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Suthin’s Bonsai & New Import Duty on Bonsai Wire

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You can see Suthin's mastery in the way this little Japanese black pine undulates (like waves) all the way from the base of the trunk down to the tip of the cascade. You can enjoy this tree and some other new offerings on Suthin's website

Our friend (everybody’s friend) Suthin Sukosolvisit has added the three trees shown here plus some others to his site’s sale page. I think you’ll like them and that you might like to know how to go about ordering from Suthin.

Many of you know Suthin, but just in case you don’t, Suthin is a highly skilled and prolific bonsai artist. One of our best. If you’d like to meet him and see what he’s up to in real time, he’ll be at the upcoming 6th U.S. National Bonsai Exhibition (we’ll be there too!)

Due to the trade war
we are now paying extra for Bonsai Wire

This means we will soon be forced to raise our wire prices
But until we do that
(and because we have been stocking up)
we are going to offer all sizes at special pre-duty prices
for as long as we can
So this is your chance (see below)

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This one is an 'Itoigawa' Shimpaku juniper (Juniperus sargentii 'Itoigawa'). It's height is 13" (33cm) and the pot is 10" across (25.4cm). Note Bill Valavanis refers to Shimpaku as J sargentii, while others (eg Wikipedia) refers to it as J chinensis. Experience tells me it's best to go with Bill

 

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Another shohin (small) Japanese black pine. For more on this tree and others, you can visit Sutin's website

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If you only visit one bonsai event this year, make it the 6th U.S. National Bonsai Exhibition

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I borrowed this famous cascading Juniper from the 5th National Bonsai Exhibition website (cropped to better fit a certain social media's format).

If you only visit one bonsai event this year, make it The 6th U.S. National Bonsai Exhibition. Rochester NY, September 8th & 9th.

Do whatever it takes! Rearrange you life if necessary so you can be there. Each National Bonsai Exhibition is better than the last, and the last one was mind-stopping. The buzz was palpable and from conversations with dozens of others, the feeling was universal.

And it wasn’t just the bonsai, though they amazed me more each time I wandered through the displays. But the vendors section* was the best I’ve ever seen and the events were outstanding . And then there’s a large collection of some of the friendliest people you’ll encounter anywhere (a shared passion doesn’t hurt).

Continued below…

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This one is from Bill's blog.

I could say a lot more, but I’ll defer to Bill Valavanis, the man behind this spectacular bonsai tradition. You can visit Bill’s blog and if you haven’t signed up yet, or need more details, here’s your link to the Exhibition website.

I hope to see you there and when we run into each other, don’t be afraid to tell me your name for tenth time. Speaking of, this year you can find us in the vendor’s section*

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The next best thing to being there...
The first three albums are out of print, but you can still own the 4rd and 5th. And the time is right (see below).

 

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We've shown this spectacular Maple several times already, but it's always worth another look. I just plucked it off the Exhibition website.

*this year we’re joining the vendor section with some of my field grown larches and a whole lot of wire etc at show prices

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Less Is Enough

770shim5A whole lot of tree to fit into such a small pot. It's looks like a field grown Shimpaku juniper that was raised to look like it was collected in the wild. Most of the collectable Shimpaku (and other desirables) are long since gone from the wilds of Japan. This photo is titled 'Shugaten 2013 - Tokyo Ueno,' which was a Shohin Bonsai Exhibtion in 2013 that was held in Tokyo. Guillaume Billaud posted it.

Stuck somewhere between enjoying a holiday week and trying to do just enough work to keep the ball rolling. I started out today to put together a new before and after post, but it got too complicated and I’ve got some thirsty plants that are beginning to wilt in yet another day of a colossal (for Vermont anyway) heatwave. So sticking with our small and tiny bonsai trend, we’ll take the quick and easy way back to our archives (November, 2013).

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Shohin Pyracantha with yellow berries. A couple things jump out. First are the luminous berries (without these, I'm not sure we'd bother). The other thing that jumps out is the funkyness of the roots-turned-lower-trunk. Exposing roots so they become part of the trunk is common practice. In some cases it works, in other cases less so. You can be the judge. The tree belongs to Edson Cordeiro who lives in Brazil. It's from a series titled "Pyracantha em 3 anos de formação" on facebook.

