The Bonsai Blog of Hans van Meer ::

The Bonsai Blog of Hans van Meer

Pictures of mine Pinus thunbergii Yamadori and a Tip.

Posted on July 30th, 2016 by Hans van Meer
Posted in MY WORK | No Comments »

Hi everybody,

a few days ago I did some maintenance work on my old Pinus thunbergii Yamadori from Japan. I got this pretty tree some 20 years ago as a birthday present and I still think it is wonderful! She has been trough a lot since she arrived in my garden! Being blown right off the tables by a storm…twice! The second time straight into the pond I  then hat still in my garden! Were she laid several days completely submersed under water before we noticed that she was missing! And than there was the time that she, after I had cut off the old needles, dropped all of here new growth! She was completely bold! But she soon made new buds and now some 12 years later is still doing fine! Although I love the small round pot she is in now, I am sill planning to repot her next year in a slightly bigger and heavier square pot, so that she can grow some more roots and so that she can stand more safely and secure by its self on my tables. Now she is still tight down with wire and a piece of bamboo to the upside down pot that you can see under need its pot! This pot is there to hold and weight her down to the table! Before these pictures were made I removed last years needles so that more light can reach the inside of the branches to promote back budding! Tomorrow I will remove the wire from all the branches! I will rewire her just before I will repot her next Spring! But I still wanted to show her to you all and I hope you like her just as much as I do?!

30-7-2016 226 hans van meer 500Close up of the beautiful and all natural deadwood/ Shari and old bare roots/ Neagari. The trunk winds half way down the foliage you can see and then curls up again to just under the bottom of its pot!

 

 

 

30-7-2016 239 hans van meer 500And than now a other (I hope) helpful tip! A lot of us use aquarium tubing (see picture!) to prevent wire from digging into the bark of the tree when we are bending thick branches with tension wires between the two branches!

30-7-2016 255 hans van meer 500But than we have a problem because this tubing can only be used on one branch, because if we want to use it  around the second branch (see picture!) to protect it, we cant run the wire trough it and tighten it?!

30-7-2016 263 hans van meer 500Well here is the solution! With the help of a concave cutter (see picture!) cut out a small bite off one side of the tub!

30-7-2016 271 hans van meer 500So that you are left with a piece of tube that look like this (see picture!)!

 

 

30-7-2016 274 hans van meer 500

Now you can run both ends of the wire trough both ends of the tube en run them them trough the whole you just cut out! Slide the tube down the wire as tightly against the bark as possible  and with a tong twist both ends of the wire as tight as necessary to hold the branch/es in position!

30-7-2016 283 hans van meer 500

Hope this will help you and that you liked the  quick view of my little old Pine?!

Cheers,

Hans van Meer.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictures of my small Yamadori Hawthorn and a Tip.

Posted on July 13th, 2016 by Hans van Meer
Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Hi every body,

last week I made some pictures of my small Hawthorn Yamadori that I collected many years ago with dear friends Tony Tickle and Terry Foster in Wales. Up to now it is almost always shown on the web and in shows with out any foliage….so here it finally is with its Summer foliage!

4-7-2016 kleine meidoorn 172 hans van meer 500And a close up of its nicely ageing bark.

4-7-2016 kleine meidoorn 173 hans van meer 500

Below: I know that just like me many of you use different kinds of plastic tubs or pots for your pre Bonsai! Most of those containers have some sort of rim around it on top! When we need to secure a resent potted plant or tree in one of these containers or when we need to pull down a branch with wire, we have a problem! That is than solved by making some holes in those rims with  scissors, knifes or power drill to run the wires trough and secure! This is often hard work that needs to be don in exactly the right place to work and it means most times that this container cant be used a second time, because it is weakened! Well here is a simple solution that prevents this and makes it possible to adjust the wire when needed! Cut a 3MM up to 5MM (old piece) of wire to length and with a plier bent it like in the picture below! Secure your (in this case copper) wire to it as close to the needed length and secure it! Now if your wire is to short or to long and your branch needs to be bend more or less, just slide the hook you have made to the left or right side! Simple but effective! And those hooks are re usable so handy in your tool box when you need them the next time!

