Hi, everybody,

last Saturday it was early up for me to pick up my Slovenian friend Matej Planinc from the train station in Rotterdam. He is based on his work in Belgium and misses his trees and working on them so I invited him to work on mines together with me and he was all for that! ūüôā We watched and discussed my collection from under need a large umbrella because it sadly was raining cats and Sint Bernard’s dogs, like it, would do for the rest of that day, so we had to bring the tree we would work on inside the house! After discussing the trees on offer for work Matej choose to work on my old Japanese white pine. So indoor it was brought and with some extra lights on it, we first started to remove the older needles from it. After this task was done we started to wire the many, many branches! We only stopped for toilets breaks, coffee and Lunch to finish up around 7 o’clock with a nice meal before I brought¬†a tired but happy¬†Matej back to the train again! We already made new plans for next month to do it all again! ūüôā

Below: Matej and me hard at work on my old Pine.

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Below: A quick display with my Larch was made as a welcome.

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Below: “Wolfie” looking good in the afternoon sun.

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Hope you like this little impression¬†of yet another Bonsai Fun day! ūüôā


Hans van Meer.




Hi, everybody,

Saturday a week ago I made the 2,5-hour drive to Diepenbeek in Belgium to visit the¬†¬†“EDA UCHI KAI” Bonsai Club show. The show was staged in two buildings, one for the exhibition, lectures and refreshments and the other one, just a cross the road, for the traders and demonstrations. It would be the first time that I visit this Club’s annual¬†Bonsai show and I had high expectations after seeing pictures off last years edition! Well, I was not disappointed at all, quite the opposite…I was blown away by some of the high-level Bonsai on display, but one tree really managed to take my breath away! And I found my self, still overwhelmed, coming back to see it all day long! My compliments go out to this (small )Club that organized this wonderful friendly show, I had a great time, meeting old friends from all over Europe and enjoying the fine trees on display! Well, don indeed!

Here are some amazing pictures from that “Masterpiece” Bonsai that blew me away and¬†more than once! It’s a White Pine by Mario Komsta (PL) an artist that I highly respect! The pictures were made by my dear friend Roland Petek. This amazing tree and a few other high-class Bonsai were shown on the stage behind closed curtains to keep it dark! And the trees and company plants were lit by only one or two small bright spotlights, so they really stood out against the dark velvet backgrounds! It was like walking through a magical dark forest full of small super trees! But getting a good picture in this kind of set up¬†was very difficult, so I am really happy that I can use Roland’s beautiful pictures! ūüôā


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I hope you enjoyed these pictures of this outstanding Bonsai as much as I do?! I think that this tree is the best traditional styled Pine I ever saw in real life, the open spaces, the rhythm, the maturity of trunk, bark and branches, the………well everything about it is like I always thought it could be! ūüôā And there were a few more of this calibre in this already great show!!! ūüôā

So¬†friends do make sure to visit the next edition of the ‚ÄúEDA UCHI KAI‚ÄĚ Bonsai club show!


Hans van Meer.




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Hi, everybody,

here are the promised pictures of this wonderful Bonsai weekend, a little later than planned, I am sorry! ūüôā

Here are some pictures made by¬†Andrew Campbell during the 2-day transformation of his Shohin Cuspidate (Japanese yew). I borrowed the pictures from him to show you what makes “BURRS” so unique?! He asked Marcio and me for advice and we discussed the possibility’s together and¬†Andrew decided to go with what we suggested. Then we explained him witch steps he had to take and in what order. Cleaning up the tree removing everything unwanted, creating new Shari and Jins from two large branches that were removed and then wiring every branch on the tree! He was concentrated at work for two day’s, with a big grin on his face! On the second day, he asked me to more or less bring the branches into the desired position. While Marcio and Rob were giving advise when I asked if this or that was all right in their eyes?! In this way of harmoniously working together, without ego and willing to listen to each others opinion, makes for good Bonsai and friendships! Thanks¬†Andrew for your trust in us, for your pictures and your Vodka!! ūüôā

Below still a bit of a bush!

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Marcio and me talking about and explaining to Andrew how to proceed and what to do.

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Bringing the branches in position, while Marcio and Andrew watch every move I make ! ūüôā

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¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Andrew’s sweat promising Shohin finished for now!

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This is just one off the many new creations that were styled during this great weekend!

More will follow!


Hans van Meer.




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Hi, everybody, here are some impressions of the best Tony Tickle “BURRS” Bonsai workshop weekend this fare!!!!¬† It was such a pleasure and honour to be a part of it all again and I want to share that through these pictures with everybody!

here are some impressions of the best Tony Tickle “BURRS” Bonsai workshop weekend this fare!!!!¬† It was such a pleasure and honour to be a part of it all again and I want to share that through these pictures with everybody!

