dinsdag 25 oktober 2016

Alder after 1 year pond basket - Autumn 2016

One of my 4 common European Alders (Alnus Glutinosa) after 1 year in a pond basket and 2 to 3 seasons in my garden after harvesting. All finer branches are new since this year. Obviously, I'm building it up, and I will continue using sacrifice branches here and there. Another +/- 2 years vigourous growth ahead before ramification can 'really' begin.
I guess you can allready see how this will evolve

I love Alders, did you notice yet?

Autumn 2016 portraits: Field Maple, Two Birches, Crab Apple, Rowan

Just a few autumn pictures of last weekend.
Many of the trees still bonsai-to-be

1. Field Maple (about 22 - 23 years old): in ramification process, and with several rootgrafts still on.

2. My most developped Silver Birch, so far that is.

3. Crab Apple, free growth this year (second flush untrimmed). Lots op building up ahead.

4. common European Rowan, harvested in april 2014. Very small size, building it up ...

5. The other Birch (probably Betula Pubescens). Harvested a few years ago, longterm project

zondag 4 september 2016

Ulmus Procera project

The 'Ulmus that could never satisfy me' has finally been transformed in a big project. This year I allready airlayered it, and this has succeeded very well. There are plenty of new roots and at the new root'base' (airlayer spot) there allready is visible swelling/thickening.
Next spring it will land in my garden, probably in the ground but lifted up in a wooden box surrounding it to better control rooting. For what I intend to realize with this tree I need a trunk size of 2 to 3 times the size it is now. So, strong and uncontrolled growth will be needed, but I will try to realize this only with sacrifice branches in the top because this 'top' will become dead wood again later on. I made a very quick ballpoint-virtual, and used mainly the existing branches. These branches are very flexible still and when planted out next spring the will allready get guy wires or limited wiring to get a good start (which will be removed as soon as possible again).
Walter Pall would perhaps call my virtual a 'fairy tale style' but I like to call it grotesk realism (referring to Bachtin and Rabelais), just like some ancient veteran trees...

Timing? Thickening it enough for my purposes will take anywhere from 3 to 5 years? Another 5 years to further build branches? Time is on my side...yes it is.

FOR SALE: 30 year old Birch

For Sale, a +/- 30 year old Birch (Betula Pendula).
Has been repotted this year in a pond basket. Has not been pruned this year, in order to thicken some new branches and let the tree gain vigour. Two or three more years ahead to get thicker and more branch structure. Has got a good future as a weeping style birch in (semi)cascade and crescent pot. A small second trunk in development (see low branch low left). Has a very broad trunk/root base (about 20cm) almost like a clump (carving fun?). A lava rock has been bound underneath the rootball, for more accent in future crescent pot (or you can just get rid of it again offcourse). I part with this one because I have other/more projects and allready have 2 birches.

Good about this tree: interesting deadwood feature to further refine / good potential as (semi)cascade in two-trunk weeping style.

Asking price: 150 EUR (open to discuss your 'best' offer).

NO shipment

woensdag 31 augustus 2016

2 Alders cleanup 30th August 2016

And, after 2 to 3 more weeks growth, two of my Common European Alders (glutinosa) got a bit of a cleanup. Very happy with the results I got in only 4 months time from lifting them up from the garden into their first pot/basket. And, some more weeks to go, this Alder species still grows through the month of september (allbeit more modestly).

maandag 29 augustus 2016

European Hornbeam - update 29th August 2016

Last update was 19th May 2016.
European Hornbeam, carpinus betulus, harvested from a 20yo hedge in 2012.

This was its first pruning this season, growth had allready stopped for 2 or 3 weeks. This year and next 2 years is all about letting the main brances thicken. So, pruning is left aside until after the end of the growing season. Little wiring done.

Top needs finishing, deadwood needs finishing,...all in due time, not a priority for now.

In 3 to 5 years a nice pot could be possible? A rough 'normal' pot, or maybe a rough slab-like pot.

And, back in May 2012:

A very rough virtual, made in febr 2013:

dinsdag 16 augustus 2016

- In between things -

What do I do in between things...

Starting my first selfbow ever. I want to craft a (or several) true longbow(s). Feels like a 2nd hobby may be lurking. The wood is Robinia, which I cut in january. The wood preferably needs to (air)dry first. Now I've split the trunk and again let it dry a few weeks or months. Next comes the shaping/carving of the stave. Crafting a longbow is quite a processus, you need the right part of the wood, splitting technique, sap wood vs heart wood etc.

Fun times, especially in summer.