Birch yamadori & some flowering

This tree was one of the first yamadori I dug up while living here. I originally grabbed it for the bark and accessibility even though it is very ugly, it hardly got a glance. As a result, this tree grew great and the pot is absolutely root-bound. When you ignore material, let it grow freely, do not alter the direction it’s facing the sun constantly and fertilize it the same as the trees that get more attention, one ends up growing with vigor.

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This is a mix of grasses from 2700m Italy/Austria

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Hosta will open soon

Have a good one.

Small white pine

I bought this tree a little over a year ago. The pot it came in when I brought it in was much too small, I thought, for the health of the tree. I placed it into a larger pot but I still think that it is very suitable for this guy. Then, seeing that it was doing quite well this summer, I finally did something with it and now I like this tree many times more.

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Now I cross my fingers or as the Czech’s say, “holding my thumbs.”

 

Kusamono parade

My last post was a bit of a downer and there are still things to make me smile in the garden. Here are some plants that don’t usually get very much attention and many still need many years to properly develop and therefore, I must show them all at once.

 

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Wild Rose rosa multiflora (i think) Not really a kusamono but very cute and growing strongly

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Currently my only Palmatum

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Not sure what any of these are called but it is all collected from somewhere around 2700m. It will flower soon

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An idea I had but the spores have taken a long time to develop, Brno isn’t humid, at all.

Have a good one.

T*

R.I.P. or bad spring

I wanted to post something that some would consider a blow to the ego and although it made me feel awful, I know that it is simply a part of this deal. Not something I am proud of but I do believe that the warm March and very cold April played some part in this. I was also absent on vacation during March this year and I believe I would have left my poly-tunnel up if I stayed around for the month of April as well.

This was the worst spring I have ever had since I started pursuing Bonsai. I think that this at least can help others that may be beginners or some that have a few Bonsai years under their belt, realize that some of your trees will die. It is important to try and learn why they died and how to possibly prevent them from dying in the future. I believe there are also other reasons why the trees decided to give up. They were meant to teach you something and push you to progress further in terms of knowledge, cultivation, horticulture and artistic skill.

So, here I am putting my ego aside and presenting the trees that did not make it this year.

 

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First tree of the year. A big Hawthorn

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A big Linden I collected this year.

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Not a great tree but it has been with me since my 2nd beginning here in Czech Republic.

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Medium collected hornbeam with great taper and branches.

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One of my biggest losses. I was really looking forward to finally getting to the ramification stage

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Awesome little hornbeam I picked up last year. Died from a fungus that seems to be running around Europe lately. Buds opened with something like a cotton ball vs. fresh spring leaves.

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This was my biggest loss. This was my pride and joy of a tree that I tried to make into a good bonsai. It has deeply saddened me that this tree didn’t make it but I will not let this loss keep me from becoming a great bonsai practitioner some day.

I promise that in the next post, there will be some positive news. I hope this post gave some hope to those that have lost great trees, that you are not alone. To those that are well known bonsai artists or just have many years of experience, I am sure you understand and have experienced losses of trees that were very close to you.

T.

May and end of May

Sorry for another long period of no posts as I have been quite busy with other projects. I wanted to post pictures that were taken throughout May and so they may not be in perfect order.

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re-potted beech

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collected hawthorn flowering!

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Linden air-layer

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I will post again soon, I promise ; )

 

Tom

Some Spring growth

Howdy there, been a cold cold spring so far but some trees have managed to burst out, mostly the linden.

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Tilia Cordata

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Tilia Platyphyllos

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Mixed Forest with Carpinus, Fagus, Picea in the back left and also looks like a new member in the back as well. A Betula sapling has appeared.

Some re-potting

Here’s another batch of trees I re-potted. I still have a few more to go but the weather has been real crap lately. Beech, some hornbeam, my new hazel and some others still haven’t opened their buds!

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This tree was bought 4 years ago as a ordinary nursery Alberta bush. I think there is potential to make this look like an old mountain Spruce

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Hazel, still hasn’t opened. I hope the cold didn’t damage too much of the tree.

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This picture of this Linden is from about 2 weeks ago. I will post newer pictures of opened trees soon.

Yamadori hunting 2017

Sorry for such a gap between posts. I was on vacation for a while and busy as well.

As many in central Europe know, we have experienced a very cold drop and even had snow earlier this week. This has been causing some troubles for collected and existing trees in my collection alike.

Here are some trees I’ve collected recently.

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Hornbeam

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Linden

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Hornbeam

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Hawthorn

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Hawthorn

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Hawthorn

Stay tuned.