Well hi there, here’s my Miyajima white pine I purchased about 4 years ago and how I’ve moved forward with it. When I first bought it, I was going for a classic design and wired and styled it out. However, the next spring revealed that the cambium separated from the sapwood.
This resulted in all of the lower and main branches to die off, leaving me with a tree that resembled a fat person holding an umbrella. Impressive trunk but no asymmetry and bonsai without symmetry is just not as interesting.
I figured that I would at least re-pot it into the front that was proposed and then we’ll go from there in terms of a new design.
A few months later I thought of keeping the bottom branch as a jin and so I tried that
I had completely fallen out of love with this tree and was lost with how to move it back into an interesting direction. The trunk was too straight as this point and I had nothing to cut back to to create some more variation within the foliage.
I decided to just let it grow as much as possible and focus on having health come first before doing any other changes.
This year during the winter I tried a few angle changes to see if that would help.
This shift seemed the best and would definitely be an improvement from the old straight trunk line of the previous design. I also got some helpful feedback from Ryan Neil regarding the new design. That new idea was to create a tesion design. Tension means that the apex/crown and main branch move against the trunk. It’s a simple design that uses angle changes to create more drama when other features are lacking. In March I went through with this new design and I also re-potted into the new angle.
Now I am proud of this tree again and I am really looking forward to where it will go from here. The design idea from Ryan was a great upgrade to the otherwise boring design. Right now it’s happily growing this years candles and in full sun.
Howdy everyone! It’s been some time since my last post but that’s because we’ve been busy with our new family member and several other things. I’d like to take this opportunity to show some of the changes in the garden.
feminine yamadori hawthorn
successfully air-layered Mahaleb
A beautiful Birch that my friend Jiri Vyslouzil owns. He let me style this tree and I fell in love
Another American, styled in a natural form
The ugly duckling is starting to look like a nice little tree
The Moravian Karst forest was upgraded this year
I’ll be posting some more things soon. I hope everyone is having a great spring and enjoying everything that has woken up from winter.
I apologize for not posting for such a long time. I would like to update you with some images of some of the trees that have changed a bit since how they started out.
A larch that was dig up but wasn’t too interesting. After the initial styling I wasn’t very satisfied and I thought about removing two of the structural branches. This wasn’t the decision that would improve the tree though. It was the angle and some adjustments to the styling. Now I feel that it is moving in the right direction.
Here is a very cheap and simple nursery stock Sabina juniper. For a few years I wasn’t sure what to do with it. Then it had its first repot, then first styling and trim a year later. It was left alone for some time and had another repot into what I felt to be a more suitable container in the spring of 2018. It grew freely until November 2018 when I gave it a second styling.
Here I had some fun with a request from a client, to create a tree for their significant other as a gift. Even easy to take care of Ficus trees can be made to look interesting and I was quite happy with the outcome given I didn’t have much time to prepare this tree.
Here is another tree that just hasn’t received much attention and after years in a plastic container it was re-potted spring of 2018 and was finally styled. This tree is beginning to look like a weeping tree in nature and I hope to improve it further.
This tree is also moving in the right direction and I hope to pull out more of that high-alpine, candelabra look.
We’re really looking forward to give this tree a second styling after it was re-potted into a more bonsai-style Chinese pot. It was nice to wake up and see a fresh layer of snow on this yamadori.
I’ve been enjoying the process this tree has gone through and we’re very happy with the progress in just 9 months that it has been at the balcony.
Early winter photo of the Moravian Forest. We plan on adding more trees to improve this composition, unfortunately there are almost no available Beech trees available at nurseries.
Lastly, I wanted to end with a little project over the holidays. I was inspired by Bonsai Mirai and their Christmas tree bonsai. We picked a nice Nordmann fir at a local nursery and had a great time transforming a regular Christmas tree into something that can be a nice-looking tree in a few years. Firs are awesome and remind me of home while I was working on this. I hope to dabble with more in the future.
Wishing you all the best into 2019 and I hope your trees and collections improve and grow like weeds!
A pine that I bought as “light” yamadori from the Sirotný family was from a garden planter that a lady had for about 15 years. This was their rough estimate so it could be around 18 years old now and has some decent bark on most of the tree. I really didn’t know how to create an apex on this tree initially but I believed that with some good horticulture, back-budding would occur and the apex would eventually come.
I’m quite happy with the direction this tree is going in and also the fact that it began as such humble material.
Why hello there. I’ve been busy as of late but it’s been another prolonged period without a post so here we go.
I got this tree for a great price from a local nursery in Brno called Carex. They tend to have some good evergreen pieces that are meant to be garden trees but could make interesting bonsai as well. I took a crack at such a piece.
It was re-potted this spring and it recovered quite well and therefore applying some wire and beginning the journey seemed like a good idea.
The poor fella was probably in the same container & soil for years. This was the beginning of April this year with the new buds getting ready to burst
The right branch will probably go in the future but I need it now to push the tree forward, health-wise. A high Alpine tree is what I am eventually going for.
Howdy! It’s been so long and I am sorry but summer was hot and I was almost gone the entire time. Yes, the trees got love but I unfortunately didn’t have time for any blog posts.
So, I hope I can provide a quick and fun post and that you’ll forgive my absence :).
I collected this tree about 2 years ago, I didn’t think it was so interesting at the time but it was a Spruce and I had no Spruce, so I wanted a Spruce. It was very easy to collected which prompted my action of removing her from this environment and providing it a great home at the Brno Balcony.
It recovered quite well and even started to develop more bark down below. I didn’t give this tree much attention and was also quite lost with how I was going to style it. Since it was already growing in the pot for two years and getting quite bushy, something needed to be done to move the tree forward, alas, styling time.
This is a year after collection and the growth was much stronger than the prior year.
Removing much of the growth and getting down to the structural essentials, I was still lost with what I should do..
I chose to keep the apex very light and chose to go with an Alpine-style, multiple apices, loaded with auxins, fighting against each other for dominance. I am pleased with how this turned out and I am excited for its future.
We’ll see how this develops right now it’s extremely sparse, light and needs to recover from losing so much foliage. The left side also needs to be shortened in the future to push the flow more to the right.