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Bending Big Branches by Notching

Jul 5th, 2011 | By
Bending Big Branches by Notching

Last week, Teacher Wong demonstrated how to bend thick branches of a Brazilian Cherry bonsai tree by notching. “So, what is notching?” you probably will ask. Notching is a technique of bending a branch by cutting a “V” shape across the width of the branch and bend it into position Notching is especially useful for bending thick branches.



Zhong Kui – The Ghostbuster in Chinese and Japanese Mythology

Jun 30th, 2011 | By
Zhong Kui – The Ghostbuster in Chinese and Japanese Mythology

Only until recently have I learned from a Japanese bonsai friend that Zhong Kui (鍾馗 in Chinese) is not only a well-known mythology character in Chinese culture, but also in the Japanese culture. Well, I shouldn’t be too surprised since there is so much in common between the two cultures.



Buddhist Pine

Jun 14th, 2011 | By
Buddhist Pine

Podocarpus macrophyllus is one of the first few bonsai tree species that I learned about when I first put my feet in the bonsai world. Podocarpus macrophyllus is native to China and Japan. While the tree is called Kasamaki or Inumaki in Japanese, Podocarpus macrophyllus is also commonly called as Buddhist Pine, a literal translation of the tree’s Chinese name – Luo Han Song (羅漢松).



Can’t Wait! Want My Bonsai Trees Grow Faster!

May 31st, 2011 | By
Can’t Wait! Want My Bonsai Trees Grow Faster!

As you may know, I have a piece of 10 x 10 square feet land and a rack in the bonsai workshop (for more, check out the post My Bonsai Land Update – What is the Black Cloth for? and More Bonsai Trees on My Rack). I am growing a few big trees that need thicker trunks and more branch in the ground and putting the rest of my trees on the rack…



Lingnan Penjing Show in Daliang China

May 24th, 2011 | By
Lingnan Penjing Show in Daliang China

With other committee members of Institute of Lingnan Penjing Hong Kong, I attended the Lingnan penjing (meaning: Southern bonsai) show which was hosted by 大良盆景協會 (literal translation: Daliang Penjing Association) earlier this month. It was amazing to see so many beautiful southern style penjing all put together in one place.



The Characteristic of Chinese Lingnan Penjing

May 17th, 2011 | By
The Characteristic of Chinese Lingnan Penjing

What is Lingnan penjing? What are there in Lingnan penjing that are so different from other penjing schools? What is the “Grow and Clip” method? These are the topics Teacher Wong talked about in my first Lingnan penjing class two years ago, and now I would like to share with you



How to Appreciate Chinese Lingnan Penjing

May 10th, 2011 | By
How to Appreciate Chinese Lingnan Penjing

I am currently working hard on building the official website of Institute of Lingnan Penjing, Hong Kong and have just finished the post about how to appreciate Chinese Lingnan Penjing (“Lingnan” means Southern, “penjing” is bonsai in Chinese).



Zhuge Liang (Kong Ming) – The Crouching Dragon

May 5th, 2011 | By
Zhuge Liang (Kong Ming) – The Crouching Dragon

From time to time, I receive emails from customers asking me for more details about the few figurines of significant Chinese historical characters that are now selling in Happy Bonsai Shop. Some of these figurines are the most popular characters in Chinese history.



Lingnan Penjing – Introduced in South China Morning Post

Apr 27th, 2011 | By
Lingnan Penjing – Introduced in South China Morning Post

Check out this article in South China Morning Post which introduces penjing (bonsai in Chinese) and the resources available in Hong Kong for those who are interested in learning penjing in this bustling rambunctious, cramped city.



Elaeagnus – The Silverberry

Apr 19th, 2011 | By
Elaeagnus – The Silverberry

I have two rooted Elaeagnus conferta (胡颓子in Chinese) on my bonsai table. I have never given them much thought, but only until recently, my interest in this tree aroused when I saw a beautiful twin trunk Elaeagnus conferta in the bonsai collection of Mr. Wu Cheng-Fa, Chairman of Hong Kong Penjing and Artstone Society.