Literati Juniper styling

Below details the styling of a Juniper that was originally a very plain informal upright with a few problematic branches on the lower and mid trunk. I decided to completely restyle it, repotting it on an angle and developing it into a literati… Unfortunately I can’t find the original image of it as an informal upright, so the first image below is halfway through …

Twisted Pines of the West Coast

Below are a few images of some incredibly twisted pines that grow along the wild West Coast, serving up some fantastic inspiration for bonsai styling… Windswept Ponderosa and Radiata pine on hilltop. Old pines showing the unrelenting conditions of the west coast. Twisty Ponderosa pine. Taipa walking underneath helping show the scale of these, some only 2 – 3 metres in height. Superbly twisted Maritime pine (pinus pinaster). Stunted …

Dwarf Rata

Below is a before and after styling of a Dwarf NZ Rata, Metrosideros Carminea. It actually grows as a vine, unlike it’s full size cousin the Northern Rata (M. robusta), occuring in coastal and low land forest. It has beautiful miniature pohutukawa like red flowers during spring & summer, and thus takes on the look of a miniature pohutukawa when grown …