Spring.

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Lots of colors for the moment in our greenhouses.

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In our pré bonsai area there is a lot of interesting material for the moment.

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First trees come in the studio for pinching.

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Acer p. Shishi Gashira and Acer buergerianum.

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Wisteria starts flowering.

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Detail of the beginning of flowering. This is a very nice variety with very long flowers

Wednesdays workshop – Part 2.

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This Sabina yamadori was offered for sale, see my post of 11 December 2012. The owner pre wired the tree.

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 We will change the position of the tree in the pot.

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We prepare the rootball for that new angle in the pot.

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Selection of the pot.

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We chose a pot with the correct shape. It is not the final pot, so the color is not important for the moment.

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Start positioning the branches.

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The result seen from above. This will be a very interesting tree.

Wednesdays workshop – Part 1.

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This Tamarix had his first styling a few weeks ago. A typical style for Tamarix is the “weeping” style. Some other varieties such as Prunus and Salix are also often used for this style.

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This is just the start of the “weeping” style; the branches completely wired but we will not keep the full length of the branches, we always prune back in proportion and start a new shoot at the top of the pruned branch. This is the right way to build a good “weeping” style.

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Today we only do the repotting. A drastic root pruning and choose a second training pot that fits the style.

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The tree is potted in pure Akadama. Next work on this tree will be already beginning or mid June.

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A black Pine came on the workshop with some big mistakes in branch placement. Looks good on the outside, but many defects inside. We started with the structure of the tree and pruned all the defects away.

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The tree will come later in a smaller pot. Now we give the tree a new wiring and we let some branches grow longer than others. Our goal is to end up with a nice bunjin Black Pine.

 

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Some small trees to start shohin projects.

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An Olive tree shopped off to make it smaller.

 

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An olive tree repotted, now ready for branch selection and wiring.

Mondays workshop-Part 2.

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 This Larix yamadori came in on the workshop for a root improvement.

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The thickest roots were not in proportion with the tree so we cut them and the smaller roots underneath will take over.

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Double trunc Larix repotted in a handmade Dan Barton pot.

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After the “Kei Bonsai Kai” meeting many Squamata Junipers come on the workshop to learn the correct technique to achieve good quality foliage.

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This Mugo Pine Bunjin came in for repotting and improvement of the angle.

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This Trident Maple came in for repotting. The grafts are successfully growing and produce new roots where needed.

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Same Trident Maple. Also this material was started up from a clump without branches about five years ago.

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Choosing a wider pot for a better Nebari in the future.

*nebari is the visible spread of roots above the growing medium at the base of a bonsai.

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Repotting of a Deshojo Maple.

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Preparing a shohin Juniper for next growing season.
So far our workshops were very busy in spring. We follow up all te trees of our students so they end up succesfully without risk and in the shortest time possible.