Some better pictures of my favourite Prunus mahaleb.

My earlier post about my favourite Prunus was so well-read that I thought she and the readers of my blog deserve better and sharper pictures! So when yesterday the sun finally broke through the clouds I shot a few dozens of pictures with my (real) camera by hand! I hope you all will enjoy them.
Cheers,
Hans van Meer.

Above: The deadwood of this young top section neats more work and ageing, but that’s for later! I will start work on it early next growing season in the warm sun! Around that same time, I will start the ageing project on that still jong looking bark…I have a cunning plan to help that on the way…mmwwaaahhahaha!

Above: Close up of the natural deadwood! Besides being photographed and worked on here in my makeshift photo studio, she is also sheltered from the rain! So that all the deadwood can become dry! Then I can impregnate it to protect it from rotting away! The still too young bark on the upwards stump needs some more ageing of course! But who cares?! I am pretty happy so far with the fast progress of this tree…this little tree makes me happy!

Above: The deadwood on the left was worked on some more with a hammer and chisels. The rest was cleaned with tweezers and different brushes until all that was clearly rotten and not saveable was removed. In the top section, some of the living bark on the left side was cut away to break up that straight lifeline between the alive and dead section some more to make it look more natural. Some cut paste was applied to protect the wound!

Above: And there she is (for now) in all her glory! Colouring orange in the setting sun! To prevent further rotting she will spend the next couple of wet and cold months here underneath the shelter of this my makeshift photo studio! During that time I will start further styling the deadwood on that straight section with power tools and hand tools! I will make sure to take pix of that process and post them as soon as possible! Oh, how I wished I had a good pot for this one?! I hope you enjoyed these somewhat better pictures?!
Cheers,
Hans van Meer.

Image of a Dutch sunset.

Yesterday late afternoon I decided to take a long walk along the “Haringvliet” river and follow the long “Zee Dijk” (sea dyke) that runs along with it! This river is the last link between melting snow in the Alps and the North Sea (NL). While climbing up the stairs up that dyke, I was pleasantly surprised by a beautiful multicolour sunset! Luckily I had my old cellphone with me to take some pictures of some distant people that were running their dogs before dinner. They were all standing still to stare at that constantly changing colourful spectacle! I hope that this picture can convey that feeling that I had to you ?!

Cheers and stay safe,

Hans van Meer.

Trident maple “Acer buergerianum” in full fall colours.

The last two days this Trident maple was trying hard to hold on to it’s leaf’s, while I was waiting for some sunlight to make a decent picture! And this afternoon there finally was just enough natural light to shoot some quick shots of this amazing coloured foliage! And just in time because now, just a few hours later, the wind has blow off a lot of the orange/red leaves! I hope you enjoy this picture of this colourful messenger of coming winter?!

Below: The fast sinking sun creates surreal colours!

Below: After two nights of low temperatures almost all leaves dropped off , creating a different scene and feeling!

Cheers,

Hans van Meer.

Deadwood spiral on my old Hawthorn.

Now that I cant work for long on my trees anymore and have to sit down for a while when my knees and back give inn again! I find that I have much more time to really, really look at my trees and try to enjoy them as if I would see them for the very first time! More annalistic and aware! I most often do that while making pictures and then end up completely overlooking all details and the whole some of those details, the Bonsai! Doing so I got stroked again by the upwards twirling old deadwood (Shari) and the beautiful aged bark with all it cracks! The Shari in the right top of this picture was made over 25 years ago and was during that time bleached several times with Lime sulphur with a few drupes black inked added to leave more of a greyish white after it did it’s bleaching work! But it still those not have the right greyish/white colour that the twirling old natural Shari has! So I shell have to bleach it again and again until it has the right colour !

Below: That’s how old Hawthorn bark and deadwood (Shari) looks!

Below: She looks a bit top heavy with all those red berries and the old cell phone those not help much in this case either! 😉

Cheers,

Hope you enjoyed these quickly made pictures of my baby and forgive me for the poor quality?!

Hans van Meer.

New tiny mushrooms neighbours to keep my Taxus yamadori company.

This morning I discovered these very lovely tiny shinning white mushrooms growing in front of my Yamadori Yew/Taxus and I just knew that I had to make some pictures of this magical scene with my cell phone as soon as the sun came out!

I hope you enjoy these images as much as we do?!

Cheers,

Hans van Meer.

Trident maple “Acer buergerianum” in early fall colours.

A few days ago it was such a sunny day that made my colour changing Trident maple from Japan almost glow… so I just had to shoot some quick photo’s of her. It proved to be a race for time because the sun was on her right side quickly sinking behind my house! It proved to be a great year for my two maples (the above one and a Acer palmatum deshojo) that I both have under my care for some 26 years orzo! This unique pot (that I like a lot) is by Isabella.

Cheers and stay safe,

Hans van Meer.

Winter is finaly here big time!!!

Note: considering that I live in Holland, then yes this is exceptional winter weather that did not happend for well over two decades! An extream high air pressure system above the whole of Scandinavia is pretty unique believe me! And I do know that this weather is pretty normal in many countries around the world, but not were we live! And we applaud this weather because we are a ice skating nation! There is even hopeful talk that the world famous 11 city tour a 220 kilometres long natuur ice scating tour finaly can be staged again after more than 2 decades! So yes this is extream weather for us here!

Yesterday’s weather forecast of at least a week-long snow and very cold weather was not wrong for a change and I have to days picture to prove it! I woke up this morning to discover a magical snow-covered garden that I would love to share with you all!

