Tamarix 2.



Another Tamarix, part of my collection for a long time already. The same treatment as the Tamarix 1 (see post yesterday).


Every year a few branches that were wired but not fully hardened and therefore died are being removed.


Selecting and thinning out branches. I never do this too soon and let the new growth mature to its full length before styling.


Fixation of the oldest branches determine a good “weeping” character and from there on we build the tree up with younger falling branches.


An old tree with character in the right style.

 This tree is for sale as well.



Tamarix 1.


This Tamarix came in my possession beginning of the 90’s. Originally it was a straight trunk. It was on this tree that I practiced to make a saba miki with powertools for the first time. Throughout the years  the tree leaned over more and more and that’s how I obtained this beautiful shape.


Tamarix is one of the varieties fitting excellent for weeping-style. The young shoots grow each year plentiful and straight up and they need to be thinned out, selected and wired.


A very old weeping tree with lots of character. Within the next few months some more wiring will be performed. This is one of the trees that will always keep their image but will need to be adjusted every year in this style. Every time at the end of summer we have a tree well balanced in foliage/trunk.

The old trunk will always have to play a leading role here. It is for sale for an interesting price.


Taxus cuspidata.


Pinching Taxus cuspidata. During the developmental years pinching is done in different ways. All the time according to the needs of the tree and branches.  Here this tree is in a phase where we pinch only on the outer part of the branches.


A minor issue here: the fertilizer lies too concentrated and thick on the surface. Therefore it has to be raked apart more to prevent root damage by burning. We find ourselves now in the most important season for healthy and successful growth of both prebonsai and bonsai. Every mistake that is made now will be punished by growth being brought to a halt, dying of young or even older branches, silting-up of the surface, even young buds not opening and so on… Fertilizing is important but in a correct way and at the exact  time.

Even with this Taxus a light pruning is being performed along with pinching to keep everything in balance. The densification of the plateaus follows rapidly as a result of each growing period and this will occur very beautifully in the best placed branches. All other twigs with no future are being removed regularly during the whole development phase. This is growing bonsai the “Old Skool” way.



Pinus summer workshop on the 6th of july.

 Pinus zomer workshop op 6 juli.


 Deze Pinus sylvestris staan klaar voor een 6uur durende workshop.

 These ‘sylvestris’ pines are now  ready for a 6 hour long workshop.


Het dode hout wordt manueel gevormd en afgewerkt, deze stompen zijn allen reeds goed droog en kunnen “The Old Skool Way” gevormd worden met een natuurlijk ogend resultaat.

Deadwood is being created and finished manually, the stumps have already dried out well and they can be crafted “The Old Skool” way with natural looking results.


Korte dikke oude stammen.

Short, thick old trunks.


Bomen staan allen 3 en 4 jaar in pot en zijn voorgesnoeid met voldoende vertakkingen voor een eerste mooie vormgeving.

Trees that are already 3 and 4 years in pots and are prepared with enough ramification left for a first beautiful styling.


Ook voor Bunjin stijl staan er bomen klaar, deze hebben reeds 1 pre bedrading gehad.

There are even trees ready for Bunjin style, they’ve all had a first pre-wiring.


 Hier staan zowel bomen voor mid size als voor de iets grotere maat.

 Here we have trees for mid-size and also a little bigger.


Het potentieel voor een elegante Bunjin. Na 1 workshop zal dit materiaal zijn ware schoonheid tonen.

The potential for an elegant Bunjin.  After 1 workshop this kind of material will show its true beauty.



Zeer dikke stammen en compact loof. De prijzen voor deze bomen zijn 150€,  175€, 200€ en 250€ afhankelijk van boom tot boom. Er kan vanaf nu worden gereserveerd. De workshop gaat door op zaterdag 6 juli van 10u tot 16u en lesgeld voor deze workshop is 40€. Op deze cursus wordt veel aandacht besteed aan jins en shari die handmatig zullen worden gemaakt.

