dinsdag 17 april 2018

bonsai shelves in the garden

First ever bonsai shelves in my garden since we moved in back in autumn 2008.
You see, I'm just an amateur :-). Some more shelving to do, and then I'll add a few trunk logs to put some more trees on. Limited space available in my limited garden, for proper presentation.
I perhaps like the growing field and the little corners here and there more, where everything is growing and still 'becoming'. But, my wife is happy the garden table is now free of trees and spoiled substrate.

maandag 9 april 2018

Sorbus upcoming leaves

Sorbus aucuparia.

Soon the overal image of this very small tree will be completely ruined again by all the top shoots that grow rapidly straight up. Not an easy species to grow from seedling, don't bet on lots of ramification. Needs a lot of grow and cut cycli to get more buds on the branches.

redcurrant in leaf

Redcurrant, one of the first to get in leaf.
Lots and lots of tiny green flower buds appearing.

I removed a lot of moss around the roots, I could hardly see those little roots-over-rock any more.


'Make bonsai great again'


Prunus flowers almost gone

Prunus Subhirtella autumnalis (var. Rosea).

Flowers almost gone (flowers from mid or late Fall to early Spring), making way from the upcoming leaves.

sowing wild Plum

Harvested last fall during a hike.
Germinating seeds from what supposed to be wild Plum.
This is how some of my project-trees begin their life.
After one year, I transplant into the ground for several years obviously.

I don't think I would still do this at later age, especially wild slow growers like Plum...

zondag 8 april 2018

Hornbeam - some carving

My hornbeam that I'm attempting to 'veteran-tree' style.
Spent an hour with the Dremel 'redecorating' the dead wood on the top.
Rather hard wood, even after quite some time of weathering.
Not 100% finished , but the bulk is done.
Now, more weathering... I don't know when I will finaly use some sealant to stop further/delay further decaying. It seems I must decide on accepting it will maybe never 100% satisfy me.

Buds are beginning to open.

Carving wounds on Alders

Spent 1 or 2 hours carving wounds of 3 of my Alders.
All done with a Dremel, it was easy because the wounds had been decaying for several years.
Aftercare needed here and there, and I will apply 'some' sealant, after it has weathered a bit, maybe end of this season of next year.

Malus flowers almost open

Malus flowering abundantly, just days away from opening.

Project-tree started in 2013 from prebonsai material that was more than twice the height it is now. Chopped, carved, and all branches are new.