Photo taken by Frans Jacobs. 

The quotation on judgment of a tree is always the quality of the potential and how it looks for the moment. That means that a very good tree that is not proper trimmed or maintained can have a very low quotation on a judgment. Whatever the material is, seedling, garden plant, yamadori etc it is finally the technique that is correctly done over the years that gives a tree the image that it deserves. On last “Kei Bonsai Kai” meeting there was a Juniperus squamata, it was not an eye catcher at first side, but between all the high potential and spectacular trees was this the best quality bonsai. Branches, ramifications, leaf and bud quality was perfect. The tree was not even 5 years in training, including first styling, and he was presented at the meeting with the best image you can imagine of any  other Juniper. Dirk, the owner, did exactly what he was told to do during the whole process. To reach that level it is as difficult as any difficult variety like Juniperus rigida, Juniperus procumbens etc. This is proof that it is possible to reach a high class result with the most ordinary material on the market. It tells a lot about the owner and his understanding what he is doing. Congratulations to Dirk, if you can do this, you can do any tree you want.


Pinus sylvestris yamadori for sale.




Today I prepared 4 Pinus sylvestris yamadori, ready for styling. I create the jins and pruned all the unnecessary branches. They are all 4 to 5 years in the pot. They are ready for the first raffia and wiring. They all 4 have a different style caracter. They are priced up between 600€ and 1600€. This weeks offer -40% discount. If not sold I style them next week.

Grafted Juniperus – Part 4.


Now it is time for the repotting. In his pot of the last two years the Juniper made a complete new root ball. Now I can remove the last pieces of the old root ball.


This is the new round pot for the tree and this will be the angle we will pot it.


Potted in the correct angle. An upper layer with keto and moss. This is to protect the young roots which are above the pot level.


The tree seen from another angle.


The Juniper in the glasshouse. This is another story of a long time project with no heavy and no drastic bendings. The preparartion of the material and timing is important.


Grafted Juniperus – Part 3.



The Juniper eight years later. All branches are stabilized and need no more wire. On this photo the tree is just thinned out and ready for the final step in his shaping. Two years ago I put the tree in another pot to achieve a better root ball.


Now I want to do with the dead wood as I did eight years ago with the first piece, without good result then because the wood was still wet (see my post from yesterday 1703.13). The jin is now totally dry, I put towels which I heated in boiled water around the wood. This I do for about 20 minutes and then I can start bending.


Bending of the dry wood without breaking.


Doing with two hands what normally should be done with four hands; bending and fixing the wire at the same time.


This was the movement I wanted to achieve the first time. This is again proof that the time to let the dead wood dry first naturally is important and then bend with a simple old skool technique. Now we have a very ellegant beautiful movement of a branch that gives the impression of being dead for a very long time and a tree that is growing around the branch.