Friday, February 28, 2014

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Iker Bonsai Pot Planted

Pictures from Lakeshore Bonsai






Good Video and Information on Ficus Bonsai

Ran across an excellent video and information regarding Bonsai Ficus.  Thought I'd share.  This comes from Oscar over at Bonsai Empire.  You can access direct by clicking link above or follow the following link.  www.bonsaiempire.com/tree-species/ficus

Friday, October 25, 2013

Here She Comes

I woke up this morning to the first real freeze of the season. It came with a crispy coating of frozen rain. Winter has once again announced her arrival.  For me she is always an unannounced out of town guest.

We left the last garden vegetables one day too long.  The gutters should have been cleaned out a few weeks ago.  My overly optimistic list of outdoor projects is going to have to wait another year.  My overly optimistic list of indoor projects will erase its memory.  The shorter days will drive me into the studio to build inventory for the holidays and next spring.  Frankly the only real tinge of excitement for me regarding the change of seasons is the holidays.  This years Christmas pottery gifts are well underway.  Got a little overzealous this year, but I do love Christmas and everyone always seems pleased with the pottery gift.

Time to take advantage of every decent day and get the critical things done.  Preparing bonsai for winter is a must do.  You may have winter hardy outdoor trees but they are not out there growing wild; they are contained in a pot.  They will need protection from the wind, excess water, lack of water, and critters.   Be sure to check each pot for proper drainage.  Poke around on the bottom holes and be sure they are not clogged so water can make its way out.

I've been doing things a little differently over the past couple of winters and that is to pop some of my trees out of their pot and heal them into the dirt in a protected part of the garden.  You want to be sure they are done growing so they don't reroot and be sure you get them back in their pots early in the spring before any hint of growth take place.  Ive been pretty pleased with the results.

Over there --> in the right column I have an article on Winter Protection for your Bonsai that talks a little more about winter protection.      

Saturday, September 21, 2013

New Website Will Require a New User Account

The new site has been up for a few days. I've received a lot of compliments and a few criticisms. Appreciate both. It takes a while for the site to populate servers around the world.  I made a few chages to the menu structure so it will be a little more obvious how to navigate. The site will be a work in progress for a while longer. If you see something you don't like, let me know. I can't guarantee I can get it fixed right away but it gives me an idea of what needs work.

One particular thing I hated about the host move is that I was unable to move my client and sales records into the new site dashboard.  All of that data was encrypted, and should be, so moving it was not possible. So, I would very much appreciate you logging on and setting up a new account. The new site will allow checkout as a guest but I 'd really prefer that you have an account set up. I guard my client's emails and information closely. You'll not receive any spam or unwanted emails.

I have purchased a SSL certificate with the highest level of data protection encryption available. The certificate is posted on the home page. The site and your information is safe and secure.
Still at: www.ikerbonsaipots.com

Friday, September 13, 2013

Michael Hylton, California

Michael Hylton sent me this picture of his pomegranate in a rustic IBP pot. Very nice pairing. Michael is a member of the East Bay Bonsai Society http://www.eastbaybonsai.org/.
Thanks, Michael!

 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Mike Horine, Colorado

Mike has been a great client for years. I have reached a point where I can just about pick the pots Mike will purchase because they are usually personal favorites of mine. As you can see in these pictures Mike is not only a talented Bonsai artist but he has a unique flair for bold but elegant pot/tree pairings. This first green pot would not work for a lot of trees but as you can see Mike nailed it. The tree is a Beauty Bush. I believe Mike also made the stand.


This bonsai is a grape from Oregon. The accent pot is an Iker pot. He won his club's 2013 emerging artists award for this landscape.

Im really looking forward to seeing more of Mike's work.