Wednesday, November 10, 2010

American Apple Bonsai Fall Colors

This is what happens to some plants when temperatures begin to drop. This time last year the plant looked much different. I never saw any fall color because I had chopped all its branches off. Next year I am hoping for fruit. If it does fruit I am gonna make a tiny apple pie.

There's a rock now in the design. The rock comes from a strange and mysterious creek bed. Here is an older picture of the same tree, before all the chopping and bending that took place in the past two years.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Informal Juniper Bonsai, Early Stage of Developement

Juniper chinensis 'Sea Green' promo shrub from LOWE'S garden center earlier this year. The plant cost me two dollars after getting it marked down by a very nice employee ;)

The pot comes from China i believe.

The foliage is much more compact with this variety, its hard to tell in the photo because this juniper has a long way to go. I'm not sure which direction to take this one but it will be changing in the future.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Thursday, October 14, 2010

cascade bonsai, improved form

this eastern red has improved greatly since the last image i posted of it. now i just hope i can keep it alive for its first winter in a container! previously it was growing on the side of some railroad tracks. it was actually adam that collected it by ripping it out of the with no tools whatsoever. its not the tactic i would recommend. if you look at the other picture of it from an earlier post you can see a big difference. if it survives, around this time next year it will have filled in considerably. this is a species that is rarely used in bonsai design and is thought to be difficult to train by most experts. my goal is to prove them wrong. so far its looking like i will.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Mini-Bonsai Maple Cascade

  Acer Rurum

Also called Red Maple, this deciduous native is usually not used in bonsai. The pot is about four inches across.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Eastern Red Cedar Cascade Bonsai

Juniperus virginiana is a species of juniper native to eastern North America, from southeastern Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, east of the Great Plains. In its native range, it is commonly called "cedar" or "red cedar," names rejected by the American Joint Committee on Horticultural Nomenclature as it is a juniper, not a true cedar.

This one pictured is from a rocky slope in Northern Kentucky. This type of juniper is rarely seen in bonsai. Next spring this plant will be placed in a smaller pot. For sale.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Crabapple Bonsai

An apple tree and one of my favorites. For sale.

In the wild, apples grow quite readily from seeds. Apple trees are an example of "extreme heterozygotes", in that rather than inheriting DNA from their parents to create a new apple with those characteristics, they are instead different from their parents, sometimes radically. This is why there are more than 7,500 known cultivars of apples.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

crape myrtle bonsai


Crape myrtle makes an excellent bonsai due to its exquisite branch ramification and ability to reduce its leaf size. It gets its common name from its crepe-like, crinkled petals. This can even be successfully grown as an indoor plant.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Barberry Bonsai

Berberis Thunbergii

This one is very old. I have two of these old barberry bonsai. Both are for sale.

Rarely seen in classical bonsai in the past, the barberry is slowly gaining poppularity as a container plant. This barberry bonsai produces tiny yellow flowers early in the summer followed later by tiny red fruits. The plant is also covered in tiny needle-like thorns.