04/30/2013

Last friday's workshop.

 

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Trimming of a Buxus is 50% Botanical and 50% esthetical pruning. Making a tree more beautiful only by pruning is an art.

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Sabina yamadori before the final styling and finishing the deadwood which will be a job of about 8 hours.

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Pinus sylvestris before repotting and styling.

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After repotting and during the styling.

04/29/2013

Special sale.

 

 

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This red flowering Crataegus is one of the 50 trees that we are selling, from Wednesday 1st of May on,  at special prices. All those trees are well prepared raw  material with very good potential.

 

OPEN on Thursday 9nd of May 2013.

From 10hrs - 12hrs & 13hrs - 16hrs.

 

OPEN op donderdag 9 mei 2013.

Van 10u - 12u & van 13u tot 16u.

 

Nous serons ouvert le jeudi 9 mai 2013.

De 10h à 12h et de 13h à 16h.

04/28/2013

Work in the studio.

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Pruning an Acer p. Deshojo chu hin.

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Preparing a Carpinus for air layering.

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This Acer palmatum is ready for air layering. The lowest part is on rock and will be styled next year in chu hin size.

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This Acer palmatum is ready for air layering. Upper part will be a better size with a better "nebari".

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My favourite size.

04/27/2013

In the greenhouse.

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Ilex in leaf, still a few berries on.

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Detail fruit.

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The cat and Oak, both come from the wild.

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Acer campestre clumb for sale: 425€.

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Detail: flowers Acer campestre. Pruning after flowering.

Also very thick trunks en pre styled Acer campestre for sale: 75€, 125€, 175€ and 250€.

 

 

04/26/2013

Crataegus.

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Approximately in 1995 I did the 1st styling on this tree together with late Leon Verdurme, one of my best students ever. The tree was about three years in this training pot.

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First wiring finished.

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We were convinced that this would be a good bonsai in the future.

 

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The Crataegus in 2008.

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Crataegus now, flowering.

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Detail of the flowers.

 

We have Crataegus for sale in different sizes.

04/25/2013

On the nursery.

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Two more Maples done...

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...and still many to do.

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Zelkova niré & Acer buergerianum young material for sho-hin.

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Pyracantha young material.

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Satsuki Azalea raw material ready for styling.

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Ulmus procera broom style and classic style; first wiring and shaping.

04/24/2013

High class starters material.

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Every spring we prepare some extremely good material with very good potential for high class bonsai. This material is ready for styling from September on.

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All the material is pre pruned and repotted in a good angle.

04/23/2013

Starters material for bonsai.

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Weigelia, Cryptomeria, Ginkgo biloba, Pinus mugo, Juniperus etc...

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Juniperus different varieties.

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Pinus sylvestris, Juniperus.

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Pré pruned Juniperus.

 

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Juniperus parsonii and Juniperus squamata with thick trunks.

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Juniperus for Bunjin.

 

04/22/2013

Saturday.

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For Sale, Larix forest 250€.

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For sale, Juniperus sabina in two sizes: 40€ & 50€.

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More and more Maples done and still have to do.

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Detail.

 

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Take a break.

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And let's ride with a 1930 Ford A coupé.

04/21/2013

Mondays workshop - One to One.

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This is the best time of the year to shape and repot a Taxus. Positioning the branches, full with new buds, in such a way that everything faces upwards.

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New position in its pot and styled. Again another tree that in spring is ready for following up.

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There are lots of trees among our students ready for their refinement phase. This rigida needed one last selection in branches. Everything will be selected wisely in order to obtain good results while pinching in summer. This step is the most difficult phase towards a mature image of a rigida. This kind of pruning is being performed by me in our nursery. The trees are being presented here on appointment.

04/20/2013

Acer palmatum pinching.

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Pinching and pruning Maples.

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Not every Maple needs the same pruning technique. Some of the Maples I defoliate 50% and others I defoliate 80%, depending on how they are and what I need to obtain.

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Sometimes I do soft pinching by hand and sometimes with a pruning tweezer.

These Maples are for sale at -50%.

 

 

04/19/2013

Pinus thunbergii.

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Sometimes we advice our students to bring their trees in for maintenance, so we can do the pruning at the best period for the tree. This Black pine was brought in, we put it in our greenhouse and when the buds start to grow we do the pruning work. This is a service we start this year.

04/18/2013

Warning protect your trees.

To our students in Belgium, northern France, The Netherlands:
Due to the windy conditions it is not recommended to put or keep your trees on display outside, definitely not fresh potted trees and maples that are newly in full leaf. A better place is on the ground and protected from the wind. Trees standing in this wind can have a stop of growth, which means the rest of the season they will have to recover. Fresh potted trees could dry out standing in the wind.

Larix half cascade - beginning.

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My first yamadori Larix;  1st styling in 1991 and restyling in 2012.

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First wiring and first shaping.

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First pot.

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A few years later, before pruning.

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After pruning.

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Again a few years later, I split the main branch to give it more movement and to bring it closer to the trunk.

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One year after spliting the branch. The front side.

 

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The back side.

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The Larix in 2012 just before the  restyling; see my post of 22 November 2012: Restyling Larix.

 

 

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The Larix 6 months after the restyling. The tree is now for sale for a special price.

04/17/2013

Work at the nursery.

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This Aragawa Maple needed to be pruned. The tree was not ready to be pinched. It needed more inside budding.

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 This Palmatum Maple was fully in leaf but it is too early to build it up by pinching. I remove all new growth.

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I let the tree come in leaf again outside and try to get some more ramification.

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 Same job on this Acer palmatum.

04/16/2013

Spring color.

 

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Acer palmatum Beni shidare.

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Acer palmatum Deshojo.

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Spring colors of Acer palmatum, Acer palmatum Beni shidare a Acer palmatum Deshojo.

 

 

 

Some prébonsai in our nursery.

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Malus.

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Acer palmatum Deshojo.

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Acer palmatum Nomura and Carpinus betulus.

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Juniperus rigida. If you want to learn the correct technique to maintain Juniperus rigida this is the right material for it.

 

04/15/2013

Special repotting.

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This tree is repotted in akadama four years ago and for safety we only removed the soil from the outside and we kept the core of the root ball intact. The tree has now all new roots on the outside.

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 The core of the root ball is still old nursery soil and needs to be removed.

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We started to remove old  nursery soil underneath in the center of the root ball and let the outside akadama soil untouched.

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By repotting in this way, the tree gets no stress. If we had removed all the soil at once the tree would have been completely bare rooted, which is never good for conifers or Pines.

 

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The tree back in the pot with new akadama inside and a little new akadama on the outside. The tree can start now with a complete new root ball.

04/14/2013

Spring.

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Lots of colors for the moment in our greenhouses.

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In our pré bonsai area there is a lot of interesting material for the moment.

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First trees come in the studio for pinching.

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Acer p. Shishi Gashira and Acer buergerianum.

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Wisteria starts flowering.

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Detail of the beginning of flowering. This is a very nice variety with very long flowers

04/13/2013

Wednesdays workshop - Part 2.

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This Sabina yamadori was offered for sale, see my post of 11 December 2012. The owner pre wired the tree.

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 We will change the position of the tree in the pot.

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We prepare the rootball for that new angle in the pot.

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Selection of the pot.

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We chose a pot with the correct shape. It is not the final pot, so the color is not important for the moment.

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Start positioning the branches.

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The result seen from above. This will be a very interesting tree.

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