maandag 5 november 2018

Malus in mid summer

Malus, quite small size.

Building it back up since drastic cut back on trunk in 2013. Could also probably benefit from one or 2 years in wooden box with good fertilising. I'll consider in early spring next year.

A 'before' picture, how the tree looked as raw material in 2012. It has an ugly airlayer wound higher up the trunk and I bought it in discount.

Winterflowering cherry

in its new pot since this spring.
picture is from late summer
every year a good bunch of lovely flowers, from early winter to early spring

one of my earlier bonsai attempts, has always been built up in pot

Ulmus Laevis - fluttering elm

Quite rare species to find in nature, bound to specific conditions.
(picture from late summer)

Ulmus Laevis seedlings, for future project(s).
From seed, harvested from the tree in Walloon part of Belgium.

Rowan tree in fall colours

Small size, about 25 to 30cm
Trained from seedling back in 1997. Has never been grown in the ground, only in pot.
Don't expect lots of fine ramification with this species. For producing a bit more buds, it benefits from late but hard pruning back until more buds appear after few years. Expect only 1 or 2 new shoots on branches, no more. After years you will get a bit top heavy branches with twists very very close to each other, a bit like a pollarded tree.

Fall for the small Field Maple

Fall in my modestly sized Field Maple (acer campestre).

I'm rebuilding the top third of the tree since last year.

Once potbound, and with maturing trees, Field maple hardly produces more than one healthy growth a year. This can be quite challenging en nerve wrecking if you need structural rebuilding at one point or even with refining. I'm quite sure the tree would benefit from alternating with growing conditions, changing from one year in big wooden container and a year in bonsai pot, when the purpose is still building it up.

European Hornbeam - in progress

Carpinus Betulus, from a 'trunk' recuperated in 2012 from a hedge.

After several years in this big plastic pot that was reduced every 2years, I will move it to a wooden box this fall of in early spring next year. For at least another 2 or 3 seasons. Only after this it will be ready for its real first bonsai container.

The look I aim for is a 'veteran tree' bonsai.

The carved dead wood needs refining, this I will start next year. The wood has never been treated so far.

Alder - project tree in progress

One of the common black alders (Alnus glutinosa) in progress.
Moved to a wooden container for the next 2 years.
Inclination will be changed later.
Need more development of structural branches, and canopy needs to be broader for the look I am aiming at.