7-7-2016 XL hans van meer 153 org 500Below: this is how it works! More bend to the left! Less bend to the right! And no harm to the container!

7-7-2016 XL hans van meer 169 org 500

 

 

 

The last Part (IV) of The story of XL my Yamadori Larch is online!

Posted on July 13th, 2016 by Hans van Meer
Posted in MY WORK | No Comments »

Hi again every body,

just to let you know that the last Part of XL’s story is on line! Something went wrong and one little segment of 15 seconds is missing and black, but that should not matter to much! I don’t know how to fix it, so I will let it be like it is before I do more harm! I hope you enjoy it anyway?! I will film 2 first styling sessions of 2 Scots pines that I have waiting for it and post them in the near future! So watch this space for that! And were I wrote Solden in Belgium, should be Heusden- Zolder in Belgium! Oops! 🙂

Cheers,

Hans van Meer.

The story of XL my Larch Yamadori Bonsai Part III is uploaded!

Posted on July 12th, 2016 by Hans van Meer
Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

Hi every body,

I just uploaded Part III of “The story of XL my Larch Yamadori Bonsai” Part III on to you tube!!! The final Part IV will be uploaded later this day! It was a lot of work making this story and I really hope you like it?! I will be posting pictures of my work that I did during the last weeks later this week here on my blog again! So watch this space!

Cheers,

Hans van Meer.


 

“THE STORY OF XL” my Larch Yamadori Bonsai Part II is online!

Posted on June 26th, 2016 by Hans van Meer
Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Hi every body,

just to let you all know that Part II of “The Story of XL” my Larch Yamadori Bonsai is on line! And that part III with moving footage of styling, repotting and shows is in the making! So watch this space if you are interested in my work! I hope you like it this far?!

Cheers,

Hans van Meer.


 

“THE STORY OF XL” my Larch Yamadori Bonsai Part I is online!

Posted on June 23rd, 2016 by Hans van Meer
Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

Hi everybody,

after a lot of work I just posted “THE STORY of XL” my Larch Yamadori Bonsai Part I on YOU TUBE!!! This progressive story in words, pictures and film follows this tree from collecting it as a Yamadori in Austria in 2004 right up to the present day 2016 as a Bonsai in a major Bonsai show! In short…the live of a tree that becomes a Bonsai in 12 years time told as a story for you all to enjoy…hopefully?! 🙂 Part II will be uploaded soon (I hope ?!)! It is a lot of surging trough and improving old pictures, text, film and music and than the editing!! Boy o Boy! But seriously I enjoyed doing it and it is fun to see for myself  just how much happened in the life of this old tree in all these years! And how amazing that process actually is! So I hope you will enjoy this story as much as I did making it?!

Cheers,

Hans van Meer.


 

THE “MOSHI MOSHI” BONSAI VIDEO FINALY ON YOUTUBE!

Posted on June 13th, 2016 by Hans van Meer
Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Hi everybody,

I am happy to say that the “MOSHI MOSHI” Bonsai video that was lost after the Dutch television organisation N.C.R.V. stopped with the site that showed all the famous video’s from the Dutch television program “Man bijt Hond” (man bites dog) that was broth casted for years around diner time on the Dutch television and showed unique normal Dutch people and made them stars for a few minutes, is found again and translated by me, so that I can show it to you all!!! This funny video was shot in 2000 because our than still Prince Willem Alexander visited Japan because of the 400 years friendship between Holland and Japan and shows Carlos van der Vaart en myself working in Danny Use his Bonsai museum and his “GINKGO” Bonsai centre in Belgium! Well you have to see it for your self and I hope you enjoy it as much as we did making it?!

Cheers,

Hans van Meer.

HERE ARE THE LINKS TO MY 2 PARTS COVERAGE OF THE “KEI-BONSAI-KAI” EXHIBITION!!

