here is an update on how I am doing. Well, to be honest, still not so good! Things have not gotten any better for me and there is still not much I can do. My visit to the Noelanders did prove to be too much to soon and did me more harm than good. I don’t even remember much of that short visit and I am ashamed that I missed out on saying hello to so many of my Bonsai friends that I know that were there! To all those people, forgive me, I was not at my best that day! And I will CU and meet you for sure on a later date!!! 🙂
But even though my physical condition is still not too good, I did manage to get some light Bonsai stuff don, spread out over a couple of days. Especially the work on one of my smaller Hawthorns gave me great joy. And I am proud to announce that the story of this little Bonsai will be featured in an article in the BCI magazine in the near future! So as you see, I am not giving up yet! 🙂
Below: I bought this Berberis thunbergii and the Ilex verticillate in the bottom two pictures last September HERE at Teunis Jan Klein’s place “DESHIMA” .
I created a small cascading Bonsai out of it. In the future, one of the two cascading branches will be removed. But for now, I will first wait how good this little tree will recover from all this cutting I had to do to get it to were it is in this picture. There is no hurry!
Below: Ilex verbicillata.
Below: I had to remove one trunk, a lot of unwanted branches and had to perform some major surgery on old ugly and bulging wounds. The branches that I could use, were wired and then carefully bend into position. This 5 trunk raft needs some new branches lower down on two of the tree front trunks. But this will surely happen in this next growing season. I know it is eurly day’s yet, but I can’t wait to see this tree in a couple of years time when it is in full bloom. I think that this will be a spectacular site indeed!
Below: Here is the second portrait I finished a few days ago.
It is a pencil drawing of my Nephew, who is the latest addition to our proud family.
His name is Jelle and he was born on 30 July 2009.
Until the next time,
Hans van Meer.