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Japanese Maple Styling

Bonsai is inspiration for my landscape stylings. I had a rare privilege yesterday to style a Japanese Maple, Acer palmatum "Tamukayama", about forty years old. This is my second time working with this tree, and it is beginning to show the love. Lifting the canopy and...

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New Pottery Vessels from Sherri’s Collection

Portland ceramic artist Sherri Aytche brings her unique planters for bonsai to the studio. We are fortunate indeed to have visiting artist Sherri Aytche, a Portland based ceramicist, bringing new work to the studio for our Open Garden event this coming weekend. Sherri...

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Sawara Cypress in new growth

Chamaecyparis pisifera "Boulevard" glows blue in the landscape. This Boulevard Cypress has been under refinement for about three years. It was bought by a friend last year, and this week I got to do the final touches on the styling. This tree is about thirteen years...

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My newest Japanese Maple has found its home.

Pottery by Sherri Aytche for this "Red Dragon" Maple Bonsai. A fabulous specimen of Acer palmatum "Red Dragon" came my way a year or so ago, and it now has a container worthy of its delicate and exquisite coloring and profile. A recent creation from Portland ceramic...

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Dwarf Korean Lilac

Syringa palibin achieves perfection. This little tree has been waiting for its chance-- this is the "year of the lilac" in my book! never have they been so lovely! and my little bonsai specimens have thrived in a cool spring, producing fragrant blooms that fill the...

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California Juniper has discovered its true nature!

Native conifer tells its story in movement and contour. This California Juniper has been waiting for its first styling since being placed in a container several years ago. Today I was delighted to have it featured at my studio open garden among the dozens of bonsai of...

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My Newest Service– Patio Garden Design

The joy of container gardening. My first garden design client had a hillside landscape in almost complete shade that had been planted with ivy...! After several months of ripping out roots up to two inches thick, she commissioned me to install a container garden that...

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Japanese Maple Pruning now available

Aesthetic pruning for specimen trees. I have begun to offer pruning services for select Japanese Maples for Portland area clients. These trees can be tricky to shape and thin to give the wonderful lacy appearance so desired, with layering to accentuate the trees'...

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Picea aureospicata — a weeping form of Norway Spruce

Finding the "Tree within the Tree." Here is an updated photo of the weeping spruce formerly pictured. Now in a classic Chinese Drum pot, this tree has matured into a quite majestic specimen, deserving of its formal round container. Approximately twenty five years old,...

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Japanese Five Needle Pine– Pinus parviflora

Softest and most delicate of the pine bonsai specimens. Japanese Five Needle Pine is a classic for bonsai, with soft short needles and a wonderful lanky growth habit. The needles are well placed in clusters, giving fullness to the branches and vivid green color...

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Privet has classic lines and style

Littlest bonsai gives big impression in new pottery. My Privet bonsai-- Ligustrum ovalifolium-- native to Korea and Japan-- has beautiful fall color, changing from mostly golden-green to crimson over the season, depending on the weather. It is deciduous in my...

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Bonsai Akira to Show Trees at National Convention

Bonsai from the Northwest going to St Louis! Bonsai Akira Nursery has been accepted as a vendor for the American Bonsai Society 2018 convention in St Louis, Missouri. A chance to show what grows in our Northwest gardens, in miniature form! Presenters include Marc...

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Fagus Sylvatica Gives Constant Delight

European Beech looks grand in all seasons. This small specimen of Fagus sylvatica, or European Beech, was grown as pre-bonsai on a tile field, giving a wide and shallow rootball ideal for a small container. Wonderful layered branching habit accents the wide horzontal...

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Oregon Ash reaches Maturity

Loveliest of deciduous trees of the Northwest My Oregon Ash has come to the golden time of year. Brief but magnificent-- it will leave its foliage in the coming days-- but for now I will revel in the Elm-colored fronds which encircle the canopy of this twenty year old...

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