05/31/2013

Late spring view_3.

 

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Another outdoor garden in our nursery with a view on the teahouse. There’s a good harmony here as well between bonsai, garden plants, stones and gravel area.

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Bonsai displayed not too high above ground level and close to one another, again, for humidity reasons.

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Solitary displays in full sun are for pines and other conifers.

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Spherical shaped Buxus, ideal to keep humidity around the displays.

 

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Tree bark underneath the lower benches guarantees  good moistness after watering.

05/30/2013

Late spring view_2.

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A new display for big forests and landscapes. This is the view from the workshop area.

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On the left forest planting of Acer Campestre, on the right Larix forest.

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Fagus Sylvatica forest and Picea jezoensis forest.

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Yamadori Larix forest and Kimura’s Taxus. This kind of displays on gravelled areas with a zen character is not a problem for forest nor for large trees. With smaller ones the soil in the pots will dry out too fast when standing in this kind of environment.  In that case it is more difficult to maintain a high air humidity.

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Display on gravelled ground in full sun. Here we create more humidity with water-rocks and water-pots. The background in green keeping a high degree of humidity during a big part of the day.

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Another view from our studio. The bonsai are being incorporated in a small garden therefore making a whole landscape. It is quite important to create  high humidity with lots of vegetation. The displays aren't too high above ground level, not only to avoid heavy wind but also to keep moistness in the pots longer. In summer this whole area receives water in the evening. All of this results in keeping the humidity high for a long time even if the trees are in full sun during the day.

05/29/2013

Late spring view_1.

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The entrance to my private collection is decorated with bonsai.

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From here on the air humidity is very important.

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The warmest corner of the garden filled with Juniper chinensis and rigida. On the ground all the projects that are going to be styled next year. Even all of this means regulating air humidity.

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Displays on water-basins: full sun, high humidity.

05/28/2013

Picea.

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Micky’s Picea ready to be pinched. Notice that not everything is being pinched and that the timing has to be just right which means pinching when the foliage is still soft. When it’s too late for that it is better to thin out with scissors without pruning.

05/27/2013

Potentilla.

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This Potentilla is a very old tree that came from one of Japan’s most renowned gardens.  It was imported here about ten years ago. Bruno has maintained it neatly but now it was time for more than just that.

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Detail of the old bark.

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The tree had too much foliage in comparison to its growing medium which was unable to provide it’s health any further. This results in weaker and in dying parts. So a rejuvenal pruning combined with an aesthetic one was urgent.

 

05/26/2013

Rock planting_part 5.

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The pinus creation is a close-up from the mountains. A fragment or a frame from a bigger whole. To avoid soil being flushed out when watering special types of plants are being used that, shortly after, keep everything in place with their roots and make sure that the pines can never absorb too much water.

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This dwarf Cotula will secure everything in a short time for the upper tree together with the Houtunia.

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The base of the Juniper after applying some moss.

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The same with the Enkianthus.

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This landscape-creation is now a new “home” for this beautiful Juniper. Well in proportion with the whole. About 50 % rock formation and 50 % vegetation is a good balance.DSCF3058.jpg

The pines are being styled roughly, everything nicely open and no branches nor green is being removed.

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Just one Azalea bottom left and two ferns together with the Cotula en Houtunia this is a totally different creation.

Two different rock plantings both immediately revealing their location in nature.

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Preparing for transport.

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Just some more spray-dusting, this will be the way of watering in the next month.

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Shaping the Pine’s branches. Important, only the branches are being styled, not the foliage.

 

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 A happy owner with his new creation.

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The specific gravity of this rock is a lot higher (heavier). Even here everything is being fixed for transport.

I must admit this was a relaxing workshop for me with creativity as the main key. To create something is the most pleasant thing to do for every bonsai enthusiast.

 

THE END

05/25/2013

Outside bonsai displays.

 

 

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The last couple of weeks we’ve had the ideal weather conditions to bring the trees out of the greenhouse into the open:

-         -  No more frost.

-          - Frequent rain.

-         -  Mainly clouded,  not much sun so that the trees could adapt nicely to the more intensifying light outdoors.

05/24/2013

Rock planting_part 4.

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The lower vegetation scenery of a landscape should have a wild and natural appearance as can be seen here.

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Mainly searching for balance in the whole.

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The still rather bald back side.

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Being short of hands.

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Landscape-rockplanting with six different varieties of plants, now the finishing touch. After one year’s growth all will be trimmed in a very compact shape.

 

Will be continued on Sunday 26th.

05/23/2013

Rock planting_part 3.

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The location of the trees must be harmonious in relationship to the rock.

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All movement of the Juniper is clearly visible from this angle and the tree dangels nicely over the edge of the rock.

Left: Three Pines close together leaning outwards in different directions.

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 Preparing the position of the main tree.

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To create a right balance between rock and vegetation different accent plants are chosen, such as Enkianthus, Azalea saotome, Cotoneaster, Phlox.

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Raimond covers the clod of the main tree with a lot of keto-mixture.

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Ample growing medium is being provided.

 

Will be continued tomorrow.

05/22/2013

Bericht workshops - Message ateliers

GINKGOBONSAICENTER - Danny USE

Heirweg 190, 9270 LAARNE

 

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Bericht

 

In juli, augustus en september zijn er maar enkele workshops per maand omdat dit de groeimaanden zijn na een goede eerste onderhoud. Vanaf midden september beginnen dan weer de workshops data met een gemiddelde van 2 à 3 per week.

 

 

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During the months of July, August and September there will only be organized a few workshops because these are the growing months following a first good maintenance trim. Starting middle of September there will be plenty of workshops again with an average of two to three a week.