Below: under need, this thick layer of snow more than 20 shohin pre-Bonsai Itoigawa Junipers are hidden!

Below: For some of the bigger Bonsai in my collection, there was no more room underneath my back yard shelter! But I am sure they don’t mind at all!

Below: My big Larch named the Elephant looking like a real scene you could see in nature.

Below: My big old Chamaecyparis obtusa nana gracilis mother plant looks beautiful!

Below: But her backside looks even more stunning!

Below: A magical top view of my big multiple trunk beech raft.

I hope you enjoyed these with my cell phone made pictures as much as I loved to make them for you all…it was magical in my little city garden to day!

Cheers and stay safe everybody!

Hans van Meer.

A collection of the many pictures that I made over the last years.

Above and below: In May of 2008, I was invited to come to the U.S.A to give Bonsai workshops and demo’s in 3 different states. The first state I visited was beautiful Oregon. Where on my day off my friendly host Jason took me up to the Japanese Garden! I say up because it is situated on a steep mountainside in Portland! These pictures were made with an old, not too good camera, but they game out good enough to show them to you.

Above: The mighty rivers the Rijn and the Maas come together to form the Hollands Diep, which further on becoming the Haringvliet that runs past our little island Hellevoetsluis! All the next sunset pictures are shot just a 5 minutes walk away from my home on the banks of the same Haringvliet. I only have to walk through a few short streets to reach the several meters high and many kilometres long dike that protects the whole of south Holland from flooding by the rivers and the sea! I actually have to climb stairs to get up this dike and then down the stairs again to reach the small patch of land and a small beach that lies in front of this Haringvliet! This is always very confusing for my foreign friends when I take them for a walk along the seaside! They often ask: do you have to climb stairs to get to the beach?! Ower house on the safe side of this massive and many miles long dike is built just around sea level! But when it storms or with high water it actually lays below sea level! Standing on this shore where these pictures are made and looking to the right you can see the world-famous Haringvliet dam that holds out the mighty Noordsea! It can be opened or shut-in sections. In the picture above you can see that one of these sections is open to let in saltwater so that saltwater vis can swim in and out to spawn. I hope you enjoy these pictures of this unique and often magical place?!
Above: 7-1-2009. “Haringvliet partly frozen”.
Above: 7-1-2009. “Swans in partly frozen Haringvliet”.
Above: 18-4-2009. “Larch in bloom”.
Above: 28-09-2009. Mushrooms growing next to my old Pinus parviflora.
Above: 15-12-2009. “Lighthouse at Haringvliet in Hellevoetsluis”.
Above: 15-12-2009 “Winter Sunset I” Haringvlliet in Hellevoetsluis.
Above: 15-12-2009 “Willow Sunset” Haringvliet in Hellevoetsluis.
Above: 15-9-2009 “Winter Sunset II” Haringvliet in Hellevoetsluis.
Above: 17-12-2009. “Willows” at Haringvliet in Hellevoetsluis.
Above: 17-12-2009. “Willow” at Haringvliet in Hellevoetsluis.
Above: 17-12-2009. “Willow & Sunset” Haringvliet in Hellevoetsluis.
Above: 17-12-2009. “Haringvliet in Hellevoetsluis”.
Above: 17-12-2009. “Haringvliet in Hellevoetsluis”.
Above: 20-12-2009. “Haringvliet in Hellevoetsluis”.
Above: 20-12-2009. “Haringvliet in Hellevoetsluis”.
Above: 1-1-2010. Location: Near “Rockanje” in South-Holland, some 15 minutes from my home. This is a pictures of a small lake named “Tenella lake” that is situated near this smal town. This lake lies in a rare wet dune forest named: Quackjeswater.
15-2-2010. Above and below: Swans hibernating in a small lake close to where I live.
Below: 17-12-2010. Pond with island in “Rockanje” in South-Holland.
Below: 17-12-2010 “Tenella lake” in Winter time.
Below: 17-12-2010 “Tenella lake” in Winter time.
Below: 17-12-2010 “Tenella Lake” in Winter time.
Below: 17-12-2010 “Tenella lake” in Winter time.
Below: 17-12-2010 “Tenella lake” in Winter time.
Below: 12-4-2011: Bumblebee on my Blackthorn.
Below: 17-12-2010 “The Quackjeswater wet dune forest” in Winter time.
Below: 4-2-2012 “Tenella lake in winter time”
Below: 4-2-2012. This is where the Quackjeswater wet dune forest finaly reach the beach of the North sea that was here partly frozen!
Below: 4-2-2012. The North sea partly frozen.
Below: 4-2-2012. Cold Robin near “Tenella Lake”.
Below: 11-7-2012. I was more than proud to take pictures at the fairytale wedding of my two lovely nieces.
Below: 9-10-2012. Butterfly on Juniper deadwood.
14-10-2012: Below. The beauty of medicinal herbs.
14-5-2015: Below. Little lost Blackbird seeking shelter from the hot sun.
14-5-2015: Cosy and safe under need my old Hawthorn.
8-10-2015: Spider sunbading in my garden.
Below: 8-12-2019: Wetlands along the seaside of the long dike. Thousands of births of different species spend the winter or live here permanently. In the distance, you can just see “Goeree overflakkee” the next big island of Zeeland.
Below: 8-12-2019: These small windmills pump water to the sea and make sure that the water level in the many small channels those not get to high.
I hope you enjoyed my pictures?!
Cheers,
Hans van Meer.