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  1. Eric Schrader

    Tree Transport Needed - SF to Wisconsin April-May 2021

    Hi All, Looking for a solution to transport 5 small-medium Japanese Black pine from San Francisco to near Madison Wisconsin in the next month. Have posted to UShip without any success. Not wanting to mail/UPS/FedEx because value of the plants is too high. Hoping to find: Someone driving...
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    2020 JBP Seed available

    Hi All, Just a quick note, I collected some JBP seed from my favorite parent tree, and am now making it available in small quantities on my website for sale. Use this code for $2 off: BNUTSEEDS Link below...
  3. Eric Schrader

    Ficus Nerifolia - stock tree(s)

    Hi Everyone, I'm looking for some stock of Ficus nerifolia to use for propagation. I know there are a lot of growers in Florida who have this, but I'm not allowed to bring material from Florida into California legally. Willing to pay reasonable prices, and I'm after something that has a lot...
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    Eric Schrader's JBP From Seed Contest Entry

    Hi All, I can't resist, somehow I'm addicted to growing them, even though I already have too many JBP in my yard...they're crowding out space from some great other species. So, here's my contest entry. 1. Seeds collected by Jonas Dupuich of Bonsai tonight from our favorite landscape tree...
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    Nine Things you might not know about JBP decandling...

    Alright, who am I kidding...most of you guys probably know all this already, but I wrote an article for my blog recently since it was on my mind. I think I decandled over 50 JBP's this year. The article includes not only a lot of details about decandling but also a short video that I made...
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    Michael Ryan Bell Video

    For those of you who are interested in pot collecting, and Japanese and Chinese bonsai pot information, I produced a short video segment of Michael Ryan Bell talking about some of the differences between cheap pots and pots by a few well-known Japanese makers. Here it is: I hope you enjoy...
  7. Eric Schrader

    Ryan Neil's "Unbridled" at the Portland Japanese Garden

    Hi All, I got a chance over the weekend to visit Ryan Neil's new installation at the Portland Japanese Garden. Anyone interested in a virtual look can check out the video on my blog. Otherwise, check it out in person through June 19th in Portland...
  8. Eric Schrader

    Post your Christmas Bonsai Trees!

    Okay, so we're having our annual bonsai club holiday party tonight here in San Francisco. I'm not a huge decorator when it comes to Christmas, but this was fun. Post your decorated trees!
  9. Eric Schrader

    Ryozo Nomura and Mas Ishi and Robert Harrington?

    Hi All, For those of you in California, particularly Southern California - I'm looking for some information and I think casting a wide net may be a good approach. In 2007 Bonsai Society of San Francisco member John Pennington penned a history article about the BSSF logo tree. The tree...
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    BSSF Show - San Mateo, CA now through Sunday

    For all of you in the greater San Francisco Bay Area - the Bonsai Society of San Francisco is currently exhibiting within the San Francisco Flower and Garden show at the San Mateo event center. The show is open through Sunday 10am-6pm. You do have to pay admission to the Garden show to see...
  11. Eric Schrader

    Spring Maple Foliage

    In the rest of the country people get nice fall foliage on Japanese maples, but here in San Francisco it doesn't get cold enough at night in the fall to make good foliage color. So, spring is the best color we get. I just walked by this tree this morning and couldn't help taking a photo...
  12. Eric Schrader

    Planning Some Displays for 2015

    I've just finished all my show prep for the 2015 BIB show happening this weekend in Oakland, CA. Unlike years passed, I'm showing more than a couple trees and this year I have not put enough effort into the entire display thoughts process. So this afternoon I took the 5 small and medium...
  13. Eric Schrader

    Been Wiring Some Bunjin Pines

    There was a time when I didn't spend all fall wiring black pines....but that was before I had so many. I've been wiring all these tall skinny ones that came from my friend Randall's collection. A large one before: and after: A medium size one before: Half way...
  14. Eric Schrader

    JBP - Aaron's Mikawa

    This little tree has been around my yard for a while. My friend Aaron bought it in 2006 as a recently-chopped back young tree from John Thompson (jtbonsai, he's in the Midori club in San Jose). Aaron loved working on bonsai, but got too busy to keep up with it so he sold this tree to me in...
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    Old little JBP - has it really been ten years?

    People seem to enjoy the long-term progression threads; Here is one that is less dramatic in the size of the trunk than the seedlings; it's more a slow progression of refinement of JBP branching. I just finished cleaning it up for the fall and wiring and adjusting the crown. The tree...
  16. Eric Schrader

    A little Arroyo Willow

    At least that's my best guess what this tree is. It volunteered in one of my accent plant pots something like 7-9 years ago. I didn't take it very seriously at first, but I did put some movement in the trunks. It sets little willow flowers in the spring if the previous years growth...
  17. Eric Schrader

    Monterey Cypress from Seed

    I've been trying to move along some of my Monterey Cypresses in the last couple months. Spent some free time over the last few days wiring this one. More photos etc on my blog.
  18. Eric Schrader

    Unconventional Display in a conventional setting

    Thought I might ask for opinions and reactions on this display that I put together for our spring show. The display was within the context of a larger bonsai show that had a traditional white table and backdrop. The bonsai show is also within the larger context of a flower and garden show...
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    BSSF Spring show photos (embedded)

    Thought I would post a few of my favorite trees from our 2014 Spring show. California Buckeye, probably about 30" tall: Coast Redwood, about 12" tall: Monterey Cypress, about 11" tall: Shimpaku raft, 37 years from a cutting, about 18" tall: Juniper ssp, 5 years in...
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    2014 BIB Display planning

    I'll be exhibiting this weekend at the Bay Island Bonsai show in Oakland, CA. For the exhibit I have three trees, one is a large juniper that I posted earlier this week and the other two are in a display together. The theme for this year's exhibit is "Born in the USA" so there will be no...
  21. Eric Schrader

    Old landscape juniper, grafted.

    I got this landscape juniper from a friend in 2008. It was in a giant wash tub having been dug out of a yard in the east bay. When it was dug out a bunch of large branches were cut off. By the time I got it some large sections of the trunk were dead, all the better for a juniper. 2008...
  22. Eric Schrader

    I should know this....

    But I can't quite put my finger on what this tree is: I've seen it before, seems to be tropical, compound leaf with 5-9 leaflets. For reference regarding the bark the tree pictured is over 30 years as a bonsai according to its owner.
  23. Eric Schrader

    Small Collected Utah Juniper

    I collected this tree in the fall of of 2005 from the mountains of Eastern California. I dug two small trees on that trip and both survived and are doing well. Utah Junipers have a coarse foliage compared to Chinese Juniper, the needles are something like 10 times the size and thus...
  24. Eric Schrader

    9-year progression, large JBP

    I got this JBP from an former club member in the San Francisco club in October of 2004. When I got it it had been sitting on the ground for a few years and the roots had escaped into the soil. The tree was strong and growing a large wide canopy. I only have one photo of it from the...
  25. Eric Schrader

    Valley Oak, Q. Lobata from acorns

    I think I promised some time ago to post a few photos of valley oaks that I've been growing for the past 7 years. I collected the acorns in the fall of 2004 and planted them on the occasion of my son's birth, in March 2005. I can't say that the results so far really impress me. I grew...
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