vrijdag 3 april 2020

Wych Elm with threadgraft

Early spring appearing in one of my 2 small Wych Elm projects that I started up from raw material in april 2019.

I made a threadgraft last year in late spring/early summer so this year will be deciding. I expect I will be able to cut off the donor branch somewhere in mid to late summer. We'll see.

Yup, another 10-year project. I'll stop starting those up in 10years or so but for now that still makes me happy.

Have fun, stay safe, take care...#corona

dinsdag 31 maart 2020

Rowan (Sorbus Aucuparia) first ever bloom

First ever bloom, allbeit very scarce :D in my homegrown little Rowan tree (sorbus aucuparia).
This tiny thing (about 25cm) is one of my very first bonsai attempst, from a harvested seedling back in 1996 or 1997 I think. It was never grown in the ground pot potted up, like a true beginner.

It is what it is, hardly any wiring, always by pruning, and pruning some more because Rowan does need a bit more drastic pruning if you want more than a few straight branches that go straight up like a rocket.

Birch bonsai awakening for spring 2020

The birch goes on...
Seedling 2008, chopped and potted up in 2011 and starting regrowing and training.

Many years ago, someone on IBCforum was persistant in the fact that birch don't last longer than 8 years in pot. Well, I can stop praying now? :-)
Yes, offcourse a bonsai needs works, even when it's 'done' there will come a time you need to start over a bit, rethink, redesign... especially with broadleaved native trees.

dinsdag 31 december 2019

Hazel - update dec 2019

a hazel (corylus avellana) clump, in quite modest size.
you could also call this is a project, still many years ahead before it will look more naturalistic, the goal is a broader wavy canopy, somewhat like a hazel bush on top of a hill/rock/high ground beside a road.

Alder project tree - update dec 2019

Spent its first year in this wooden box. Another 2 to 3 to go.
This alder (alnus glutinosa) was dug out several years ago on grounds that where to be transformed in a parking lot for the nearby warehouse.
These are just fun, little and honest projects.
I can play with inclination later, it could reveal a special look.

zaterdag 2 november 2019

Birch in fall

Betula Pendula. Just another update, fall 2019. Definitely needs repotting in late winter. Always make sure not to repot too late, with birch, especially if you're allready started ramification. Sapstream comes very soon with this one.

Whych Elm - update fall 2019

Just started this Ulmus Glabra from raw material this spring. Its quite small size. Chopped it down, cut almost everything, repotted it, so only next year vigour will start to come back.
You can see a threadgraft as well, I'll leave in on until at least midsummer next year and will only remove it when I'm sure.