Below: This lovely picture of the bunkhouse where everything happens is made by Brian Dillon! I am sure he doesn’t mind me using it, and I know he doesn’t mind! ūüôā

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¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Below: The guy’s hard at work!

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Me and my great friend Pavel the “magician” in the kitchen at “BURRS”.

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On this years memorable Saturday night party with light refreshments, Smithy is trying to set organizer Tony Tickle on fire!

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Me hard at work on one of the best Yamadori Pines that I have ever worked on! While the guys are looking. ūüôā

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     Will concentrated carving away on one off the many trees he helped with!

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On the way to “Burrs”, we saw the great city of Manchester in the morning fog mist.

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A wonderful Hawthorn with a great future! This shot was made on the Fryday afternoon the day before it all would start and before any work was done.

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                                          What a wonderful hobby Bonsai is!

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A sweat little Larch, one of the many trees that were created during this weekend!

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Two days hard at work wiring the tree and creating some heavy bends in two very thick branches!

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My evening lecture about proper branch building and OPEN SPACES was well attended! I got my point (OPEN SPACES!!!) over and we had some laughs…didn’t we?!

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My old friend “The man” Tony Tickle hard at work! I would like to take this opportunity to thank him for creating and hosting this unique event once again!

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                      Graham and Pavel. Smiling faces all around!

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This picture of my mate Mikey and me was made late on the Saturday night while we were working on his Pine.

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My new friend Marcio Meruje from Portugal concentrated at work on a Pine….what a talented guy!

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My dear longtime friend Terry Foster doing what he is sooooo good at! Thanks for taking us into your warm home again and say hi to Olie for us!!! Did he enjoy the beer?! ūüôā

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Terry helping me wiring the last branches of this amazing Pine while Marcio is looking on.

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¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Big Rob’s great Pine creation!

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                      How cool is this?! Making lovely people happy!

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¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† After the tasty dinner some happy “Bluegrass” from

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Below: Rob Campbell concentrated at work on his sweat little cuspidata (Japanese yew). He wrote on IBC forum:   Thank you to Hans van Meer and Márcio Meruje!

I answered with:
No thanks to you Andrew for trusting us and following up on our advice! It was a valuable little yew and it takes courage to cut away that much branches and foliage! And your trust was rewarded with a very promising little Shohin with pretty OPEN SPACES! Very Happy  And thanks for bringing that large bottle of Smirnoff and sorry that I finished it all on the Saturday Night!


Rob just came back with:

Well, I have seen your work so the trusting thing was no problem really.¬† As for the Smirnoff….I have never seen anyone drink vodka like that.¬† I can see that you commit yourself fully to everything you do lol.¬† I will remember to bring two bottles next time haha


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Well, I was not the only one with a drink in my hand! Tony testing¬†and showing a selection of all the beer we tried that night! ūüôā ¬†The other¬†selection with the more potent drinks for real man with hair on their chest was spread out over the¬†opposite tables along with food and other treats from around Europe! Picture made by Andrew Campbell.

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                    Happy Stewart, happy me and his new Bonsai.

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                        Fire eater Smithy with his big small Hawthorn.

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                                              More pictures tomorrow


Hans van Meer.





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Hi, everybody,

yesterday I restored my new scroll with the Bonsai painting. It had a nasty very visual scratch right over the base of Bonsai drawing that needed some touching up by me!

Below: (green arrow) Close up of the damaged surface on the roots of the Bonsai painting.

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Below: This nasty scratch was probably the reason why the eventual selling price stayed low and affordable for us, so if I could restore it myself, we would be very lucky indeed! Mixing several watercolours to get all the right shades off brown’s and black’s was quite a task, but fun to do! And I think that the final result is very satisfying and you would never know it was there……well all you do now! ūüôā

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I am very happy with the end result and the scroll is already hanging on the living room wall again!

Only 4 more weeks to “BURRS” !!!! ūüôā


Hans van Meer.






Hi, everybody,

two weeks ago, after years of surging the internet, I finally found a nice scroll with a Bonsai painted on it! Finding a nice scroll like this is one thing, trying to buy it for a reasonable price is another! We had to stay up until 4 in the morning when the bidding would end and where delighted when we were able to buy it within our budget! This is rare because scrolls with Bonsai on it are highly desired by many internet buyers, so we were extremely lucky to get this on!

It is painted on paper and measures: height 77,6 inch and width 16,8 and the end rollers are made of wood. The painting on the scroll depicts a white Pine Bonsai standing on a white and blue earth were drum. The drum itself is decorated with Prunes and Bamboo, bringing the 3 friends of winter (Pine, Prunes and Bamboo) together. It needs just a little restoration by me, but that will be no problem at all!

