Acer p. deshoyo_Part 2.

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After one growing season; The grafts have grown into the holes and new shoots are being cut back once. Still, these plants don’t look as roots nor render visible results yet.

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A year or three later. On the grafts little twigs are being thinned out and cut back. Left: a tree from the same series. Right: the better developed project.

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Every summer the tree is getting a light maintenance trim. The green leaves below are from the grafts (the pulling plants).

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From the fifth year on the grafts begin to perform their task well and provide a wide trunk’s base.

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Every now and then the shoots are pruned back drastically and new, lower branches are added.

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The project has completely grown towards its ample dish.  Every midsummer trimming the grafts. The tree receives an even bigger dish.

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After 7 years, the grafts (Branches) became roots.

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Wiring and styling. The tree has developed going from a 38 cm to a 76 cm pot. The grafts keep up the good work year after year.

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The base of the tree’s trunk, now 19 years later, the pulling ends are completely removed but only after 12 years and the roots were drastically shortened after every repotting.  It took a long way but it was worth it.

Acer p. deshoyo_Part 1.

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This was the base of my Acer p. deshoyo about 19 years ago.

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The goal was to obtain a strong developed rootbase.

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These are young plants of Acer p. which will serve to pull on the whole project in order to have it develop  faster.

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Preparing the young material.

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Preparing the roots of the young material.

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The three young  plants that will be used to pull are being added. The bark is peeled off on the lower part in order to get new root formation closer to the trunk.

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Just below the root base three holes are being drilled to fit in the pulling new plants. Very important: These activities are being performed during rest-phase of the tree November/December.

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We drill on locations where the trunk base isn’t fully developed.

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The pulling plants are grafted 1.5 cm deep into the trunk. The whole is being  transferred in an oversized growing pot with straight akadama.

 Will be continued tomorrow.







Good Ol’days_Visit to Mr. Iwasaki – 1.


Visiting the late Daizo Iwasaki in 2005. Mr. Iwasaki visited my garden a couple of times and he was an honoured guest at the Ginkgo Awards. In 2007 he appointed me as advisor for the WBF (World Bonsai Federation).  However, from that moment I decided  that I could mean more here on my own bonsai nursery and that there was no time left to hold a traveling position in the bonsaiworld.

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Until he died we kept in touch though and the man understood my situation completely.

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Big Juniper chinensis yamadori.

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Juniper chinensis yamadori styled by Kimura on the world congress in Korea, I think it was in 2002 or 2003.

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His recently created  landscape garden.

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This is only a part from Mr. Iwasaki’s bonsai collection. He was a collector and didn’ sell any trees.

Good Ol’ days_visit to Japan.

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Kimura & Danny.

This picture is taken about 16 years ago in Kimura’s garden.

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In the old garden of Mansei-En when Sabura Kato was still alive.  Already a living legend that was fortunate for Omia Bonsai Village.

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Slurping noodles the Japanese way.


Thanks to this man, Noburo Kaneko, the Ginkgo Awards have become what they were supposed to. He taught me all there was to learn about esthetics in bonsai and what to do with it on exhibitions. A great master and artist. The Old Skool generation left its legacy and everybody that still uses it is very grateful to these people.