I have had this cork bark maple for a while and lately have been focusing on trying to make it look somewhat decent.  The spring flush is almost finished its push so I decided to thin it out and give it wiring to position the new growth.  I started by removing the unnecessary new growth, that which had sprouted in unneeded spots, particularly from the bottom of the main branches.



I have always admired broom style bonsai trees, especially the elms.  What’s not to like? A nice flare at the bottom and spreading branches up top, spreading out to make a perfectly round canopy.  I have had this elm that was in a batch of seedlings (I mean really just a seedling, only about two inches tall) that I picked from


This is one of my favorite varieties of satsuki azalea, it has a curled leaf that looks pretty cool and the growth habit is perfect for bonsai, nice and tight.  The flowers are a very light pink and have kind of a pearlescent sheen to them.  The name tsuki no shimo means “frost of the moon” and when you look at the flowers, it kinda looks like frost.  Cool, huh?  You may have seen this tree


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