here are some pictures of what I have been doing during the last week, in Bonsai that is!
Below: Here is an updated shot of the Dutch Hawthorn that I showed here two mounts ago. It needs a couple of years of growth to fill out the foliage, but the main frame is there already!
Below: This is another Dutch Hawthorn. Since I collected this one, some 10 years ago, it has been shortened from more than 1 meter/40 Inch to just above Shohin size. It still needs to fill out in the top section and the deadwood needs to be sculpted, but I am pleased with the image and the progress so far.
Below: Close up of the beautiful old bark. It proves that Dutch Hawthorn can show remarkable character as well.
Below: And here I am decorating the X-Mas tree! 🙂 I salvaged this and another Juniper from a cemetery where they were dumped in a garbage container. It took me 3 years to nurse them back to health and now that they are, it is time to air-layer the most promising ones. These Juniperus media Blaauw varieties have beautiful slow-growing foliage that resembles Juniperus Itoigawa foliage but is darker coloured. I made 13 air layers that if all goes well will become a forest planting in the future! Please note, just how stylish I dressed for this special occasion! 🙂
Hans van Meer.