Friday, December 7, 2007

boxwood orgy

All these are Korean boxwood, Buxus microphylla Saunder's Dwarf, one is Kingsville variety. They are all beween 10 and 20 cm high, all shohin. These were selected from several hundred by myself last year. They are exactly one year in training. All in the naturalistic style. One typical feature of this style are the double fronts on all trees.


















9 comments:

Gerardo said...

Mr. Pall,
I love your boxwoods, they look like old field trees. What would you say should be the approach when working on a boxwood? I can see that you are following a naturalistic style, so could you advice what is that you look for to work with this type of tree? Any advice on styling boxwoods?

Walter Pall said...

That's quite simple. Make them look like real deciduous trees and forget the bonsai shapes. What's so difficult about this?

Patrick said...

Dear Walter.

These tree's are very back too basic.
They are not the tree's we are used too see made by you.
Is there a reason that you are showing these what inferior tree's?

Patrick.

Walter Pall said...

Oh yes Patrick, I show these as proof of what sort of quality one can achieve within twleve months from totally raw material. They are in development phase still, of course. These will be quite outstanding shohin and are not so far away from being finished. If you don't see the quality you are missing a lot here. If they don't ,look like 'bonsai' to you then you are missing the attempt to show trees which have no desire at all to lookn like 'bonsai'. They are supposed to look like ordinary trees, like oaks example.

Marinko said...

Nice shrub, distinguished from a tree by its multiple stems and lower height.

Walter Pall said...

The reactions are most interesting. I show these becasue I think they will be outstanding. As so often I am surprised that not everybody sees what I see. This is a good sign though. Every time this happened I know that I am on the right path.
Quite a few folks who see them in person think that they have the potential to become some of the very best broadleaved shohin in Europe.
They don't look like western traditional bonsai, they have no talent for this old-fashioned style. But they certainly have the talent to look like real mighty broadleved trees.
Another thing is that a bonsai can well look like a nice shrub. Who says that bonsai is about old fat trees only?

Walter

----t h rive---- said...

I think these are great.

I've started growing my first bonsai, a 'Green Mountain' boxwood (nursery plant) and I'm excited for it to turn out like these if I can. Like an old Oak of sorts. It'll be a few years as the trunk has barely started to thicken.

**Should I keep it in a larger pot for a while during foliage training, then get to the roots after some thickening?

Walter Pall said...

Yes, that's a good idea.

Walter

Joe said...

Beautiful selection!

Just got my first boxwood, it does look best when it doesn't look like a bonsai