Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Stolen trees !!!

The trees on the pictures below ware stolen from a bonsai colleagues garden in Ljubljana (Slovenia). All together 21 trees ware stolen in one night so it seems that it was well organized and it is possible that the tree will surface as trees for sale. 

If someone will get an offer for sale for this trees or will see the trees anywhere, please send me an e-mail: or call the owner: 00386 41 690 974.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Juniper urban yamadori

This juniper was collected as a urban yamadori in 2009 and since then the tree is developing with a nice pace. I was looking for a new pot for this tree but until this spring I could not find the "right one", so I decided that I can at least change the position in the old pot and give the tree a new spring "haircut". 

Juniper urban yamadori 2014
(on the small photo the tree in 2009)

Next to finding the right pot, my goal in the next stages, is to develop the lower left branch and work on some details on the crown and on the deadwood.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Juniper Sabina

This tree became a part of my collection in spring 2013. Its a quite big Juniperus Sabina yamadori collected in Spain in 2010. The tree is very dynamic, it has a lots of interesting features, many possible points of interest and offers a number of different design possibilities.

Juniper Sabina when it arrived

The first year the tree was left to rest and no work was performed. I only watered the tree and fed the tree aggressive wit lots of fertilizer. Because the tree showed good health and lost of strength I decided to make the first step and changed the position. While transplanting the tree I replaced all the old soil with pure pumice and because the collector made a great job, the root ball was nicely developed, I had no problems or huge risk while transplanting the tree. Janez also helped me so it was more or less a walk in the park.

Juniper Sabina before the change of position

The current position is not the final one but it is going in the right direction. Now after the tree was transplanted I know exactly the state of the roots and substrate and my plan is to develop a stronger root ball and after that, in the next step, the tree will be transplanted in a more upright position, most probably in the first training pot.

Juniper Sabina after the change of position

This year I will leave the tree to rest again, study the design possibilities and make the decision about the dilemma of grafting new branches to improve the structure and foliage in the future.

Juniper Sabina nebari

Juniper Sabina detail

Juniper Sabina detail

Juniper Sabina twisted live vain

Monday, April 7, 2014

Carpinus Betulus in first pot

A couple of weeks ago I repoted my Hornbeam (Carpinus Betulus) in its first bonsai pot made by John Pitt. The position of the tree in the pot is far from OK, but at this point it was impossible to plant the tree in a better position. 

Carpinus Betulus 2014-04

Its a pleasure to see how the tree developed from spring 2010 when I collected it in a nearby forest.

Carpinus Betulus before collecting in 2010