Sunday, November 15, 2015

Restart of Acer buergerianum

This Acer buergerianum was imported from South Korea. The tree was healthy and in solid condition but had many wounds all over the trunk, the front side had a weak nebari and considering the fact that soil didn't absorb water normally, it was obvious that the tree was not repoted for a long time. My conclusion was that the tree was neglected for a longer time so I decided that I will rebuild it from scratch and make it a learning with experience lesson for myself.

Acer buergerianum - 2014

Acer buergerianum - 2014

The first step was repoting in spring. When i took the tree out of the pot I found out that the roots have grown around the pot several times because there was no more space in the pot. Even with this variety which is tolerant to all kind of stress this would soon affect the health of the tree. So my advise if you buy trees from resellers, even if they tell you that it is ready to be styled, don't take the risk and at least check the roots before you start to work on the tree. 

Roots before repoting

For the first step the plan was to make the tree as strong as possible so the wounds would close faster. Because of this I decided to plant the tree in a bigger but shallow pot and prepared an aggressive feeding plan. In combination with the aggressive feeding regime the branches ware left almost free to grow and in one growing season some wounds between 2 and 3 cm diameter almost completely closed.

Last week at the weekly workshop where bonsai friends work together at Janez's place I decided to make a branch selection of primary branches and the first very basic styling. 

In the next season the plan is to continue closing the wounds and start to work on the nebari improvement. The last photo shows the current stage of the tree after one year of development.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Carpinus betulus in authum colours

Carpinus betulus yamadori 5 years in training.
Pot: John Pitt

Carpinus betulus

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Taxus yamadori first styling

This Taxus yamadori joined my collection as a gift from a very dear friend and finally it was time to make the first styling.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Juniper (urban yamadori) progress 2009-2015

Juniper urban yamadori - 2009-09 

First styling - 2010-09

Second styling - 2011-03









Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Giareda 2015 and workshop with Enrico Savini

What can be better than that....three friends spend three great days in Italy with other bonsai enthusiasts. On the first day we had a workshop with Enrico Savini and the learning process that never ends goes on.

Rajkos Pine before the styling

For the rest of the trip we attended
 the Giareda event where lots of workshops took place and next to that an exhibition on a quite hi level took place. Some tree from the exhibition are in the photos below.

Rajkos Pine after the styling

Pinus sylvestris before the styling

Pinus sylvestris after the first styling

Enricos Pine before the styling

Enricos Pine after the styling