2016 Junipers

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The juniper page is updated with 15 new Rocky Mountain Junipers! Here are some photo’s, but you’ll need to visit the website to see everything. http://www.backcountrybonsai.com/juniper/

Enjoy! All are junipers with great bonsai potential, and several are world class trees.

More trees will be added soon. The Ponderosa page will be the largest, but we’ll be adding spruce, fir and Limber pines as well.

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Make sure you visit the website to see full 360 pic’s of each tree!🙂

2016 Teaser!

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It’s finally almost time! The trees are all out of their winter beds and we’ve been photographing them. I’m prepping all of the photo’s now and plan to have new trees on the website this weekend! But I thought I’d release a few photo’s now to hopefully appease you momentarily and to get everyone excited…😉

Last year quite a few trees sold before ever making the website from people visiting and nurseries buying in bulk; this year will be different. Expect to see a lot more trees available!🙂

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You all seemed to like the blue door…. so we’re using it for some of the trees this year. Hope you enjoy, and keep an eye out for trees this weekend!

Blessings,
Dan

Steve’s Ponderosa

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Hello everyone! Just to break the silence and let you all know that we haven’t fallen off a cliff.. here’s a short post. This is a ponderosa pine that Steve collected (I believe in 2012, but he can correct me if I’m wrong). It was styled by Owen Reich in the spring of 2014, and then potted with Michael Hagedorn this spring. I think it’s coming along great! Enjoy.🙂

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The shots below are this trees progression over the last few years. Owen did some serious bending to compact the crown. He hardly removed anything.. if anything.. from the tree, but still managed a nice compact design. Great work Owen!🙂

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Keep an eye on the blog and the website. There should be new trees available either late this month or early May!
http://www.backcountrybonsai.com

Happy Spring!
Blessings,
Dan

The Artisans Cup Retrospective

My only regret about the Artisans Cup was that, being a vendor, I didn’t have time to really slow down to appreciate and study the trees. I was able to take several walks through the exhibit but they always felt rushed as I needed to get back to my booth. Thankfully this amazing site provides the opportunity to re-gain most of what I felt I missed, plus a lot more!

This is Jonas’ great write up about the site. And if you ask me, the site is worth every penny!🙂

Dan

A Second Cork-Bark Ponderosa

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Late last spring I stumbled upon a second Ponderosa Pine, within about a mile of the first, also featuring very obvious corking bark. Many of the wings on this one are even larger! I’m hopeful, with two in the area so far, that I might be able to find a bonsai worthy/available candidate. We’ll see, and if nothing else I’ll take a few scions and graft them to Ponderosa seedlings.

I’m doing some research in hopes of finding out more about these corked trees. When/if I find any good information I’ll be sure to pass it along. The corking on this second tree has developed very similarly to the first tree I found, so I’m fairly certain that they must either share some genes, or have been infected or damaged in the same way. I really don’t know what exactly causes this corking, but I’m hopeful that some of the forestry crowd out there may have answers.

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Enjoy the pictures!

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I brought a couple of small dead branches home from this one.

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Stay tuned, and If any of you have more information on this subject I’d love to learn more.

Blessings,
Dan

Follow up to the Crataegus Post

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Baby pictures of a few Backcountry trees at Michael Hagedorn’s! This post is simply a (mostly photographic) follow up to Michael’s post featuring a few of our trees that we delivered before the Artisans Cup.

We’re very excited to have Michael and his students working some of our best trees. We hope there will be at least a few show winners in there, and we think Michael is one of the most talented artists in the country. It’s an honor to be working with him.🙂 Check out his work here: http://crataegus.com/portfolio/

ps.. sign up for his ‘Seasonals’ if you want to have a hand in working on these trees or many of his other amazing trees.😉 http://crataegus.com/seasonals/

Oh! And you’ll have a chance to buy these trees when they are ready! (Shameless plug… cough.. cough) — Just be patient… the trees have been in “feild training” for many years, and they have a few more years to go before it’s time to make thier debut at a show.

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What it looks like packing the beasts out:

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New Projects From Backcountry Bonsai-

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A preview of some conifer yamadori trees in queue for styling in the next couple of years at Crataegus Bonsai. Trees are courtesy of Backcountry Bonsai, the collecting duo of Steve Varland and Dan Wiederrecht. These six trees are Rocky Mountain junipers and Ponderosa pines, although Steve and Dan also collect Limber pine, Lodgepole pine, spruce, and fir. They are very careful and considerate collectors.

They have some good stories about collecting…once there was a mountain lion keeping an eye on them in the mountains while they collected…these trees come with a fair amount of physical and other kinds of sweating.

You can find them, their trees, and the mountain lion story on their website:

https://backcountrybonsai.wordpress.com/

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