About

Welcome to my website! I am an amateur bonsai enthusiast located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I have been practicing bonsai since 2004, and it seems that as each year passes I become increasingly obsessed. Over the years I have had the opportunity to learn bonsai from a number of excellent teachers in Canada, the United States, and Japan. I decided to start this website to help me document the progress of my trees and hopefully to share Canadian bonsai with the world.

In the last few years, my primary focus has shifted towards species that are native to Ontario including Thuja occidentalis (Arborvitae/Eastern White Cedar), Larix laricina (Tamarack/American Larch), Potentilla fruiticosa (Shrubby Cinquefoil), Picea glauca (White Spruce), and Pinus banksia (Jack Pine), however I also work with a variety of non-native trees, mostly procured as nursery stock during my earlier years in bonsai.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me

13 Responses

  1. Great blog, I look forward to following your exploits. I’ve added you to my favourite blog list.

    Regards

    Ian

    March 4, 2012 at 11:19 am

    • Thanks Ian – right back at you 🙂

      March 4, 2012 at 11:25 am

  2. Crust

    Very nice blog. Like the style and structure.My storage facility is still frozen here so I am in prep mode still. I wired a bunch of dormant larches this winter and yes I set branches too. Do you ever wire cedars in winter?

    March 4, 2012 at 11:48 am

    • Hi Crust – thanks for the kind words!

      I rarely wire anything in winter, mainly because I winter my trees in the ground and they are frozen solid usually until mid march. If I could get them out, I would start wiring and keep them in the garage, but probably would avoid any heavy bending. Although they could probably take it. After all, in their natural environment, cedars, larch, spruce, etc are designed to be crushed by ice and snow all winter. The worst I could throw at them would probably amound to a swedish massage 🙂

      March 4, 2012 at 12:05 pm

      • Crust

        Not Thai though I suppose. So you said jack pine in your focus shift blurb. Do you have any?

        March 4, 2012 at 12:33 pm

        • Yup I have several in my compost pile. I’ve found them quite difficult to extract successfully from the areas I collect from, even with a decent root ball. Nevertheless, some of my bonsai buddies have stunning examples, so I’m not ready to give up yet. I will keep you posted as I continue my battle with this stubborn species.

          March 4, 2012 at 12:43 pm

  3. Crust

    Ahh yes. Funny, my most spectacular trees also reside in my compost pile. Some jack pines are in there too.

    March 4, 2012 at 3:39 pm

  4. great blog! can’t wait to see what else you have in store for us! I like you claim to a “small collection of 40 some trees”…funny. To someone like me who has only become interested in this in the past year it seems like an unmanageable number.

    July 24, 2012 at 3:49 pm

  5. Scotty Allen

    Just recently found this blog, a great source of information. I have just been interested in bonsai for a couple of years and have only a few trees. I have a larch that is threatening to take over its pot and possibly my yard if I don’t soon do some serious pruning but I am deathly afraid to start cutting. Hoping to see hints and ideas here. I’ll be at the TBS show next Saturday, maybe meet in person.

    June 1, 2013 at 10:53 am

  6. lance

    have you found since your interest in bonsai that you notice a true beauty in the native trees in Ontario?!
    since my interest I can’t help but be amazed at nature’s beauty. even as I child I have always marveled at the northern white pine of Ontario, my goal this year is to find a sapling and begin the process of bonsai on this northern giant. have you ever seen a white pine as a bonsai?

    January 15, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    • LSBonsai

      That’s one of the best parts of bonsai!

      Yes, I’ve seen some P. strobus bonsai. They are not easy to do well but every Ontarian dreams about making a white pine bonsai. Unfortunately they don’t backbud well, are hard to find collected specimens, needles don’t reduce well, and seem to be susceptible to some unknown fungal/needle cast issue. I’ve seen lots of weak looking EWP bonsai.

      January 27, 2014 at 9:03 pm

  7. Richard

    hi
    I have been trying to purchase a satsuki azalea bonsai for about a year now, cannot find anyone in Canada who sells this. Do you know of anyone who does?
    It would be greatly appreciated if you could help.
    Puzzled in Orillia
    Thank you
    Richard
    P.S. The Black Pine seedlings are doing very well.

    January 27, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    • LSBonsai

      Hi Richard,

      Glad to hear the seedlings are doing well. I’m not sure of anyone who sells Satsuki. A guy in the Toronto club used to propagate lots and sell young plants but I don’t think he is doing it any more. Once in a while a specimen comes up for sale from a private collection but that is a “right place, right time” kind of deal. That’s how I got mine.

      January 27, 2014 at 9:00 pm

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