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News from Sakura Bonsai Gallery

I hope to find the time to add some news on cleaning up my neglected collection.

This old Japanese White Pine, I have named Resukyū  (レスキュー ) has been in the collection for ~2 decades.  It was 'rescued', as a potted nursery plant, from a coastal nursery where it was in poor condition.  I was attracted to this pine due mainly to the very neat graft union and the foliage colour. Some years latter, after a period of recovery, it flowered for the first time with bright crimson inflorescence.

It spent two years under the care of Shannon Young, at the Canberra Arboritum.  I was fortunate to have Shannon and Pavel Slovák work on the bonsai as part of a demo at the Arboretum.

goyo matsu australian bonsai galleryResukyū (レスキュー )


This old Kuromatsu, I have named Zaidan ( 財団) as it is one of the major 'foundation' trees in the gallery.black pine bonsai 02Zaidan ( 財団)

Most bonsai in the collection are in need of a Winter cleanup; starting with the nebari.  This is a very important element in the design and character of a good bonsai.

australian bonsai gallery nebari cleanup

This old KuroMatsu was field grown fron nursery stock since the mid 1980's.  It spent 2 years at the Arborutum under the expert care of Shannon Young.  Needle plucking had to be done with tweezers....

Now bud selection is done and one branch wired.... Have to find time to finish wiring.!!

australian bonsai gallery kuro matsu wiring 2018 06 14

Yet another old KuroMatsu that has been in the collection since the early 1980's.  I developed this one from small nursery stock.  It was field grown for at least 5yrs.

It is now getting the attention it deserves.  Should be a very good bonsai with more refinement.  kuro matsu australian bonsai gallery 12 980

Another two pines needle plucked, bud selected, and wired. Ready for the spring.

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Some Autumn colour starting in the gallery.  These two 'root-over-rock' style trident maples will be a great show this year..

 trident maples autumn 2018

Finally getting back to the Autumn pine work.  This Kuro-Matsu has been in the collection for more than 35yrs.  Yes, it should be more refined than it is.  Trying to make up for lost time.!

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Started the Autumn work on my Red, Black & White pines.  Needle plucking, bud selecting & wiring. 

Most of my pines were developed from seedlings and some nursery stock.  Now, after more than 40 years, and years of neglect, they are getting the attention they deserve.

This Kuro Matsu is 68cm wide : 54cm high.

austrlian bonsai gallery kuroMatsu 02KuroMatsu 68cm wide : 54cm high

The 9th World Bonsai Convention logo has been anounced ahead of a developing programme of events to be held in Perth Western Australia in October, 2021.

As the program develops, the World Bonsai Friendship Federation will be posting the information on their Facebook Page HERE, so please check back from time to time.9th world bonsai convention perth 2021

juniperus procumbins bonsai 1 2I have had this juniper for over 35 years.  It has had a lifetime of neglect so I decided to do it some justice and try to bring it up to some level of respectibility.

It will require a number of growing seasons to develop the 'illusion' of movement, balance, and a more 'natural' look.

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After 9+ years in the ground this Juniperus procumbins has finally made it into a training pot.  There will be lots of shari to make on this one.

Looking forward to the many years of development!


A neglected swamp cypress group finally being cleaned up.  Really need to be pinching back all spring and early summer to really make something of this one.taxodium distichum group 2017 08 03

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