion for my 2008 visit to Kokufu-ten has been caring for for quite some time. While I was in Japan I bought a couple bags of seeds from a guy at the Green Club who sold mostly […]