occasional diary of my native trees - občasný denník mojich stromov

utorok 4. septembra 2018

Sacrifice branch - cut off

When I came home after two weeks vacation, I saw a big fat low sacrifice branch on my prunus. I realized it´s fat enought for my taste...Well, my father-in-law fed and watered really good :)
I cut the appex immediately. If I let it grow till the end of the season, It would surely gain more thickness. The diameter was 17,21 mm.
The next thing I realized was that I first had to work on the ramification of the branch closer to the trunk, and just than let it grow freely. So, I will cut part of the new low branch closer to the main trunk next spring and start to build new branch structure.

štvrtok 2. augusta 2018

Updating my bonsai place

I enlarged my bonsai corner two weeks ago. A part of my collection was separated from the rest of our garden by an old rooted wood fence and thuja hedge. I removed thujas and fence and built a new one. I´m happy with the outcome. I´m planning to rebuild my benches and monkey poles too. Of course, the sunlight protection will be the next. Here a few cell phone pictures.

Shadows at night :)

streda 4. júla 2018

Sacrifice branch

Inspired by elm on Maros bonsai blog, I measured  a sacrifice branch on my Prunus cerasifera this morning. The diameter is 11 mm. As can be seen in a picture taken back in february 2018, this branch started as a young shoot 2-3 mm thin. I guess it will not reach more than 15 mm. We will see at the end of the growing season :) Please, try to guess....

February 2018

pondelok 2. júla 2018

Oleander with exposed roots

Oleander in its first bonsai pot. This is the biggest pot I have ever made. Luckily, no cracks there :)

After the workshop with Tomaž Kovšca and Gašper Gabriel in june 2016.


pondelok 25. júna 2018

Ishizuki juniperus procumbens

I placed this little procumbens on a stone colected in Croatia, together with juniperus chinensis and japanese maple seedling.  I cut quite a lot of roots, so I hope it will be fine. This work was done in spring. The tree is still green and new shoots appear. I spray it with water as often as possible. Will see after the winter.
The composition seems to be too symmetrical at the moment. Future work will be focused on small maple and juniperus chinensis on the right side. However, the plants must be strong first.

Pure stone without any plants.

This was the very first idea with another juniper on top.

nedeľa 8. apríla 2018

Some of my deciduous trees in spring

Privet in its first pot.

Korean hornbeam after winter pruning and wiring   

Malus silvestris, gift from my bonsai mate :)

Prunus mahaleb in a bigger pot.

Field elm in a new pot.

Prunus cerasifera in leaf.

Prunus tomentosa. I have never ever seen such a young plant from prunus species with so many flowers :)

Acer palmatum kiyohime

streda 28. februára 2018

Prunus cerasifera - myrobalan plum

This tree came into my garden last autumn when one of our older club members decided to reduce the collection. Its our native species, a myrobalan plum. It was little neglected for a short time. Many inner branches were dry. Pictures before and after show how I cleaned the tree. I get rid off all dead and unnecessary branches. Next step will be repoting into better substrate, good feeding and watering during the growing season.
The tree has many defects as a bonsai, mostly the missing surface roots from back side. On the other side, the tree is quite old and has its own character. It reminds me of really old deciduous trees. Overall appearance is great, I love it.

Pictures before cleaning.

After cleaning during the winter.