First bonsai work at the new garden. 

Steve from Bonsai Yume brought me a visit all the way from Belgium 🇧🇪 

He brought me a white pine that could use some styling. 

It’s a grafted one with heaps of foliage and good trunk movement. My first idea was to make it into a cascade (kengai) but after looking at it some more the curves in the trunk made it interesting to place it upright. Because of the heaps of rain we have here during fall I decided to place it on a slab from William van Vlaanderen so it wouldn’t hold too much water. 

It’s not reppotted or rootpruned whatsoever just transferred to the slab and covered. There is a little boxwood on the side and this is the end result for now. 


Next up the demo tree

Earlier I mentioned I had to demo at the clinge close to Belgium at the club Shimpaku. 

Really fun day I brought the big Juniper Steve from bonsai Yume gave to me and the members brought they’re own trees. 

In between the demo we talked and discussed the members trees and I gave some advice on them. Even the press was represent and I made the paper as bonsai master 😂

Here are some photo’s 

It was a great day really liked the vibe and people. And many thanks to shimpaku, tibolar and Bonsaihoek for inviting me. 

Its been a while. 

It’s been a while since I posted something on my blog, but i haven’t been doing nothing. 

Let’s start off with the new garden I have with one of nu good friends. 

I still couldn’t find a proper house with a garden so my friend Coen said we could use a hidden garden next to his house to create a bonsai garden. It’s really big and even has a garden house in it. So after some quick mind spinning moments we came up with a plan. 

This winter we are building stuff like a patio and a roof. After that we are gonna paint and make a path. Plant some nice shrubs and adding trees. So probably next season it should all be ready. 

Here is a picture of a small part of the garden for now. 

Great kengai setsogoyu 

A while ago I met someone who invited me to check out his trees. 

Due to health problems it was hard for him to work on his bonsai as much as he would like, so now and then he invites friends over to help him out. 

He had really nice trees and all the result of many Years of training. 

This is the tree before when I started wiring. 

I noticed this setsogoyu white pine and saw that with some wiring this one could look really good again. So I asked him if I could. He said he would really like that and a few days later I picked it up to take it home. 

It had some old needles turning yellow so i took them of. Applied the wire and started setting the branches. At first I thought it would be cool to make it into a classic white pine with a really long side branch pointing at the sun, but I really don’t do a lot of cascading bonsai so this was a good challenge. 

The hardest part was balancing the long branch and get the pads right so it had some depth. Overall I think it worked out pretty well. 

The after 

In the future it needs to be repotted as it is potbound and maybe tilted to the left a bit. For now this is the result. 

Big mugo forest

I styled this mugo forest today. 

The previous owner planted this one 7 years ago after he saw this composition in real life somewhere close to his home. It was never wired only pruned. The original front is now the back of the forest. The previous owner was present at the time I styled it and was a little in doubt about the new front, but after seeing the result he said he respected my decision to turn it around. Next year it will be replanted and the angle chanced slightly to show the fifth trunk a little better. Also I will add some more little trees in the back to created more depth. 

This is the first time it’s ever wired and the result for now. 

Curly juniper

I traded this little juniper with a friend for one of my trees. He replanted it to make the base wider I guess and try to let it make roots. 

Than the tree was taken to a workshop with bonsai master Taiga Urushibata. Shari’s were added and a basic shape was given. 

I really wanted a Han kengai and with replanting it the curly trunk was perfect to transform it in a semi cascade. The only thing is that it will take some years to reduce the top of the rootball to fit a pot. Foliage is styled and cut back as far as possible to get foliage in the right places while the main branches can grow out. 

The shari’s are going to be bigger too and the deadwood will be worked on in the future. The future vision of tea tree will be a curly trunk with lots of deadwood and smaller lifeveins. 

Time to grow so this is the work till now. Bit hard to see on the picture, but with this angle the trunk has some great movement.