Sunday, December 28, 2014

First snow

Finally we got some snow too.
About 35cm which is enough for the bonsai to be well protected from the up-comminc cold.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Best wishes to all

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Another semi-cascade

There I go again, making another semi-cascade shohin juniper. I got this juniper in summer. At first glence I saw a nice shihin in it, without the upper part of the crown. Finally the time for styling came.

After thinning the foilage and working on the dead parts. Time to put some wire on.

I'm hoping to find a nice stone to plant it on next year.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Big white in new pot

I decided to repot my big white pine, since the root ball was very compact and my syling 3 months ago was not drastic at all. So I figured it was no problem to repot.

At my last trip to the Czech Repiblic I was fortunate enough to visit the work place of the potter Pravoslav Dorda, who was making pots for Isabelia not long ago. And there I found this nice oval.

First layer is big pumice for drainage.

I cover it with some smaller layer which I use to the top. I mix akadama, kiryu, pumice and chabasai in equal parts.

Time to take the tree out of the pot.

Sadly a no-go, so the pot had to be broken.

Removing the thin but compact outher layer of roots, most of them dead.

Removing some old soil. The easiest way to do this is to use a screwdriver.

The undersite.

And the pine in its new pot. Two photos, black and white background.

I apologize for some photos being of bad quality.