, I know! But I had to take a few steps back from the keyboard and try to focus on the more important things in life, mainly my health! These last few month’s, my back problems have become more severe and kept me more or less away from any real Bonsai work. But I did do some important small styling work and some repotting that could not wait any longer! At this moment I am gladly posting these pictures in the knowledge that there might be a solution for my back problems in the near future. I have found a great Doctor in Belgium that uses a new kind of operating technique! So now I only need the O.K from my insurance company and I am off to Belgium! So keep your fingers crossed for the next couple of days for me! 🙂
Who said that you could not get, an easy to repot, root system on a Hawthorn?
Not me!:) Here is another Hawthorn with only small feeder roots.
Above: This“Larch” has been completely wireless during the winter months. So, considering the short time I have been working on this tree, I am pretty pleased with how quickly the, mostly new branches, have already settled in their position. Only the (Youngest) top section (A) needs to be repositioned. I had left the Large stump (B) alone for a few seasons, to prevent the risk of dye/dry back in the main trunk. So now it was safe to remove most of it with power and hand tools and then style it in harmony with the spirit of this tree! The white dotted line is more or less the line of the trunk, so a lot of work had to be done to get there!
Above: This is the first transplanting for this Dutch “Hawthorn” Yamadori. As you can see the pot is full of healthy roots, so it was safe to remove the too thick root (red arrow) you can see in the second picture. The green arrow in that same picture, show some nice positioned strong roots. The next 2 picture s show how I removed that root. The last picture shows the tree in its new pot for now. For the next couple of seasons, I will concentrate on the growth of the relatively young branches, the need to thicken and mature. And of course, I have to work on the total ramification of the tree. This ugly duckling is quickly becoming one off the favourites trees to work on, in my collection! A couple of years ago I offered it for sale, still as raw material, during a big convention. For a very reasonable price, but nobody seemed to notice this oddly shaped tree, so full of natural mistakes. There and then, I drew a design on a small piece of paper, and afterwards, I gladly took the tree home with me, to style it myself! I have to admit though, it took a lot off imagination and even some optical tricks. But I seem to have overcome, some major design problems. Creating a thing of interest or even beauty, out of not too good material, is something I really love. Because these trees are not too obvious to style, you really have to look for that hidden Bonsai! But when you find it and everything turns out well, you will have a Bonsai that is often so much more interesting than the prefab ones. I enjoy it when a plan comes together! 🙂
Of course, I know, this tree has a very long way to go, but it is growing nicely into a “Mother and child” tree, with a twist. The mother leaning into the wind, protecting the little child that clings to her side, from the prevailing winds that torture the Dutch coastline were I actually collected this tree! I will keep you posted.
Above picture: This small tree is also a Dutch “Hawthorn” Yamadori.
Before We go any further,I would like to say, I am sorry that this post is dragging on so long. But it is the only way I am able to post anything new on my blog!
8 thoughts on “SOME PICTURES OFF THE WORK I DID LAST MONTH!”
I’ll be here in Portugal crossing my fingers so that the operation will come alright and you can continue your excelent work.
Thank you Nuno,
That is appreciated! Not being able to lift your Bonsai is sad isn’t it? 🙂
Warm regards from Holland,
Hope operation is a success so you can dance with your “dancing lady”
From Portugal, i wish you can kick off your back problem in the next operation. You are my inspiration for Crataegus and here we’ve loots of them, but are more straight.
hi Hans,somme nice work there,good luck with the operation my friend,see you soon
Thanks you guy’s! I am still waiting and hoping for my insurance to give the green light. If they do, it is off to Belgium to say hi to the Doctor!
Hoi Hans,ik vind de grote XL larix erg mooi geworden.
En ik zal voor je duimen,dat de operatie in Belgie voor je door gaat.
Greetings from the United States. I hope your back problems are under control. At the end I believe we all become Literati. Thank you for sharing your blogs. It is so nice to drop in on the lives of fellow bonsai enthusiasts. Mike.