Thursday, September 27, 2012

Mugo pine #7

Mugo pine, Pinus mugo, collected in Switzerland in 1995, first image as of 1998, second as of 1999, pot Chinese.The old needles were plucked and the crown edited slightly. This tree will be exhibited over the coming weekend at the regional show in Burghausen, Bavaria, Germany.

WP in Portland, OR Nov. 27 and 28

I will be back in Portland, OR  in November of this year.  On Tuesday, November 27, I will do a program at the Portland club. in the evening. The subject will be 'tree inspiration' which is an extended tree critique. Bring any tree or piece of material and I will speak about it in public.Contact the Portland Club: Greg Brenden  gbrenden(at)

On Wednesday, November 28  workshops will be offered which are organized by Randy Knight,  either full day of half day. Silent observes for a fee are welcome.  Lurkers can look for 30 minutes for free whether they want to  participate now or in the future. Call Randy 1-503-306-6323 or write him  oregonbonsai(at) to put you on the mailing list and/or  register.
you can bring your own stuff or Randy will supply you with a tree. Beginners are very welcome. They should, however, participate as observers. That way they will learn more. 

Winter with Walter and Jim Nov.30 to Dec. 2

Winter with Walter and Jim will be held again from Friday, November 30 to Sunday, December 2 at Nature's Way Nursery in Harrisburg, PA. Bonsai Academy with bring your own workshop and also workshop with trees from the nursery.
Call Nature's Way Nursery (Jim Doyle) for more information and signing up:

(717) 545-4555

or write:

Nature's Way Nursery -

It will be possible to participate as
- full member two days
- full member one day
- silent observer for a fee one or two days
- lurker for free for 20 to 30 minutes to see what's going on and to decide whether you want to participate immediately or later

It will be possible to purchase exquisite collected American material right then for everyone. You don't need to take part in the Bonsai Academy for that. There will be a special discount just on these days.
There are about 300 collected trees there. A few dozen are outright world class, many very good, all hand selected by myself. There are over 150 trees in the range from US$ 45 to 600, about 50 from 600 to 1,500. Everybody can find himself a genuine American collected tree. Ponderosa pines, Rocky Mountein junipers, Engelman spruce and many other native species are availble
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 150 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.

I look forward to see you all there.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Tatarian honeysuckle #2

Tatarian honeysuckle, Lonicera tatarica. First image as of 2010. Now in pot with glazing by WP.

European spruce #47

European spruce, Picea abies, first image as of 2003, then as of June 2012. Now it looked quite healthy. Patrick was here and he wired the crown.

Rocky Mountain Juniper #4

Rocky Mountain Juniper , Juniperus scopulorum, pot by Derek Aspinall. Detailed wiring and some crown editing.

Japanese White Pine #1

Japanese White Pine, Pinus pentaphylla, pot by John Pitt. It's coming along nicely. All old needles were plucked and the crown edited just slightly.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Virtual for mugo pine #32

Marco sent this virtual which is possible.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Mugo pine #32

Pinus mugo, mugo pine. A few weeks ago this one got first styling. Only the thickest branches were wired. I wanted to see the tree very healthy before I wired everything. This was the case now. The wire will sty on for at least tow years, probably longer. Eventually I will have to find the final pot for this promising tree.

Rocky Mountain Juniper #6

Rocky Mountain Juniper, Juniperus scopulorum, collected in South Dakota in 1998. This one was already pretty far in development. But unfortunately it got attacked by fungus several times and lost most of it's foliage. I have treated it with strong copper solution a few times and now it seems to be stable. The smaller branches were all wired now.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Bonsai stolen at Rueger, Germany

This pomegranate, Punica granatum, was stolen in the night September 13 to 14 from Bonsai Rueger, Germany.

Scots pine #3 old needles plucked

Old needles were all plucked. The branches were slightly edited. This tree appears quite mature by now. I am thinking of possibly showing it at Noelanders Trophy 2013.

Before and after images.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Scots pine #17

Scots pine, Pinus sylvestris. New training pot. I late summer of 2013 the crown will be finally styled.

Rocky Mountain Juniper #5

Rocky Mountain Juniper, Juniperus scopulorum, collected in South Dakota in 2000, pot by Peter Krebs. This is the second major styling. The last image is a virtual - I have extended the left side a bit. This should be easy within the next two years.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

European spruce #2

European spruce, Picea abies, collected in Germany in 1986, - first image. Then two images as of May 2012. The tree has not been fully wired in ten years. The branches start to look a bit poodely. So the whole tree was carefully edited, many small branches removed, everything wired. It too a few days! Now the wire will stay on for three to four years. Then the tree should shine and be presentable again.