Thursday, March 22, 2012

Barberry bonsai

Here are some new images of an old barberry. The first photograph is of the plant when I first got it, a tangled mess

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Collected Winged Elm bonsai

This plant may not look like it has much potential. Straight trunk, no taper, and relatively no surface roots to speak of.. however, I believe in the core of my psyche that this plant, in time, will look like a real tree that just got shrunken. I mean naturalistic and pure like a real tree. Imo too many bonsai don't rly look like real trees. They still look good. Just not real. And today more than ever there is a high value on what is really real.

Monday, March 12, 2012

crabapple bonsai, mica pot

Spring is just around the corner here in the Ohio River Valley. Turns out that my crabapple wants it to be spring right now and is furiously trying to grow leaves. I repotted into a round mica pot to hopefully develope its roots a little more because they are so lacking. The bark is developing nicely and the tree appears healthy. Since all of the primary branch structure in position, now we will build the canopy out. I was thinking maybe even a larger than "usual" canopy since the tree is so tall and snakey. I'm excited to see what happens.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Another collected crabapple bonsai

I was planning on letting this one develope in the ground for another year or two, however, when I checked on it I noticed that some animal had damaged the bark on some of the surrounding trees. This was not easy.

Day of collecting, a hawthorn bonsai from the cincinnati area

Here it is finally. I discovered this tree in the spring of 2010. I conditioned it int the field until today. With the help of a friend, we unearthed two decently large hawthorn plants. This the one I kept and my friend took the other. We beat the crap out of it and cut the roots back as far as possible. Hopefully its buds open soon and it can begin its new life as a container plant