Walter Pall's main blog about bonsai and his work with trees from day to day. Lots of good pictures of good trees and lots of valuable information about bonsai.
Walter,Inspiring tree!Please comment on your thoughts concerning the trunk placement in the new pot. Was this by neccessity due to the roots, or is this the optimum aesthetic position?Regards,Martin
Martin,the rootbal was much smaller than I thought seeing this big tree in the enormous box. It was just about possible to be caried by two people. Now I can carry the tree alone without help. I had ample leeway to place the trunk almost wherever I wanted. So this is the msot pleasing position for my eyes for the future design. Mind you, it was not placed according to the present crown, but according to the crown tha tree will have in five years. We will see in five years whether this is still the best position. It can be changed for sure then if necessary.Walter
Hi Walter,Everyone knows you strongly believe that North America has superior wild material to Europe (and even the rest of the world). You have said this on more than one occasion. I assume you are mostly talking about RMJ's, which admittedly are pretty awesome. But some people over here feel that Europe has an edge with the mugo pine. Like North America, Europe has good spruce and juniper, but Europe also has a stellar mountain pine for bonsai application. As far as I know, no North American mountain pine has yet been shown to be a match for the mugo.Surely we cannot live on junipers alone? Or is there a pine that grows in the Rockies that you feel is its rival? I am really interested to know what you think about this. ThanksA.
Aaron,As far as pines in America go: outstandig ponderosas are availbale by the thousands, I have seen pitch pines which come close to the mgos. I have seen forests full fo pitch pines of outstanding quality. I have seen areas with thousands of Jack pines. They are some of the best pines in the world. But nobody is using them. I have seen larches and spruce in Canada, beyond believe. Pinus banksiana in the Northeast can be extemely good, Pinus contorta in the Northwest can match the best mugos, and there are more. Believe me, I have seen tehm. They are there.Wyh don't you guys start using them instead of looking at what we have with envy?Walter
Alright alright, another point for Walter :( Another awesome one I've only seen in the mountains, nowhere else, is the 5 needle pine White Bark Pine Pinus albicaulis, very short needles and tortured trunks like you wouldn't believe. I can't believe I have never seen one of these as a bonsai - yet.
In case you want to see any updates on the tree(s) above since this blog entry, here are the links to each tree(s):1) Mugo Pine #25
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