2018/05/24

New bench in making...

I do spent more and more time thinking how should I reduce the number of my trees.   I do realise I have too many of them.  How do I know?  Easy.  The joy of keeping  trees is gradually but steadily evaporating and changing into a chore...I hate to end up with neglected trees full of quick wood.

To start with I have decided to occupy more space on our balcony.  Sounds strange, isn't.  Reduction x More space for trees?  Never mind.  I will get there one day. For sure.  I hope.

A solid rack to start with.   Mortise and tenom.  No iron to hold it together. Just dowels.



Now working on the top frame.  Slats and Rails.  

Pyracantha_shohin_blossoms

Pyracantha blossoms nearly in full bloom...




2018/05/17

Celtis occidentalis

I must have lost last few remains of my  active brain cells....



This is a first shot of  the planned time lapse series. 

The ramification is a bit weak  at the moment and the nebari doesn't look good either.   But it is just a matter of time to get there.
Anyway, plannig the first pruning in next few days  to remove the taproots at least on some of the seedlings to see how it develops.   I have tested this method of flat root development  successfully on Cydonia oblonga and it works well there.

2018/05/15

Pyracantha shohin_Starter

This small Pyracantha a. is part of my Mr. Jekyll shohin collection.  OK, I know.  Shohin_starters is the correct word to be used here.  


 Height: 15 cm
Garden tree, Pyracantha, shohin, blossoms

I wonder what kind of mess is hidden by the merciful canopy of leaves?   

 

 I am at doubt. What is more attractive? Tiny, gentle buds just before they open or the decorative beauty of fully opened blossoms covered by the early morning dew?  Appreciated with a sip of Tullamore dew perhaps?


A note from Mr. Hyde:  
Forget about shohin.     Just wait to see my new four handed monster trunk mahaleb from this spring collection...

Luckily both of the guys is united when it comes to the weather: Bugger. No rain for more than 36 days now. 

2018/04/20

One day in the life of a bonsai freak...

Waking up with the first thought about the items on the to do list you have prepared  in your bed just before you went to sleep.

Quick "inspection" of the new items in the garden to see how they are doing.  
Any new development?  New leaves?  Buds?  Great!
The tiny leaves are not doing well?  What should I do?
Hope and Despair are the two part of the coin....

Repoting.  After the completion of the 10th tree I feel like a robot.  I do hate monotonous work.

Health control.  With such density of plant on a spot you have to be very careful

Watering.   The weather is far too nice for an April.   Today I have chased off the wild ducks and occupied the pond for a few moments instead. The water  was close to 17°C. 

And not to forget the main part.

WATCHING.  

Rhodohypoxis

 Euonymus.  Full of flower buds...


Magnolia



Beauty and the Beast.  In the main role:  Blossoms of A. campestre and  unknown Ants



Mahaleb
Where is the front?






How old is this part?   Burning sun,  heavy frost, harsh wind, periods of droughts... All these elements have made a clear signature on its face...





I  need to remove some of the "weight" from this (back ) side.   Some parts of the newish deadwood will have to go...





2018/04/18

Prunus mahaleb # 9. Head up? Head down?

Life is about a change.   And that is a constant.


And this is very true in case of this little tree.  After a detailed examination of it and with a respect to natural movement of its trunk and the development of its nebari I have decided that this is it.  So after a period of a slanting tree ( 2017 )  I have returned back to a semicascade  (2015 ).  

Now I need to get a properly shaped pot.  Something between a scoop and a traditional round one. 


Mahaleb, yamadori, blossoms
Less dramatic side.   

More "dramatic" one.  Dead wood, rock and roots over it ( now well covered under the layers of moss )


I will never tire of this...

2018/04/16

Not very traditional bonsai. At least in this region. Magnolia.


Crazy. Would you believe there are guys who are taking care of similar plants to enjoy their beauty that lasts just few days?



Bonsai magnolia



Just another few branches, improved surface roots ( I guess an airlayer should fix it ) and more fancy pot. The shape of this one is OK. Just different color.

New bench in making...

I do spent more and more time thinking how should I reduce the number of my trees.   I do realise I have too many of them.  How do I know?  ...