Bonsai Progress

We’re getting a short break from a heat wave here in NE Illinois. Temps have been in the high 80s/low 90s, with gusty winds and threat of thunderstorms. Today, low 70s–at least close to the lake–and while the sun is warm, it’s cool in the shade. A good day for healing bonsai. If you don’t know what Read More …

Bonsai Beginnings

(Note: this post was originally published two weeks ago at the BookView Café blog. I’ll be adding a follow-up post soon, and wanted to have the original over here, too. So, without further ado…) Bonsai originated in China around 700AD, and was introduced in Japan about 400 years later. The Chinese term for the art, “Penjing,” Read More …

Crabapples

I have four types of crabapple trees in my yard. One isn’t blooming this year–it’s a biennial–which leaves the Louisa, the prairiefire, and the tree of unknown variety behind the garage. The Louisa is a miniature weeping-willow variety with pale pink-white blossoms.   The blossoms of tree behind the garage are a deeper pink.   My Read More …