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Bonsai Banter Issue #69 Iced Bonsai
November 30, 2015

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A Frozen Tropical Bonsai

In some areas of the northern hemisphere, winter has arrived with no mercy. Just because it "hardly ever gets

cold" where you are, doesn't mean it can't. The picture shown here was taken in my yard in 2004, when I lived

in Homestead, Florida (just south of Miami.) The ice was created by the irrigation system, the water actually

protected the tree. This tropical yamadori Conocarpus survived.

If winter hasn't visited you and your bonsai yet, be prepared.

Another Frozen Story

In one of Michael Hagedorn’s earlier bonsai blogs, he brought up a subject that would have never crossed my mind (having always grown bonsai in Florida.)

Because it's so important, I post this 'Beware Bending that Branch' warning here every year.

Crataegus - frozen branches

More Fall Color

Despite the cold in many areas, fall colors continue to flood the internet. This Japanese maple is just one of many great colors from the Valavanis bonsai blog 11-2015

"This year has been the brightest and most colorful I’ve seen in my fifty plus years of studying bonsai."

- William Valavanis

Bonsai Gift Ideas

Bonsai Gifts - Dos and Don't s

Although you may be tempted, it's probably not a good idea to give a bonsai! An experienced bonsai person would often prefer to select their own.

An admiring novice may end up embarrassed if they kill it! With this in mind, here are a few suggestions.

The Magic Cloth

The Bonsai Magic Cloth is a fun idea and it works!

Charlie Bell, in Ireland, wasn't taking any chances.

He ordered a double dose of 'magic' and is very happy with both of his! (1 Green and 1 White)

If you've never used one, read how The Bonsai Magic Cloth works!

Bonsai Books

Not everyone who appreciates bonsai wants to create, or even care for them.

Bonsai picture books are ideal gifts for everyone. There are many to choose from including exotic coffee table types.

Some of My Favorite Books

Bonsai Classes!

Here's a gift idea for a bonsai friend (or yourself !)

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!

In addition, the price is hard to believe.

Bonsai Design Techniques

Show Time in North Carolina

3rd Annual Winter Bonsai Silhouette Expo

December 5-6, 2015

Kannapolis, North Carolina (Near Charlotte)

Guest artists: William N. Valavanis, Owen Reich, John Geanangel & Ken Duncan

If you're in the area, this is a not to be missed exhibit, in an amazing facility. (The building, with marble floors and beautiful rotunda, is part of the North Carolina Research Campus) North Carolina Winter exhibit info

From the Bonsai & Yamadori

-Tony Tickle blog

"Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visited the Australian National Arboretum on Wednesday 11 Nov 2015

"The visit included a short tour of the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection. Prince Charles was genuinely interested in the collection expressing that he may well start some bonsai on his return to the UK.

See more pictures on Tony's site: Prince Charles visits national Australian Bonsai Collection

Amazing Yamadori

In the November issue of the Backcountry Bonsai blog, BackCountyDan posted:

"On very rare occasions we find a tree that seems like it’s just been waiting and hoping to become a bonsai tree for a very long time. It’s even more rare for that tree to be collectible. 'Porky' is one of those trees!

"The tree already looks like a bonsai, and nothing has been done to it apart from collection, no training what-so-ever."

There are lots more pictures on the site.

I love to see others giving their trees fun names. After all, I named one of my pines 'Funky Monkey.'

Celebrating the Holidays

with Bonsai

A tribute to the three kings by Juan Llaga, Phillipines

A fabulous Callistemon or Bottlebrush bonsai decked out with ornaments by Nacho Marin of Venezuela

Bald Cypress bonsai by Tony Palma, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

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Happy Holidays

Wishing you and your loved ones a beautiful holiday season.


Mary Miller

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