One of the most basic but intimidating tasks for the beginner bonsai hobbiest is the process of trimming a Bonsai Tree. Many are fearful or removing the wrong branch, or taking off too much of the growth. In this video I go over step by step what to remove from you r tree so that you can keep it healthy, and looking great.
This weekend I hosted the NoName’ Bonsai Study group at my house, and the visiting artist was Suthin. I, like many, consider him to be the best artist in all of the U.S. and he is absolutely amazing. I had a number of tress that I wanted him to work on while he was here, but one tree that I have had for along time was my first choice. As you have seen on my site since 2002 is a Bujin styled Pond Cypress. It has been displayed at Epcot and at two state BSF conventions.
This tree had been in my collection for so long and had been styled the same way year after year. It really needed a make over. I asked Suthin if he saw any changes that could be made and he didn’t disappoint.
We had 10 people show up for the event and he worked his magic on all of their trees, one right after the other. Nearly impossible to get him to take a 5 minute break.
To remind you what the tree used to look like, here is the last photo I took prior to the workshop. What a difference!
It has been raining here in Central Florida for a couple of weeks now. I think we’ve had enough for at least a little while. Even the tree won’t drink anymore. Look at this water droplet sitting on top of a Bald Cypress leaf.
Well Fall is here, and sometimes it even feels like it. In Orlando our weather ranges from the 60′s – 80′s during the day and 40′s – 50′s at night. So most of the time it just feels like a really nice Spring day. However it is officially Fall so I thought I’d take a look at the trees for some evidence.
According to my Bougainvillea it is Spring time and time to flower. The poor thing is a little confused because of our warm weather.
The Crossostephium Sinesis isn’t doing much better and has manage to put out one more flower for the year. Not a very exciting bloom, but still interesting to see.
The Bald Cypress has figured it out and is ready for next year all ready. It has pretty much lost all of its leaves but have a few branches with bud loaded and ready to pop next Spring.
However there is no fooling my Trident Maples. They know it is Fall and time to drop their leaves to prepare for next Sping. This is an exciting and active time in Bonsai because most of the wiring and styling happens while these trees are dormant. Fall colors in Orlando are usually pretty boring so I chose to show this picture in Black and White.