Friday, July 31, 2009

European spruce # 54

Finally I wired the thing a second time. A couple of weeks ago I showed it after the wire came off and I had throughly edited the crown. Someone critisized me for having taken of too much. I admit it looked like it. But now one can see that with my kind of styling the crown looks like it has enough foliage again. I think it does not need much more in the future. Now the wire will stay on another three years. And then we'll see. The last image is a virtual showing the same pot by Peter Krebs, only much smaller. Maybe next spring I will find the smaller pot for it.

European spruce, Picea abies, collected by peter Thali in in Switzerland 2001, around 100 years old, pot by Peter Krebs, 30 cm high.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Spruce by Alex

This is a European spruce, Picea abies, which I have collected in 1994. It sat around for many years and noone wanted to work with it. Finally Alex started with it a few weeks ago. Here is the result after first serious stying. Good job Alex!

spruce # 20

The deadwood was edited somewhat, the spirals in the trunk are now clear. Then he wood was treated with my new bleaching liquid. Now it has the real wood look and not the white bonsai wood appearance. One has to get used to it. It is like the girl without make up.

The spruce in the wooden pot

Roland Koepfer had shown his wooden pots in the German bonsai forum some time ago. They tore him to pieces. I seemed to have been the only one who saw some value in wooden pots. So he gave two to me. Here is one with a collected European spruce, Picea abies which is around 100 years old and 60 cm high.
See more of Roland here: Roland's site

ponderosa # 3

Ponderosa pine, Pinus ponderosa, collected in Colorado in 1999. First image 2001.a few days ago I plucked all the old needles (yes, I even pluck ponderosa needles and do not use scissors). Then I wired the tree for the second time. The last image shows a virtual with a possible new pot.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Late Summer Meeting, August 29, 2009

As every year bonsai enthusiasts will meet on the last Saturday of august, August 29,2009, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm in my garden for the Late summer Meeting 2009. This is not a commercial event, it is a party for bonsai friends. Everybody is invited who is somehow serious with bonsai.
It is not necessary to announce your coming - just come.

Sonnenhamer Str. 6
D-82544 Egling-Attenham
This is 10 miles sough of Munich
telephone: 08176-455
email bonsai(at)

This party has no entrance fee.
So what will we offer:
First of all you can see my collection of several hundred world famous bonsai and lots of trees you have never can meet a few hundred folks from all over Europe. Up to now I have announcements from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy Croatia, Slovenia, Tchechia, Portugal, Netherlands.
I will do tree critiques most of the time. You can bring your own tree, from seedling to master piece and I will analyze it and give recommendations.

- Mauro Stemberger, President of UBI, the Italian Association, who has won several national and international awards will style a collected tree. So will Philipp Reinfurt, who is only 16 years old - you will be surprised.

English and German are the official languages.

This year the garden is only open on Saturday! In the evening, starting 6:30 pm we will meet at 'Jaegerhof' nearby for eating and lots of beer.
There are quite a smaller hotels around with reasonably priced rooms.

Make up your mind!!

Monday, July 27, 2009

mugo parade

All these are collected mugo pines, Pinus mugo. All are in shohin size, meaning smaller than 25 cm. Some will have to get wired again soon.