vrijdag 21 april 2017

always more projects

More and more and more 'real homegrown'... always.
For future happy times :)

Horse Chestnut (Aesculus Hippocastaneum), from chestnut in 2011/2012
Bird Cherry (Prunus Padus), from juvenile material used for forestry purposes
Sycamore on rock (Acer Pseudoplatanus), from seedling
Sweet/Wild Cherry (Prunus Avium), from seedling

Another pre-Alder-bonsai

Another prebonsai common Alder, alnus glutinosa.

I waited for 'spring break' to see what new growth would appear where...
then last weekend I cleaned it out, so it can now properly start spring again.
Some gentle pushes, by using guy wires

Bijschrift toevoegen

First checkup and delicate wiring of young shoots.
From this year on, I hope to begin building the canopy a bit more.
In this small size, I sometimes prefer (depending on species) to guide the branchlets allreaydy at an early stage. Makes a difference in later ramification of the branch.

woensdag 15 maart 2017

Common Alder - branch bending

The recentely repotted Common Alder (alnus glutinosa) had two branches corrected today. Two bigger branches that could not really be bend with wire any more. I cut them to about half the branch width and then bent them. One I bent by forcing a wooden pen (recuperated branch from pruned plum) between two branches up to the point it closed the cut as good as possible. The other with thick wire on top secured with flexible tree binding rope and a guy wire.

zondag 12 maart 2017

Silver Birch ready for spring

No repotting, just a quick cleanup in these last weeks of winter. Mainly removing algi and moss from trunk and branches and remove about 1/2 cm of the substrate to tidy up the main roots, it looks better.
When the top has matured a bit more, it will get a 'nice' handmade pot.

Hawthorn, airlayered today. Roots were really going nowhere...
Perhaps now this one can get a nice glazed handmade pot in the future.

Started in 2007/2008 from not much more than the trunkline and a few branch stumps.
It was collected before by someone else, but this was just plain hedge quality material.

substrate used for airlayering: vermiculite + about 20% lava sand

common European Ash

About 25cm in height; The European Ash tree reaches heights of up to 40m in its natural environment.
Except ramification, I also need to thicken the top, I'll just prune very late in the top for that purpose. Besides that the rootbase is a big problem, there are practically no usefull roots on one side. So today I decided to airlayer it. Fingers crossed.