donderdag 4 mei 2017

Hornbeam - update may 4th 2017

Just an update, a picture
After some late frost a good week ago, it has restarted its spring.

Somewhere end of May I'll check for pruning and wiring.

Downy Birch - prebonsai²

most likely Downy Birch (betula pubescens), or a natural hybrid between Silver Birch (betula pendula) and Downy Birch.

Harvested in from between the tiles alongside the border of a pavement and a building plot, in 2012.
It did not really recover good in the next 2 years, but suddenly it regained vigour. Second year in trainingpot now.

I've cut a top brach (sacrifice branch) and bent the remaining bracht into a new top last week.
Two days ago I carved the old trunk chop cut a bit. Just roughly, and then I put some perforated microwave plastic around the wound, to prevent it from drying out too fast. It will stay on 1 or 2 months, this will also help faster callousing.

Obviously, this is a prebonsai² (pre pre bonsai)

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.