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“Maybe Not the Best Bonsai, but I Love Them All”


We've got a real treat for you today by Tobie Kleynhans of South Africa, who says that his bonsai may not be the best in the world, but he loves them all. And so do we!

Pretty flashy, but it has character that will come through even after the color fades. It's a Japanese wisteria (Wisteria floribunda) that belongs to Tobie Kleynhans of South Africa. 


Bougainvillea Peruviana. One of about 18 species of Bougainvillea, a native South American genus. 


Towering twin trunk Bastard olive. Tobie lists this as a False olive (Buddleja saligna). To quote Wikipedia, Buddleja saligna, the false, or bastard olive, is almost endemic to South Africa where it has a wide distribution. 


Here's another good one. It's a Juniperus virginiana, one of our North American junipers. We usually call it Eastern red cedar and Tobie calls it a Pencil cedar (common names can be confusing), but no matter what you call it, it's still a juniper. 


I like this one. Even though it's also Juniper (J chinensis), it reminds me just a bit of the towering* White pines (Pinus strobus), a dominant tree in much of the Northeastern U.S. and Eastern Canada. 

*towering by East Coast standards, not West Coast


Black monkey thorn (Acacia burkei). I like the rugged bark and simple lines. I wonder what kind of rock those are around the base. 


Believe it or not, this one is unrelated to the one just above. It's another Bastard, aka False olive (Buddleja saligna). 


Here's a sweet little Boug. 


A Trident maple with its coat of many colors. 


Without making too big a fuss, this Blaauw juniper (Juniperus chinensis blaauw) raft is natural, uncontrived and near perfect in scale. Nice pot too. 

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