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Bonsai Banter Issue #70 Bonsai Resolutions
December 29, 2015

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Bonsai Resolutions

Just in case you haven't included bonsai in your new year's resolutions, here are a few suggestions:

Build those bonsai benches you promised yourself last year (or was it the year before?)

Sort and clean your bonsai pots - again. Don't let this happen!

Clean and sharpen your tools often.

Give away or sell any bonsai that will never be the tree you intended.

Make plans to attend at least one bonsai convention in 2016. You owe it to yourself!



BonsaiMary Resolutions

Over the years, some Bonsai Banter issues were much fuller than others.

A few were just short, quick notes and others much too long. Some have amazing pictures and interesting stories.


One of my personal resolutions is to combine the 'Best of Bonsai Banter' into an ebook. This project is now underway.

Much of the email I receive is concerning "indoor" bonsai.

Therefore, in addition, I've just added 'Best Plants for Indoor Bonsai' to my list of ebooks to create in 2016.

As many of you know, I am somewhat technically challenged.

These ebook projects, with additional photos and commentary, will be quite a learning experience, but I'm determined!





The National Bonsai & Penjing Museum

Heading to Washington, DC for vacation? Keep in mind, the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum is located on the grounds of the U.S. National Arboretum at 3501 New York Avenue N.E. (Not downtown!)

There is no charge for admission to the Arboretum or the Museum and parking on the grounds is free. Open from 10:00 A.M. TO 4:00 P.M. (Closed on New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King’s Birthday, President’s Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.)

If you've never been, click here to see the virtual tour!



"Contemporary Bonsai Planter"

I came across this photo on the Sekaibonsai.com site. Automotive industry designer Adrian Magu created this artistic planter. (Unfortunately, the tree isn't as unique as the container.)

The caption reads "Good for modern interior." Despite our best efforts, the myth of the "indoor" juniper bonsai endures.

Are you wondering if it has a hole in the bottom? My guess is "no".



Bonsai Classes

These classes are such a bargain, I'm repeating the announcement in this issue.

Classes, in person, with bonsai experts can be expensive (and rightfully so.) However, internationally known bonsai artist Colin Lewis has taken an innovative approach to this dilemma.

He has developed an online series of 7 HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access. Once you purchase them, they are yours to keep and review at your convenience, over and over again.

If you already have the basics, you will learn tons of more advanced techniques.

One of the best features is, you get your questions answered directly from Colin in the virtual classroom!

Read all the details here: Bonsai Design Techniques




The 14th annual 'Joy of Bonsai'



January 15–17, 2016

Presented by Kawa Bonsai - Joy of Bonsai



The best little bonsai convention ever!

Held at:

Flagler County Extension Office

150 Sawgrass Road

Bunnell, Florida




BonsaiMary gets Mail

JC Mendez sent me this comment and question:

"First and foremost I'd like to thank you for all your hard work in putting together this fantastic newsletter, it's simply amazing!

I'm not a pro at the art bonsai but have been trying to expand my knowledge and have recently been thinking about trying my hand at grafting. I would like to try grafting a Juniper or a Boxwood on to a Ficus trunk and was wondering if either of these grafts are possible. Any thoughts you can share would be greatly appreciated... "

My Response:

The quick answer to your question is "No." Grafting is done between like species -- e.g. juniper to juniper and boxwood to boxwood.

We often graft slower growing types to a variety that either already has a large trunk or to trunks that develop faster. For your first experience at grafting, try ficus to ficus for an almost certain good result!



With Appreciation

Many thanks to all my subscribers who continue to share bonsai thoughts, questions and pictures.

And a special thank you to the following BonsaiMary site sponsors. Supporting these advertisers, also helps keep the BonsaiMary site alive and well.

Bonsai South - you can read more about Zach Smith's collected trees on the Yamadori page

Iker Bonsai Pots - watch Chuck Iker throw one of his beautiful pots here Iker throwing pot video

Esprit Bonsai Magazine - France also continues to advertise with us.



Wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year!

Most Sincerely,

Mary Miller


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