The ‘Helix Root’ Limber Pine Styling-

Steve and Jim (A friend and local club member in WY) just returned from a Seasonal with Michael Hagedorn. Here’s a bit of what they were up to. This Limber Pine is one that Steve collected several years ago. It turned out great, and I’m excited to watch it develop! I wish I could have been there. Maybe next time! 🙂

Michael Hagedorn

Until a couple of years ago, I’d never worked with Limber Pine, one of our North American white pines. It’s growing on me. Buds back well, nice short needle, strong. Has a nice name, Limber Pine, which comes more trippingly off the tongue than Loblolly Pine, for instance. And it has great deadwood features.

This Limber Pine was styled in a Seasonal Workshop a couple of weeks ago. It was collected by a student of mine, Steve Varland of Backcountry Bonsai, who was able to be in the Seasonal to help style it. Loads of fun!

Photo essay follows our journey with this tree-

DSC_0267 Limber Pine from one side…

DSC_0270 …and from the other side.

DSC_0271 And a couple of shots of the base, with the ‘helix’ roots.

DSC_0273 Other side.

DSC_0300 We discovered that a large area of the trunk was dead. That is, not obviously dead. We might call it ‘pre-shari’…

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A bunjin Ponderosa pine gets a new look-

Michael and his students did a great job on this pondy! (Originally collected by Steve! An official Backcountry Bonsai tree!!!) I can’t wait to see it with more ramification, and in a pot!

Michael Hagedorn

Here’s a photo essay of a Ponderosa pine styling that we did last month with a few Seasonal students-


The pine after some cleanup on the deadwood, but before doing anything else. The next three photos are each turned another 90 degrees.




This was our favorite front. Avoiding the long slow curves, the trunk comes toward the front near the top and the line was the most un-S-curve-like one we could find.


Tom and Steve cleaning the deadwood, which had some dead bark attached.


Chris cleaning the trunk. It took us a good six hours to prep this tree, but only one hour to actually wire it.


Bobby got in on the action too-


Totally wired tree, at our chosen front, before setting the branches. We kept spraying the lime sulfured areas lightly to release the yellow sulfur.


After branch setting, 33″/84 cm high. Most of the sulfur was gone…

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2013 Virtual Tour of Crataegus Bonsai

Here’s a post from Michael to give you all a glimpse of where Steve and I’ve been taking classes. I’ll have a post together about our last seasonal soon. We love it there, and always learn a lot! Enjoy!

Michael Hagedorn

It’s been a year since sharing photos of my yard. The moss garden, which definitely takes a pause in the full sun here in Portland, Oregon, USA, is taking off again now with the helpful rains. It has a bald spot in the middle where I originally had a nice crop of Kinnikinnick growing, but it turned out to be a haven for weeds. So now the moss is colonizing that area.

Otherwise, there is only one thing blooming on the accent bench this late in the year, a Birdsfoot Violet. And fall color is just beginning to show up on the deciduous trees. Enjoy!

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