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Fujikawa Kouka-en, Refinement Techniques, Styling

Satsuki Azaleas

The creation and refinement of satsuki azalea bonsai basically put Kouka-en on the bonsai map.  Kouka-en means “Light Feeling of Flower Garden”.  While we don’t currently have many azaleas now, many of the best satsuki bonsai in the world came through Kouka-en during the “Satsuki Boom”.  The only satsuki here[...]

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Day Trips, Fujikawa Kouka-en

Wisteria Bonsai

  With the dog days of summer upon us (in the Northern Hemisphere), it seemed like a good time to share a trip I took this Spring to immerse myself in the world of wisteria viewing.  Much like bamboo displays, wisteria bonsai have a light and cooling feeling.  Anyone who[...]

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Fujikawa Kouka-en, Progressions, Styling

Pinus densiflora Styling

Some of the clients at Kouka-en have species and styles they gravitate towards.  We have one customer who tends to buy the largest pine bonsai we have in stock a few times a year to account for something……  Another client loves bizarre exposed root bonsai.  In early June, a client[...]

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Fujikawa Kouka-en

A few kusamono

  I  keep talking about kusamono with friends so felt like posting a few.  A few things to consider about kusamono (which literally translated means “weed thing”). Ninety-nine percent of the time, an immature feeling is not desirable when displaying kusamono as a companion plant in bonsai display.  The feeling[...]

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Fujikawa Kouka-en, Refinement Techniques, Styling

Stewartia monadelpha

While this species is not exactly easy to find outside of Japan, let alone as bonsai, the techniques presented here with some minor tweaks work for many deciduous tree species.  Stewartia monadelpha, aka Himeshara,  is also just plain cool so here goes….. One day I hope this species is as[...]

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