 

Kadsura berries this time. This photo, like the one at the top, is also from Shugaten 2013 and was also posted by Guillaume Billaud on facebook. This tree would be worth posting with or without the beautiful little berry clusters, though with is a real winner
This photo is from a early vintage Bark post (2009). Here's the original caption: "This banyan style dwarf Snow rose serissa (Serissa foetida microphylla) was styled by David Fukumoto of Fuku Bonsai in Hawaii. The pot is a Tokoname from Japan. Living in the tropics really helps when it comes to growing aerial roots."

 

English yew (Taxus baccata) from Morten Albek's blog. Morten is a long time Shohin artist, teacher, blogger and the author of Shohin Bonsai, Majesty in Miniature, edited and published by Stone Lantern (sorry, out of print)

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More Sweet Little Trees & Bonsai Books Galore

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At a glance, this is a sweet little freshly trimmed Shimpaku bonsai. But if you let your glance linger, you might see just how much age and character this tiny tree expresses. There's that relatively massive little trunk and its rugged twists and scars. There's also the impressive branch development for such a small tree. Altogether a masterful little bonsai. The photo and tree belong to Haruyosi, as do the other photos shown here.

Continuing with Tiny Trees, we’ve got Haruyosi today, one of the true Mame Masters with some freshly trimmed tiny Shimpaku junipers.
*Mame is bean in Japanese and is used as a name for tiny bonsai.

Just in case you don’t know who Haruyosi is… I think it’s safe to say is addition to being a Mame master, he is equally, a master bonsai potter. All the photos shown here are from Haruyosi on facebook.

 

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Enough for now, though there are plenty more where these came from

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Sweet Little Trees & a Bonsai No No

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This little gem looks like it might be a mini Mandarin orange tree. Or maybe a Kumquat. No name or attribution is provided

I like small bonsai. Especially when they are photographed handheld to provide some scale. Unfortunately, the business fb site where I got these photos didn’t provide any information on varieties or artists/owners. Perhaps to impart the impression that the trees belong to them. One  photo of a Haruyosi tree even had their name on it. A definite no no (see below).

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Impressive! For just a moment, you might think this is a large juniper. At least until you see the fingers. The background looks like the walls at David Benavente's bonsai garden, though a quick trip through David's site didn't turn this tree up

 

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I know this brilliant quince is a Haruyosi (here's your evidence). Worse than not making any effort to identify or attribute is putting your name on something that doesn't belong to you, which is exactly what was done (I cropped it out)

 

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Another Haruyosi. This time a juniper. It would have been so easy to find the source and attribute

 

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We originally showed this rather spectacular little Shimpaku juniper a little over two years ago. It's not unusual to see a photo of someone holding a small bonsai in one hand. However, you almost never see a photo with two hands. This two handed approach gives the feeling that the tree is being offered. This photo is from Japan Shohin Bonsai, though I found it this time on the above mentioned site that shall remain unnamed

 

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The Original Backyard Bonsai – Tool & Soil Specials End Tomorrow

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Trident maple root-over-rock by Wolfgang Putz.

Staying in the backyard one more day.  This one is our first backyard bonsai post from 2009 (over 3,000 posts ago), with a few changes today

Today it’s Wolfgang Putz’ backyard. It turns out Wolfgang is a bonsai professional, so his backyard is really a bonsai nursery. Since this original backyard post, our focus has been mostly non-professional backyards

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This photo and the proceeding one are just two of several great shots of Wolfgang's remarkable backyard bonsai display.

