Cheap boxwood project

I acquired this boxwood from a local flowershop around the corner.

Only 3,50 EU it was a bargain. Very common used plants in gardens. I use these to test how much they can taken to see if it is possible to create something bonsai-like out of it. Using ordinary garden stock not propagated for bonsai use is always a challenge and a lot of fun to do.

I used guy wires because I was lazy and wanted to finish the job fast, however they seem to work fine. Future plans are improving the deadwood and letting the lowest branch grow out to fit the shilouet. I kept the lowest branch because otherwise the tree would look like any other tree.

Satsuki Azalea Nikko

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One of the most satisfying moments in bonsai for me is when flowering bonsai show their flowers. It gives me the feeling summer is coming and the colors are always so bright it makes everyone instant happy looking at them.

This is one of my Satsuki azalea’s image2

It’s 32cm high, 40 cm wide and it’s base is 13cm that will be something like  13 inches in height and almost 16 inches wide.
The base of the tree is 5.12 inch wide.

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It’s already well on the way to become a beautiful bonsai however it still needs a long way.

The left branch needs to thicken and im going to let it grow. The back branch needs be wired down to fill the negative space and after flowering it needs some pruning. Azaleas love to be pruned hard sometimes to make them feel young again and push out fresh new growth, it keeps them vital. I also need to find a better pot for it. Suggestions were lower but in the same color. however I am thinking about a colored pot too.

Suggestions are always welcome 😉

First picture i’m removing the flowers because they take a lot of energy from the tree and I need it to grow as much as it can. So i’ll end this post with a picture just before that moment,  in full flower.

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Olive Yamadori

Quick post about my small Olive yamadori.

So i decided to post something native to Europe and some places in the US too.
I know some Japanese artists recently started working with them and excepting them as bonsai.
It’s a yamadori Olive dug out of the mountains of italy about 5 years ago by a friend of mine.
When it was dug out he chopped the top off, and planted it in plastic container.
It was cared for for 3 years till i got it.
Last year i’ve put it in this pot. and the growth you see is still young about 2 to 3 years.
It was chopped back most of the time to give the roots time to develop.
These trees can get very old, they are kept small by goats and other animals eating them thats also why they get the nice old bark, to protect themselves from grazing animals.
Sometimes they are parts of bigger trees that are cut off, like roots.
Thats why bonsai like this can be very old already especially if they are a root cut off off a let’s say 500 year old tree.
This one was in a field with more trees and kept small by nature. It was a little bigger before the chop, but now it measures 8,66 inches tall and the base is 4,53inch wide.

The branches are now wired for the first time to set a basic structure for the future and the some are growing free to get thickness.
I’m also growing new branches at
the front and back of the trunk.
The deadwood also needs to be refined i just carved it up a little because there was a big cut there. It also has some nice natural deadwood features too.

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Olives are vigorous strong growers who like warmth and sun and make beautiful bonsai i think.