occasional diary of my native trees - občasný denník mojich stromov

nedeľa, 22. októbra 2017

Small trees

1. Ulmus
2. Potentilla fruticosa
3. Cotoneaster horizontalis
4. Acer palmatum
5. Acer campestre
6. Forsythia

štvrtok, 10. augusta 2017

Beech trees - Buky R.I.P.

This is the last goodbye to my beech trees. They started to enlarge the new buds in spring, but then after the strong late frosts in the april/ may, didn´t wake up. Picture from may 2017.
Toto je posledné zbohom týmto trom bukom. Na jar začali nalievať puky, ale po neskorých silných mrazoch na prelome apríla a mája sa už nezobudili. Fotka z mája 2017. 

štvrtok, 3. augusta 2017

Privet stump

Big ligustrum grows already in a first bonsai pot. It´s not exactly as I wish. New pot should be a little wider and not so deep. I would like to enhance the impression of the group of trees, growing in the flat landscape. The tree is really too heavy weight to carry for one person. The pot is 52 cm long and I said to myself no more such huge trees...
This is after the second trimming in this season. It has quite a brokoli-look. I would like to have in the crown or silhouette some empty spaces, but I´m not sure where to trim and where not...
I hate sharp and exactly defined pads on deciduous trees, they just don´t grow that way. But I feel I neet to lighten the crown. I don´t know how, so I let it in this state for now. I just pulled down some low branches, to make the crown wider.


Raw garden material in spring 2012.

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pondelok, 31. júla 2017

Arenaria lithops - Piesočnica

Korean hornbeam - Hrab kórejský

Update of my Korean hornbeam. It grows really strong, I´m happy with it. Im not sure if I´m doing right, but I prune only the upper part of the crown. Lower branches are untouched. Looks like weeping willow :)

Acer negundo No.2 - Javorovec jaseňolistý č. 2

After devoliation in may, I had to remove more and more leaves in summer, to let the sun reach the inner buds.

Acer negundo No.1 - Javorovec jaseňolistý

Update of this big tree with big leaves. First post is here.


In 2013 after thread grafting. Two grafts made it, another two did not, because big part of the trunk died. Im happy with the lowest one, it´s the most important branch in composition. I let the lowest branch grow free to gain vigor. I chopped it down in early summer this year.

štvrtok, 27. júla 2017

New privet - nový vtáčí zob

I was looking forward to work on this new material, originally from our local compost junkyard. This stump was thrown out bare-rooted. It looked like promising piece of wood, so I took it home and gave it a chance to survive. And it survived :) I let it grow free without any steps for a season. Initial carving and styling was done two weeks ago. Next carving work will continue when the dead wood dries.
Tešil som sa na prácu s týmto novým materiálom, pochádzajúcim z našej lokálnej kompostárne. Tento peň tam ležal s obnaženými koreňmi. Vyzeral celkom sľubne, preto som ho zobral domov a dal mu šancu žiť. A prežil :) Nechal som ho voľne rásť jednu sezónu. Prvé tvarovanie a úprava mŕtveho dreva prišli na rad pred dvoma týždňami. Ďalšie detailnejšie práce na mŕtvom dreve budem robiť keď drevo uschne.

Before carving work. I cut off several sub-trunks in spring.
Pred frézovacími prácami. Na jar som sa zbavil niekoľkých podružných kmeňov.

After work. 

pondelok, 22. mája 2017

Ulmus hollandica 'Jacqueline Hillier'

Small elm tree grown from cutting. Those curves on the trunk are little unnatural. Well, it´s a sin from my bonsai youth :)