Thursday, April 30, 2015

My trees for the exhibit in Poland

These are the trees that I will exhibit at the castle in Poland: two European spruce, Scots pine, Chinese elm.

Demo tree for Sasturday on the castle in Poland

Why are 99.9% of all big demonstration in bonsai done with conifers? Well, it is probably because you so easily can make a fool of yourself showingf a demo with broadleaved trees. They 99% of the time look much worse than before. Only a few years after the demo they look OK. But the general public judges you by what you have left right there. and this looks very bad. Who wants to look very bad? I have not much to loose and think it's abut time to tr to make a fool of myself. Therefore I chose to work with this oriental hornbeam, Carpinus orientalis on Saturday at the Polish castle (which used to be a German castle - but that's a long  story). This tree was collected in Croatia in 2010. It is very well established and look kind of frightening, doesn't it? We will see how Thomas and I tame this beast. I will report.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Scots pine #7

European spruce #54

Chinese elm #1

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Field maple #5

Mugo pine #59 in pot finally

 Thomas and Andy helped me to get this huge beast into a reasonably good Chinese pot. We used pure lava. The roots were fine and in a year I will start working on this tree,. The potential is great.