maandag 16 oktober 2017

More Fall

Fall is not a boring season for a bonsaïsto.
It is an exciting time as well as a relaxing time. Exciting to see colours appear, to see leaves fall, to see buds preparing for winter, to see mushrooms and moss thrive.
And, a time to relax and look back on the growing season... has it resulted in enough growth, more branches. Following the development over the years is big fun. Even if you have mainly prebonsai and it takes years to build up trees before refining and maturing can even start.

I love fall. I love native species in fall.

Common Alder: 2 years in pot (of which 1 year in pond basket)

pretty good spreading of the branches

Another Common Alder: I really like the trunk shape and natural feel of the branch structure. I will love training this one in the years to come

again Common Alder: second year in pot. This one seems to develop a bit slower. The growth is not as strong as with the other Alders. Perhaps it needs more pot. 

European Rowan Tree (Sorbus Aucuparia). Harvested in april 2015. 
Since this year in proper bonsai pot, but needs a lot more ramification.

Small Rowan tree in Fall colours

The smallest one of my two (european) Rowan trees (Sorbus Aucuparia) in fall colour.
Never say native species can't compete with exotic species when it comes to fall colours.

maandag 9 oktober 2017

Birch and Field Maple in the fall

Silverbirch (Betula Pendula), 'homegrown' from seedling in 2008.
Field Maple (Acer Campestre), partly regrown and rebuilt from small prebonsai material

donderdag 21 september 2017

Two more cheap bonsai turntables

I allready fabricated a turntable from an old office chair, but to have one that can 'lift' a bit higher, I just bought a brand new kitchen bar chair, with adjustable seat height up to 80cm (31,5"). It cost me 23 EUR, that is nothing compared to 200 or 300 EUR for a 'real' bonsai-turntable.

From the package, assembled in 2 minutes (no screws), and then I could fix my new table top directly on the assembled frame. I used concrete plex board, and new boults which I sunk into the surface. Then I used a ecofriendly 'tar' to seal the cut edges and boults. To avoid damaging and rot of the working top I can simply lay on a vinyl top (maybe with velcro) or another smooth thin concrete plex board (0,5cm).

This cost me in total 35 EUR all in, an 1 hour work per table. I made an extra one for a bonsai friend.

update Winterflowering cherry

sept 2017, 21th

Update of my smallsize Prunus Subhirtella var. 'Autumnalis Rosea'. This is a winterflowering japanese ornamental cherry.
I have it since somewhere in the late nineties, as a small garden centre plant. It has never spent time in the ground, only in containers and bonsaipot.
It has been with many ups and equally many downs, it even suffered a near-death experience some years ago. Only these last few years it has really regained vigour. In 2016 I succesfully grafted it (with an original branch) and now it's on its way. Shape is obvious, the branches are there but they need thickening and ramification. I think in 2 to 3 years it will be presentabel, and in 3 to 5 years it will be good enough for modest exhibition level.

Now many flower buds are forming, with some allready opening. This will contiune for weeks and months, during fall and winter, right up to late winter sometimes.

maandag 4 september 2017

Update Common Privet - Ligustrum Ovalifolium

2nd year in pot, first year these seperate small groups were planted together to form 1 group.
Recuperated plants from my hedge (6 or 7years old then).
Keeping it simple, no wiring. Small size. Just clip and grow, clip and grow.
I think a slab will do, maybe in 2 years.

During the bonsai-tour of the Flemish Bonsai Association

Just some pictures of me with some fellow-bonsai clubmembers, during the bonsai-tour organised by the local memberclub 'De Leie' for the 40th anniversary of the VBV (Flemish Bonsai Association) in the city of Deinze, on 27 august 2017. The trees at our stop were all native species.