 

 

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Durant les mois de Juillet, Août et Septembre nous n'organiserons que quelques ateliers étant donné qu'il s'agit de la pleine période de croissance après le premier entretien de printemps. Dès la mi-septembre nous reprendrons le rythme normal de 2 à 3 ateliers par semaine.

 

 

Rock planting_part 2.

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Mixing of keto and akadama starting with a half-half ratio.

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Then adding keto and water until the right proportion is achieved.

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Too much water and the mixture disolves. Not enough water and everything crumbles apart.

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The correct proportion is attained when we have a sticky volume that doesn’t fall apart.

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The fixing wires for the trees are being attached to the stones with epoxy (2-compound glue).

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Unraveling of the Juniper which already had a thoroughly prepared repotting earlier.

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A compact clod is needed for a successful transfer of the tree.

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First of all, a thick layer of mixture is applied to the locations where the trees are being planted.

 

Will be continued tomorrow.

05/21/2013

Rock planting_part 1.

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Two students requested to create a rock-planting. Here one can see the stone (rock) picked by Raimond.

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Rock sceneries demand a special soil mix; the correct mixture of Keto and Akadama plus water.

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These are three out of four Black pines from our nursery that will be used. The material is adapted to the size of the stone and already trimmed and wired.

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The buds are almost fully developed, they will not be shortened in order to prevent a halt of growth while replanting.

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The trees are being thoroughly unraveled.

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This is Micky’s grey volcanic rock.

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This Juniper, see post of 30/01/2013 "Last weekend's workshop_1" was styled earlier with the purpose of creating the rock formation today.

 Will be continued tomorrow.

 

05/20/2013

Good ol' days .

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 More than 15 years ago; Hans Van Meer and Carlos Van der Vaart in my old garden, making some deadwood  Lachen

05/19/2013

"One to One" workshop.

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The Acers that grew their foliage outdoors have almost matured and become ready for pruning. This is a tree of excellent quality that has had light pinching performed by the owner.

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It was a very wise decision for such “top material” to be presented on a “one-to-one” workshop because this kind of work has to be performed without distraction. Also it is better that the pruning needed for balancing is being continued non-stop. Even at a professional tempo 2 hours were required.

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Inner and outer growth well balanced.

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Only one branch needed gentler trimming in order to gain strength, all the others were well balanced.

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A one-to-one workshop doesn’t mean working on a lot of trees but it does mean working neatly, correctly and with an eye for detail. This is the reason I perform the more delicate tasks myself while the owner observes until he or she has understood everything so that they can continue more self-confident. In this case the owner brought with him a second tree on which he could apply about the same technique while I pruned the bigger one.

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Each tree has a different approach on how much it needs to be trimmed and on how much foliage has to be removed. All of this is being determined by the inner buds. With all the trees undergoing this technique, the second trimming pays of the most regarding good, well-grown ramification.

 “One-to-one” workshops are very interesting for important and intensive operations. They last 2 hours. It’s purpose is to learn techniques correctly that cannot be performed on a group’s workshop due to time limitations.

 

05/18/2013

Larix.

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For this Larix it is way too early to prune and the foliage is too young and too brittle to start doing anything.

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This Larix is getting its “pruning in proportion” which means adjusting the length of the branches to the width of the trunk. This kind of cutting back has nothing to do with maintenance.

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Finished pruning, dense foliage close to the trunk.

05/17/2013

Picea.

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This Picea that has been styled almost a year ago, now comes back in our studio to get the first pruning and preparation for the next growing season.

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The starting material was well prepared last year. We already achieved a compact growth and the result will be even more impressive next season.

05/16/2013

Taxus baccata.

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 This Taxus was first styled from a garden plant for over more than 15 years ago.

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The tree came in for thinning out the upper part. This doesn't only mean just removing some twigs but also improvement of the tree's form must be achieved.

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Taxus baccata takes a few years longer than Taxus cuspidata to obtain fully developed branches all around the trunk. Now there is an equal balance between upper and lower branches.

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Detail of the thinned out crown. This tree was presented on a "Two to One" workshop. These kinds of detailed pruning require a minimum of one and a half to two hours intensive work, but the difference before and after shows.

05/15/2013

Pinus thunbergii.

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This Black pine hasn’t had the right upkeep since a couple of years, both as in pruning and watering.

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This tree gets a new “make-over” starting with removing old needles. Afterwards we’ll have to wait for the best period in which it can be pruned and that time is being determined by the tree itself.

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 Detail of the poorly maintained pine:

-      -  Unequal growth.

-      -  Three different lengths of needles.

-      -  No back budding.

-     -   Weak branches within.

It is advisable for this tree to be repotted on a mixture suitable for our wet climat and in an oversized pot to regain its vigour in order to be able to prune it correctly next year.


 

 

05/14/2013

Chamaecyparis Boulevard.

 

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Chamaecyparis boulevard before styling about 17 years ago.

Most enthouisiastics from the era when this variety was popular have already ceased their hobby. Others, still active, have given up on this species. Only a few, tenacious as they were, have successfully turned these plants into bonsai. The key in these cases is all about botanical and artistic pruning.This particular tree is about 17 years in training, has vigorous health plus it has a unique style. Congrats Luc. Out of the numerous boulevards that were started up in these days, this is one of the few that have reached its goal. The secret lies in the botanical knowledge and not in the artistical...

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 Winter 2003. One of the many wirings the tree needed.

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Winter 2003, detail nebari.

 

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On display on one of the  "Kei Bonsai Kai" exhibitions.

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The tree in May 2013.
Now we are going to use a different technique to achieve a compact dense foliage.

 

 

 

05/13/2013

Bougainvillea BIG SIZE for sale.

 

 

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For sale; Bougainvillea. Very good tree for further refinement. An ideal short-term project, about 3 years to improve rootbase and refinement of the branch structure. Very interesting price for such quality: 1,750€

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