End of the year

Long time - no see... But I'm still Active, just not blogging much. Trees grow slow and I usually prefer working on the trees rather than writing about it nowdays. It's the end of the year but it's also the end of my first 10 years in bonsai! I have learned a lot over the years. I think I have made most of the usual rookie misstakes but lately I don't loose trees anymore. I don't mess up watering or Winter shelter as much as I used to. I even managed to have 3 trees in the Swedish national show this year. Very proud of all 3 - One I have grown from scratch over 8-9 years, the 2nd is an import I have develloped from semistyled stock and the 3rd tree was new to me since 2016 but it managed to win the "Best decidious"-category!

I have gotten better at collecting. Better at choosing what to collect and better at keeping them alive after. Better at not buying crap material and better at getting rid of trees no longer interesting to me. What used to be made in a rush I now can be patient with. I still have hopes for some trees to be perfect in 2-3 years from now but I also understand that it might be Another decade. Funniest thing is, I realise I have focused so much on understanding horticulture for 10 years I have barely had any styling experience. Strange to do something for 10 years and still havent done much of "it" - the defining factor... :-) It's like keeping a car in the driveway, washing it, filling up on gas and checking the tyre pressure - but never taking it out for a drive. At least now I have a lot of trees finaly ready to be styled in the next few years. Watch this space for updates... there might be Pictures of real bonsai here in 2017!

Shopping spree

I was so exited about going back to Noelanders trophy again this winter I accidentally spent all my money I was saving for the trip buying bonsai paraphernalia...
First I kind of overstocked on pumice but I got a good deal on 600 litres. It was a tough haul for the Volvo but I'm good for a lot of repotting for a long time now.
Then I spent what was left buying two old pots from Japan. First one is for my oldest scots pine who is getting ready to move out of the wooden box and the second one is for the large oak, but not for a few more years so in the meantime this lage pot will be the new home for the japanese maple who need more room for the roots as I'm growing out the branches. No pictures yet, It's 3 months of shipping first (saved me $100 compared to airfreight) and I really don't need them before spring anyway.

Virtual magic

I got this little yew (Taxus x media) at a fall sale from the local garden center last year. It was pruned and bare rooted a week ago and put in a big grow box to fatten up. Not to make it much bigger but I want to work on the future deadwood by peeling off strips of bark in small sections over a couple of years to see if it can make an better illusion of natural deadwood. Just thinking this will go faster in a bigger pot.

Results for now:

Very affordable plastic box from IKEA

Not really ready for the Close-up...

And squint your eyes, here's the quick MS Paint virt:

More deadwood? Ok, just cba to open up MS Paint again.


New feature: My articles

So, I wrote an article about tree collecting in Swedish and decided put it on the blog. If I write more they will also be published here.
Link: My articles: Yamadori (in Swedish)

Winter prep

Almost ready for winter. I still got to dig a hole for the monster oak. The rest is either in ground, lazily placed next to the house or in the shed. So far the temps have been really mild but sooner or later it usually drops to -20 degrees Celcius.