The scroll now hangs on the wall in our living room and it really lights up the room now the day’s get shorter and shorter while winter is creeping closer and closer!

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                          Hope you like my new scroll just as much as I do?!


Hans van Meer.



Some pictures that I made during my short (wet) break in Belgium.


Hi, everybody,

here are some pictures that I like to share with you all, they were made last week during my short break in the beautiful Ardenne in Belgium. It sadly rained most of the time, but during the last day, the sun broke through the clouds so I could finally make my long-planned hike to see the old Oaks I had seen for the first time some 20 years ago! So when the sun came out I wanted to take quick advantage of this opportunity and make the long walk to finally see them again! They grow on an impossible hard rock mountainside and some of them are just 2 meters high. They are stunning and some grow in really unique forms, like the multiple trunks one in the picture below. Click on pictures for full size!

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Below: This little (oak) gem is not much higher than 1,5 meter.

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Below: Close up, look at that movement! ūüôā

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Below: Some nice views I shot on the way up.

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Below: And a final bonus to a wonderful day, some nice bread with wonderful cheese and a view to die for!

Hope you enjoyed the pictures!


Hans van Meer.





Hi, everybody

last Saturday I drove up to Nieuwerkerk aan den IJssel (close to Rotterdam) to visit my good Bonsai friend Teunis Jan Klein at his Bonsai studio “Deshima” , for a talk¬†over¬†some coffee and also to check out my Taxus demo tree that was at his place! The two amazing Acer’s that welcomed me¬†in his self-build Bonsai studio were overwhelmingly happy and colourful! They gave a tunning impression that can only be admired! Great place, some great trees and a great artist and teacher, well don my friend! Here are some pictures to give you an impression of what I saw that day, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did?! And if you have the change, go visit him in his Studio, you won’t be disappointed!

Below: The two trees that amazed me when I walked into his studio!

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                      Below: A close up look underneath the fairytale foliage!

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Below: My demo tree for the Bonsai van het westen (Bonsai from the west) event.

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¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Teunis Jan’s amazing beech forest!

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¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Below: Close up underneath the canopy! Stunning isn’t it?!

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                        Below: An amazing yew (sorry for the bad picture)!

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                                              Hope you enjoyed the pictures?!


Hans van Meer.





My visit to the 100 year anniversary of the Japanese garden in the “Clingendael” estate in Wassenaar (The Netherlands).


Hi, everybody,

on 27-4-2013 I visited the celebration of the 100 year anniversary of the Japanese garden in the “Clingendael” estate in Wassenaar (the Netherlands) with my friend and student Ed van der Reek.

About “Clingendael”:In the the 16th¬†century there was only a farm in the “Clinge”(Dunevalley) were now the “Clingendael” estate. In 1591 Philips Doublet bought the farm¬†and it was his¬†grandson Philips Doublet III¬†who build the beautiful house in Baroque Style that is¬†still there today. He started to create the large gardens in the classical¬†France style. The house became a centre of art¬†and culture.¬†His wife Suzanne and his father in law Constantijn Huygens were a great influence on him!

                                                    Below: Clingendael house.

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The most famous part of this grant garden is without a doubt the Japanese garden, that’s open for only 8 weeks a year because it is so venerable. It was Freule Daisy who in early 1900 travelled to Japan and brought back a water drum, lantern¬†and several bridges to build her own Japanese garden. This little garden is now the largest Japanese garden in the Netherlands and is since 2001 a protected heritage monument.

Here are the pictures I shoot during my visit! Enjoy!

Below: Right at the entrance of the park, this last remaining old staff house welcomes us.

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Below: Entrance gate at the entrance of the park. Many different stand holders were lined up from there on the left and the right side of the path.

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                                   Below: Back view of that same path.

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¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Bonsai on display from the “Bonsai van het Westen” club.

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                Below: One of the many stunning trees in the park.

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                         Below: Beautiful sculpture by mother nature!

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                                                 Below: A fairytale tree!

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Hope you enjoyed this little post of a day well spent in a beautiful location with friendly people and old friends!


Hans van Meer.







Hi, everybody,

would you believe that my trees are still in their winter shelter and that frost is predicted again for the next two nights!? BRRRRR!

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¬†I am longing more and more for the warmer weather to finally arrive so that I can start walking along my favourite beach again in search for some peace of mind! These lovely Orchid’s in my garden are a hopeful sign for warmer weather and hopefully some better times?! I need Summer!!! ūüôā

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I hope *you like them?!

And¬†I apologize¬†for¬†my sometimes¬†so badly written English! It isn’t my first language and¬†I ¬†just overlook the obvious mistakes sometimes! But hey, sometimes the outcome is pretty funny! ūüėČ


Hans van Meer.