Technique: Weeping Willow wire bite and weights

Willow is a super fun species. Originating from China, not the Middle East as the Latin name implies, Salix babylonica aka Weeping willow is a common sight in our North American landscape. There are several humongous old willow reaching out over the river side next to my home. It’s a nostalgic tree with a definitive […]

PBC Monthly Meeting & Nursery Stock Styling Day

Finally another post ! I’ve been quite busy with work and family lately. This post is a sort of journal entry covering our group meeting and a few new trees. Last fall, local Bonsai enthusiasts including myself founded a study group called the Progressive Bonsai Collective or the PBC. We share and discuss online and […]

Technique: Tool maintenance & repair

We invest a lot in good quality bonsai tools. Well maintained, quality tools can last a lifetime. A little regular maintenance goes a long way. With a few skills and TLC we can prolong the life and maintain good, quality function from our tools. Disclaimer: when inexperienced, cutting tool maintenance can be dangerous and isn’t […]

Guerrilla Bonsai: Bringing Bonsai to the People!

Rafael Najmanovich and Patrick Blandeau of our group, the Progressive Bonsai Collective,  took bonsai to the streets during a Japanese street festival. Check out Rafael’s video below and subscribe to his channel. If the people don’t go to bonsai, bonsai goes to the people!

Weeds weeds weeds! Some are good, some are bad!

Like insects, grasses, sprouted tree seeds, wildflowers, moss, lichens and other intruders will grow in our pots. It’s inevitable. Weeds are something we don’t talk about enough and totally wish I knew more about all the scandalous weeds to avoid! I will try to hash out some thoughts and guidelines as well as point out […]

Tree Profile: Larch Yamadori

A recent addition to my collection is this twin-trunk larch. I purchased it it from Louis at Art and Culture Bonsai in Shawinigan, a major contributor to Quebec bonsai culture and trees, supplies and resources. The tree is estimated to be somewhere around 80 – 100 years old and has been in training for several […]

Tree Profile: David’s Tree

I bought this Sawara Cypress from David Easterbrook. For those who don’t know David (if that’s even possible), he has over 40 years in bonsai. Curator of the Montreal Botanical Garden’s bonsai collection from 1982-2011, David is respected world wide as a top level bonsai practitioner, sensei, teacher, judge, appraiser, author and more. If I […]

Love for Forests & Tree Profile: Canadian Larch Forest

I have always been enamoured with forest plantings, penjing, landscape scenes etc. A huge part of what draws me to bonsai is to get immersed and lost in the illusion of these portraits or scenes, moments in time. The perspective, depth and scale of these compositions moves me. If only I had more space for […]

Techniques: Defoliation

Bonsai Technique – Skill level: Beginner/Intermediate Maples are a must have species in any bonsai collection. A major part of our landscape and culture in Canada, they have beautifully shaped leaves , and can be enjoyed any time of the year with their lush green canopies, fall colours and winter silhouettes. A technique not exclusive […]

My bonsai journey…

Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken. — Oscar Wilde. Well, here we go! This first post is a significant step in documenting my experiences practicing bonsai.. and of course a place to track progress and showcase my trees. When I first considered blogging about my bonsai journey, I was hesitant. With so much incredible […]