Ancient Mountain Hemlock- — Crataegus Bonsai

Merely eye-candy at this point, this huge Mountain Hemlock (Tsuga mertensiana) has never been worked on…but it’s a marvel to look at. The tree was collected by Anton Nijhuis. It’s the oldest hemlock I’ve ever seen in a pot. Thinking of styling it this fall, and will definitely do a post about it if we do…

via Ancient Mountain Hemlock- — Crataegus Bonsai


Experience Japan Dublin 2016 — Munster Bonsai Club

17/04/2016 Bonsai Ireland has pleasure put some trees on display on Experience Japan day in Phoenix Park in Dublin. Here we have some pictures from the day. Exhibitors from Bonsai Ireland : Leinster Bonsai Club, Northern Ireland Bonsai Society and Munster Bonsai Club and visitors lol

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Let play display

I’m going to put some display at Experience Japan Day in Phinix park, Dublin this coming weekend. There we have my choice for the day.

All of those trees need to get the final touch, but it will be general layout. Pleas do not hesitate and comment. All comment will be useful to all my followers and me myself.

Plus the event will take place in Phinix Park, Dublin on Sunday 17th at 11.00-4.00 pm. All are very welcome.

Never ending re-potting

I have re-potted two of my oak trees last week. Simple because they were in bad quality mix , and I have had to check the roots.

First one collected from wild in 2013

before re-potting

off the pot

after cleaning as you can see there is nice roots stock at the very bottom of the trunk, so I decided to remove those roots at the right side at the old soil level.

new nebari.

as en experiment to improve roots stock I decided to fix  tile at the bottom of the trunk so the tree is siting on this tile with sphagnum moss  bedding .

and the whole installation is buried int bigger pot with my usual mix 1/1 CL/gravel.

I have adjusted the angle too .

Second one has been collected in 2013 too.And potted into bad mix so I decided to re-potted it too.




off the pot

roots after clean out the soil

as you can see very similar situation to the tree above, so I decided change the angle and use only the roots from the very bottom.

the tree in new soil, the same pot, different angel. I think looks better , nice trunk taper and some movement too. I will chop it in late autumn just above first twig at the left, I think.

Any comment are very welcome.


Charcoal for bonsai soil — Morten Albek – Shohin Bonsai blog

I will  try it too.

In the older days Indians added charcoal to the soil when growing their plants. The result was healthy and vigorously growing plants. Today’s science has shown why charcoal is beneficial for the health of the root system and the plants. What does charcoal do then? It is pretty simple; first of all it takes up nutrients […]

via Charcoal for bonsai soil — Morten Albek – Shohin Bonsai blog

Last Saturday we had another lovely morning in Bunratty “Bud” garden centre. Typical spring meeting/workshop: re-potting, cleaning- light spring pruning and general advice. Some pictures below. Hary’s over 20 years old ash. Before and after re-potting. Steven’s Box before and after re-potting Rey’s media juniper before and in styling proces Kieran trees Piotr’s Juniper before […]

via Saturday Bonsai Morning @ “Bud” garden centre — Munster Bonsai Club

Post 701 – Kimura’s creations — Bonsai Tonight

That’s awesome.

In recent years, Masahiko Kimura has created a number of compositions that use young trees planted on stones. Some of these creations suggest landscapes. In other cases, the stones suggest large trunks or more abstract shapes. These creations are fun to look at, and are a great use of young material. Enjoy! Hinoki Shimpaku Shimpaku Shimpaku Shimpaku […]

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