Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Woodstock V at Nature's Way Nursery in Harrisburg, Pa

See this interesting thread at Bonsai Nut:

I answered this:

With amusement I am following this thread. It is amazing how much a simple promotional video can stir up the whole place.
My take on the video is that it is clearly meant to promote Ryan's name and business. The message is supposed to be "a world class stylist like Ryan and a world class collector like Randy are unbeatable". I can only endorse this statement. Unbeatable where? Well, according to what I have seen so far in America and in Europe, may well be even in Asia. To me this is no surprise at all. I knew this since more than three years. Now it's becoming reality. It will most certainly change the scene in my opinion. We will get used to it.

Regarding WP trees at Nature's Way Nursery I admit that WP stands for Walter Pall. I have the honor to be the scout for Jim Doyle. I am searching for outstanding material for affordable prices around America for Jim. So WP means 'hand picked by Walter Pall'.

Regarding fairness: Yes, the world is unfair. There are a few who have a lot and many who have so little. And it should be the other way round. I call for occupy Woodstock V. What is this? It is an event, a happening with a bombastic name at Natures Way Nursery in Harrisburg, Pa. It has by now lived up to the name and Harrisburg is getting ready for a great weekend.

There are about 300 collected trees already there. A few dozen are outright world class, many very good, all hand selected by myself. There are abpout 150 trees in the range from US$ 45 to 600, about 50 from 600 to 1,500 and a cople dozen over that. Everybody can find himself a genuine American collected tree whidh he can afford.
They give guarantee for recently collected stuff as long as you leave it in the nursery - money back or credit in case the tree did not make it. There are over 100 collected trees which are very well established and can be worked on right away.

I am not aware whether there is a nursery in all of America which has such a lot quality collected stuff to offer. East of the Rockies Nature's Way Nursery is THE source for quality collected trees.

In spring of 2012 there will be about 200 or more new trees again. Woodstock V as part of the International Bonsai Academy with Walter Pall will be held from March 30 to April 2 again. On April 2 there will be two workshops again, one with ponderosa pines.

It is indeed most unfair that one single nursery should have the largest offer of quality collected stock east of the Mississippi. I think this place should be occupied and relieved of most trees. Folks should take advantage of the sales promotion discount for this weekend only.
They can also protest by attending the International Bonsai Academy from Friday, to Sunday and possibly the workshop on Monday.
On Saturday we have the by now legendary Saturday Night Noise at the nursery. Everybody will bring a musical instrument and we make a lot of noise together while drinking beer.

The International Academy can be attended by protestants in several ways:

regular member for one or more days
silent observer for one or more days
lurker for 30 minutes to see whether you like it and decide about your status
just protestant who takes advantage of the new selection for reduces prices for the weekend and otherwise ignores us.

I hope to see a few from this forum there. Clytus should go by all means. He is obviously into the Occupy Woodstock Movement. There will probably two psychiatrists attending the academy as members ( no kidding). They could offer some friendly help to Clytus. And for Saturday night bring your trumpet.

Nature's Way Nursery, 1451 Pleasant Hill Rd.
Harrisburg, PA 17112
Jim Doyle (717)545-4555
Nature's Way Nursery <>

Monday, February 27, 2012

two larches and one forsythia for sale or trade

Two collected larches, Larix decidua and one Forsythia for sale or trade. Very nice and well established trees, ready for immediate exhibit. All about 35 to 40 cm high.

Maidenhair oak refurbished

Maidenhair oak, Quercus pubescens, 75 cm high, about 50 years old, collected in Italy in 2000, acquired in 2002 - first image.
Time for refurbishing. Removal of leaves, cutting back long branches, wiring for four hours.
Now the tree will stay like this for more than twelve months. Then the wire will be removed. in spring of 2013 I hope to have a better hand made pot for it.
It is typical of trees in the naturalistic bonsai style that they have many fronts and it is hard to decide for the best one.

See the whole story here:

Saturday, February 18, 2012

new privet

So far I did not have a decent privet (Ligustrum vulgare) in my collection. At Noelanders Trophy I fund this one which was on for a silent auction over the weekend. Some big names showed interest. In the end it turned out that I was the highest bidder.
This tree apparently was cut of of an English hedge many years ago. It was styled by an English amateur who unfortunately has passed away.
I hope I can do justice to this heritage. At the moment my plan is to fit it somehow onto this very interesting piece of wood. We'll see and report in April.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Last really cold day

This night we had minus 18°C. This is supposed to be the last one of the cold days. We will even get temperatures above freezing soon. let's see.

Friday, February 10, 2012

still quite cold

But getting better - slowly.

Thursday, February 2, 2012


We got minus 10 ° C today. Tomorrow it's supposed to be even colder.