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Japanese Larch— A Case of Less is More

Japanese Larch— A Case of Less is More

A lesson learned is worth repeating. Once upon a time I could not resolve a design issue, and moved into new territory by choosing a pot that seemed entirely too small for the tree. Voila! The tree was suddenly in perfect balance, and began to dance— by which I mean...
Happy Springtime Memories…

Happy Springtime Memories…

This lovely Azalea is reminding us that Spring will come again! We are on the threshold of a severe weather event— this is how we describe snow in the Pacific Northwest, bringing as it does rainy sleet and icy conditions making travel seriously difficult. It almost...
Curriculum Vitae—Lucy Davenport

Curriculum Vitae—Lucy Davenport

Since I launched Bonsai Akira in February 2016 at the Northwest Home and Garden Show, I have had a roller coaster ride of fun exhilarating and somewhat precarious experiences keeping my small nursery and art studio for bonsai afloat on he seas of change! This year...
Kokedama— For Holiday Flair!

Kokedama— For Holiday Flair!

Kokedama — the Japanese-inspired art of wrapping plants in moss— has been around for centuries. Adapted for living in small spaces this technique allows for a vertical “garden” in front of a window. No better use of space than filling it with live greenery. They are...
Landscape Pruning— Year Five

Landscape Pruning— Year Five

After being asked several years ago by a friend to “make my tree into a bonsai” I decided it was time to take what I have learned from bonsai to styling larger trees in the landscape. A myriad of approaches are possible— from the rather formal and somewhat contrived...
Interview with Hardy Plant Society features Bonsai Akira

Online Holiday Sale Continues

Happiest of holidays! Thank you for checking out my site! I am honoring the 20% off posting of almost all the bonsai in the shop for one more week. The sale price is indicated under the item in the gallery, allowing you to purchase for yourself or for gift giving this...
Another Old Friend Visits—

Another Old Friend Visits—

A favorite among my bonsai experiments came back into my care this year. This was a Styrax japonica— not often seen as a bonsai specimen. The purchaser allowed me to take it back for repotting, and some adjustment of the structure. We don’t always get to see the long...
Tree Mover

Tree Mover

Working with trees in containers has given me a knowledge base that allows me to assess trees in the landscape when the desire is to place the tree in a different location. Having moved several Japanese Maples without undue mishap, I am now advising clients on the...
Bonsai Gardener

Bonsai Gardener

Being a bonsai gardener allows me to create front door displays with more than one plant, with groupings according to the season. How exciting to see a whole “garden” of bonsai and accent plants in bloom, This is a hidden benefit for the bonsai stylist or hobbyist, as...
Styling Visit

Styling Visit

Sometimes I get to visit with an old friend. This time it was to repot a lovely Japanese Maple—“Fireglow.” I feel especially privileged when a customer has enough faith in me to schedule a styling visit in home, for care and upkeep of a fine specimen. The tree in this...
Holiday Sale in Progress!

Holiday Sale in Progress!

Hello all! Welcome to my fifth annual holiday sale. We are featuring almost all our items at 20% off regular website pricing to celebrate five years in business! Please note— a few items including aprons, calendars, and one or two trees, are exempt from the sale. Feel...