Maybe you all remember me telling about how somewhere in the middle 9ties of last century I was lucky to collect some amazing field grown and more than 50 years old Chamaecyparis obtusa nana gracilis mother plants in Boskoop (Holland).
Below: Well, one of those that I collected that day was styled by me and some years later shown in the famous “Noelanders Trophy” in Belgium. That all happened well before the year 2000!
Two decades later I sold this Bonsai to my good friend and student Diederick , who during a styling session with me at his place (Holland) brought it back to a very promising Bonsai again! Diederick has become such a fan of this species that he is always searching the internet to find another promising one! And he did find one and what happened then is just unbelievable, but true!
Diederick found wile surging the internet for Bonsai and raw material a guy near Utrecht (Holland), who had a very old Chamaecyparis for sale. So he drove up there and when he saw that tree, he immediately thought that it looked very familiar to the one he has at home?! So he ask abouth it’s history and origine?! The owner than told Diederick that many years ago he collected it and a few other onces at a profesional growers place in Boskoop (Holland)! And that it was like the other onces in that plot always used as a Mother plant that were grown to take many cuttings off from. And that it grew on its own roots so it was not crafted and that it must be by now abouth 70 or 80 years old! He told Diederick: I remember that day well becauce Hans van Meer was digging up 2 or 3 of these Chamacyparis Mother plants right next to me in that same plot?! Diederick was flabercasted by this coinsedence and told him that he recognized this story and that he now owned one of these Chamacyparis trees that I had collected all those years ago right next to the one he was now planning to buy from that guy?! Diederick was more then happy to buy this tree and later wrote to me: Hans after more than 25 years of seperation these so closley related trees are back togeter again in my garden…what was the change of that ever happening?! Now I know that they are just plants…but I find it a hearthwarming story in these troubled times!
Below: The garden of Diederick where the (top) Chamaecyparis that he just bought now closely lives next to his (below) brother-sister again after all these years!
I hope you enjoyed this little heartwarming story as much as we did?
Stay safe and healthy everybody!
Hans van Meer.