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Brilliant Bonsai Garden from the Front this Time

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Today it's Harmut Muenchebach's spectacular front yard. Yesterday it was the back

This bonsai garden is so exceptionally beautiful that I’d feel remiss not showing you the other side. This post originally appear here in May of last year

We were going to move on from yesterday’s post until I stumbled upon the photos shown here. Now our picture of Hartmut Muenchenbach’s magical Bavarian bonsai garden is a little closer to complete. Though the photos here are by Walter Pall and Jennifer Price (just like yesterday’s), we found them at a place called Bonsai Mag

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The happy bonsai/landscape artist in his rather amazing front yard

 

har2When I first saw the photos above and the ones from yesterday, it was the landscaping that caught me. It was clear that Harmut's bonsai collection was impressive, but to my eye his bonsai graced his landscapes. Now, after seeing more photos and taking a closer look, it's obvious that Harmut is in possession of an very large and significant bonsai collection and though it's true that his bonsai grace his landscapes, it's equally true that his landscapes serve to present his bonsai...

 

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... and ultimately, the two are one... a masterful work of horticultural art

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I’m Still Surprised by the Quality & Price of Our Roshi Bonsai Tools – Especially When I Use Them

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Our selection of over 50 high quality and affordable Roshi Bonsai Tools come in both stainless and high carbon steel, and right now our Stainless Roshi tool are 40% off list and our Cabon Steel Roshi tool are 30% off list

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When I fist saw Roshi tools I was struck by their beauty. Then, when I held them in my hand, it was easy to feel the quality and I was surprised by how affordable they are. Now, a few years later, I’m still surprised by the quality and price of each and every one. Especially when I us them.

 

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Before we go any further, here’s my disclaimer… I’m the owner of Stone Lantern. I’m also the one who gave these remarkable tools their Roshi name, which means ‘Old Master’ in Japanese (they were originally branded Corex to help you better understand why the new name). And of course, I stand to benefit when you purchase our Roshi tools and the rest of our large selection of bonsai and related items. Though because of fluctuating markups, this benefit is often tenuous at best

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Economy grade Rosh Shears

TMC16 - TMS16A while back we introduced these Economy grade Roshi shears. Why economy when Roshi Tools are already so reasonably priced? Well, some people want to pay less than 20.00 for quality shears and still want ones that actually cut and keep on cutting. So these are for those of you who fall into that group.

 

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Perhaps the best way to buy Roshi tools is in one of our convenient kits. When I compare the price we pay and the price we sell them for, I'm forced to question my sanity (sometimes that it... some times we do okay)
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Brilliant Backyard Bonsai Garden in an Enchanted Setting

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Harmut Muenchebach's brilliant Bavarian backyard bonsai garden. It wouldn't be hard to indulge in a little envy here, but better to just enjoy.

Let’s keep going with perhaps the most enchantng Backyard Bonsai Gardens we’ve seen yet. It belongs to Hartmut Muenchenbach of Bavaria. I found the photos on  Walter Pall’s timeline titled Jennifer Price at Hartmut Muenchenbach’s. We originally featured it just over a year ago.

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Impressive tree in an impressive garden

 

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A closer look at the tree's details

 

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A strong tree and a great rock make for an impressive cliff planting. BTW, that's a lot of tree growing off that rock and a lot of weight to that side (notice how the soil runs almost all the way down the cascading trunk). It looks like the pot is fastened to the platform

 

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Walter (left), Jennifer and Harmut

 

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A little closer for facial recognition


Brilliant Bavarian Back Yard Bonsai Garden

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Harmut Muenchebach's brilliant Bavarian backyard bonsai garden. It wouldn't be hard to indulge in a little envy here, but better to just enjoy.

Let’s keep going with perhaps the most enchantng Backyard Bonsai Gardens we’ve seen yet. It belongs to Hartmut Muenchenbach of Bavaria. I found the photos on  Walter Pall’s timeline titled Jennifer Price at Hartmut Muenchenbach’s. We originally featured it just over a year ago.

BONSAI SOIL SPECIAL ENDS SUNDAY

30% off list prices on all Bonsai Soil

special ends Sunday, July 1st at 11:59pm EDT

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Impressive tree in an impressive garden

 

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A closer look at the tree's details

 

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A strong tree and a great rock make for an impressive cliff planting. BTW, that's a lot of tree growing off that rock and a lot of weight to that side (notice how the soil runs almost all the way down the cascading trunk). It looks like the pot is fastened to the platform

 

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Walter (left), Jennifer and Harmut

 

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A little closer for facial recognition