Full Moon Japanese maple
Well, “Spring” has finally arrived in Rochester, NY, although the official safe frost free date is May 30! All the bonsai are now outside and the indoor tropical species are also being moved outside, all of them.
Only 6 days later.
This spring has been quite unusual… Since I have been unable to teach or conduct workshops because of the Convair-19 Virus, we have been kept quite busy working on bonsai. Together with my assistant Alan Adair (curator of the living collection at the International Bonsai Arboretum,) and my Monday Senior Crew we have created well over 100 new bonsai, refined and transplanted many masterpieces (which they needed,) and also “dancing” with the bonsai, many, many times moving inside and out on nearly a daily basis to protect tender beautiful new colorful growth from cold, frost and snow.
I believe this year we have actually transplanted nearly every deciduous bonsai which needed it, almost. We are just starting to transplant the evergreens. Truly, we never really stop transplanting here, when a tree needs it, we simply transplant and adjust the aftercare. A couple of days ago we transplanted one of my largest Kashima Japanese Maples in full leaf. I must have skipped the chapter on transplanting in the bonsai instruction books or did not watch the videos on YouTube.
Enjoy these photos from the past six weeks of busy work, actually having fun.
Shishigashira Japanese maple
White Chojubai Japanese flowering quince.
Shishigashira Japanese maple
Kashima Japanese maple
Japanese larch forest created for Diane’s family. Each tree represents a member of the McAleer family in Montreal, Canada
Crabapple logo bonsai for the upcoming 2020 7th US National Bonsai Exhibition which WILL be held on September 12-13, 2020 in Rochester, New York. Come see it loaded, hopefully in an abundance of fruit. Last year in preparation for the exhibition we removed all the flowers to produce more blossoms and fruit for you to enjoy.
Trident maple, completely container grown from a 4″ potted seedling for about 30 years.
Cork-bark Chinese elm redesign, not complete yet, but perhaps a new owner will design in their own taste.
70 Trident maples in a very shallow container.
Mycorrhizae on pine bonsai. Watch for a comprehensive article on this symbiotic fungus in the next issue of International BONSAI, which I’m working on now.
Induced back budding on an old Japanese maple bonsai not by drastic pruning.
Transplanting and root pruning Kashima Japanese maple bonsai in full leaf.
As most friends know, I specialize in maple, deciduous, unusual and forest planting bonsai. Spring is the peak of beauty, OK autumn too, in my garden. On Friday, May 22, 2020 at 2pm (EST) Bonsai Empire will be hosting a live walk through video stream from my beautiful and colorful garden. Even better, after the tour I’ll be delighted to answer any questions you might have. Simply use this link to tune in for a beautiful, enjoyable and educational spring visit.
If you live within driving range, our Spring 2020 Open House & Sale will take place on Saturday and Sunday, June 6-7th. This year Award Winning bonsai artists, Harvey Carapella, Marc Arpag, Alan Adair and I will be conducting demonstrations. Come, spend some time in my garden, learn and enjoy the bonsai, and please make some purchases as well. At least, subscribe to International BONSAI, the first and only professional bonsai magazine published in the United States for the past 42 years.