 Very thick trunks and compact foliage. The prices for these trees are 150€, 175€, 200€ and 250€ depending on the tree. As of today reservations can be made. The workshop itself will be held on Saturday July 6th from 10 o’clock till 16 o’clock and the fee for this is 40€. On this workshop a lot of attention will be paid on jin and shari which will be crafted manually.



Juniperus Itiogawa.



Preparing Juniper for a successful growing season. This means carefully  thinning out especially with those trees that already reached their final image it is most important.  During this step one must carefully evaluate the tree’s health and strength in order to continue its training. As it happens this is a pruning for the Juniper’s most important growing season.


Pinus sylvestris.


Best time for pinching pines.


This pinching technique is only meant for trees that are already in a favourable phase of development for a couple of years.


The longest candles are being removed, some completely, others partial leaving just a small part, and this depending on the amount of back-budding.


In this developmental stage we limit our activities to the selection of candles while at the same time we still wait with picking the needles. This task could have been performed up to about a month ago. So during the outgrowth of the young candles needles are left alone for they, together with the young buds, are to brittle. Also leaving a few needles is necessary to enhance better back-budding.


In this season besides pinching and selecting candles and buds balancing of the branches is also required. This is a selective pruning for trees in their phase of development which is being performed from  around their second year of training until their final shape has been achieved.


A thinned out branch now ready to enter the growing season of pines with good results.


Bruce Springsteen.





Pyracantha styling.


This Pyracantha pre-bonsai is ready to be started up as a new project.


Just some more explanation about us having to thin out drastically and the owner agrees totally so we can go for it.


The thinned out tree;  now first of all we have to carefully finish off the cutting marks and apply wound paste.


After wiring and styling the branches. This will be approximately the front side in the future. The project will  being transfered in a very wide but flat growing-pot.  At the end of summer some first extra wiring will be done. This is going to be a three to five year project where in the meantime we will work on the rootbase, ramification, thickening of the main branches, taper and adjust where needed. Starting up trees this way is guaranteed to be successful in a fairly short time.


Juniperus yamadori.


Between the maintenance courses trees are being prepared on a regular base to be styled in autumn.


 This Juniper yamadori is now ready to be repotted and from there on it will enter summer with healthy new growth.


 A thorough repotting was needed because the rootball had grown too dense.


 A selective pruning and thinning out to obtain healthier growing foliage next September-October.


A better inclination after repotting. From there on apply liquid organic fertilizer with low nitrogen in the first month.  After that switch to a solid organic one and allow firm growth.  From the end of September this yamadori will be ready to be wired and styled. During the entire month of June trees can still be prepared to be styled in autumn.




Ginkgo biloba.


There are still prebonsai that are being started up.  Here we have a 4 meter high Ginkgo biloba.


The future height of the tree will be approximately 90 cm.


Interesting rootbase and a nicely spread ramification around the tree from top to bottom.


Filling up a first spacious bonsai pot with akadama and let the tree freely  grow for a summer.  This is going to be a nice starter plant for next season.  From the end of September newly prepared projects like these will be for sale.


Zelkova niré.




To air-layer sho-hin the sphagnum moss is being filtered through a fine sieve. This will improve better root formation.


The layering is necessary, this Zelkova niré has been built up to a fine base and it is being trimmed to stimulate second growth. The problem that we have to solve is the reversed taper line of the trunk base.


It’s going to be an interesting kifu or chu-hin, which will be determined after the layering.  A short, powerful and wide tree in the natural style for this variety.


An all round layering with root formation at the trunks’ bottom of the main tree.


A plastic container pot which has been cut for this purpose is used to keep the sphagnum moss together. On top we put a layer of akadama which is being lightly mixed with the sphagnum. First check-up will be the end of September because that is when we expect the first new root growth. When the result is satisfactory the layering is being removed and transfered in a first training pot.