Posted on June 1st, 2016 by Hans van Meer
Posted in Bonsai Shows | No Comments »

Hi every body,

after a lot of hours of editing all the footage I shot last weekend at the “KEI-BONSAI-KAI” exhibition in the famous “GINKGO”Bonsai centre in Laarne Belgium, I finally managed to get the 2 parts on to youtube! It was a disaster to discover after I finally finished the video’s that my old camera used a system (MMP) that was not compatible with youtube! Wat ever I tried, I could not get it on there!!!! So I finaly managed to convert the video’s back on to my computer and from there managed to get it on to youtube! Man I was relieved that this finaly worked! I was so affraid that my hard work was all for nothing! You must understand, this was the first time I ever posted something on youtube…yes I know…. I am a dinosaur! 🙂 Any way, here are the 2 links to the 2 part video! I hope you enjoy them?!

 

 

Cheers,

Hans van Meer.


 

First impressions from the “KEI BONSAI KAI” exhibition in Belgium.

Posted on May 29th, 2016 by Hans van Meer
Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Hi every body,

today it is the Sunday after my visit to the long awaited “KEI BONSAI KAI” exhibition that my dear old friends Danny Use his wife Ingrid and their amazing club members staged last Saturday in their famous Bonsai Centre “GINKGO” in Laarne Belgium! Danny staged this unique Bonsai show to commemorate the first friendships that were made when he, almost 20 years ago, staged his now legendary first “Ginkgo award back in 1997! In February this year, some 10 years after the last “GINKGO” Award was staged, friends from these early hours and from all around Europe were called by Danny and were to their surprise invited to exhibit their by now matured work at this “KEI BONSAI KAI” exhibition and one of them was little old me! So I prepared 4 of my show worthy Bonsai for this one off show, from witch 2 Hawthorns had to be cancelled, because they were attacked by insects that caused bums on most of the foliage! But XL my big Yamadori Larch and Wolfie my Mugo Pine were show worthy! On the Friday before the show both trees, tables and other accessories were carried into my car to arrive some 2 hours later at the “Ginkgo Bonsai centre”! I had not seen Danny and Ingrid for almost 10 years, but was greeted by them as if we had seen each other only yesterday…..that was very hearth warming!!! We have a long and intense history together and it was good to see and feel that nothing has changed since then!!! From all sides Danny’s helpers jumped out to help me lift the big Larch and heavy table chest on to trolleys and they drove them for me past the hundreds stunning Bonsai that were all ready on display…..I was immediately amazed by all their quality!!

28-5-2016 KEI-BONSAI-KAI SHOW 016 hans van meer 500

Danny had saved a beautiful Tokonoma for my big Larch and it was the first time for me to be able to do that!!! Creating my composition in this special space was a first for me and there for very exciting and a real honour! As you can see here, I am happy with the way it all looks! And I am especially proud that this is a Bonsai from a tree that I collected my self all those years ago and that almost all branches and the top section were created from nothing! Later that evening my friend Mario Komstra, for who I have the highest regards, discussed with me this tree and he gave me a honour that surpasses for me every award there is to win! He called this old larch a Bonsai and a important European tree! Coming from him, I think this tree and me did all right up to now! But he also pointed out that there are still things that could and should be improved! Like thickness of some off the branches and the top trunk section and may be a shallower pot in the future! Points taken Mario and thanks for the discussion and talk we had…you are a inspiration in many ways my friend and I do hope to visit you some time, when things are better!!! 😉

28-5-2016 KEI-BONSAI-KAI SHOW 004 hans van meer 500

This is a picture of the second Bonsai that I brought along with me! This is “Wolfie” the Mugo pine that I swapped so many years ago with a other old friend Wolfgang Putz when my dear friend Tony Tickle (UK) and I visit him in his beautiful place in Austria! The beautiful accent stone is yet a other gift from a other old Bonsai friend from the UK, Terry Foster!

28-5-2016 KEI-BONSAI-KAI SHOW 032 hans van meer 500

It was very intense and hot work building up my compositions under neath all that glass of the greenhouses that make up a large section of the “GINKGO”Bonsai centre! So I was glad to be able to sit down with old friend Danny and new friend, the very talented Frederic Chenal from France! This picture is taken in front of Danny’s unique “Route 66” road house music bar that is build right in the middle of his Bonsai centre! Above the entrance you can see one off Danny’s many hot rods bikes that he collects along with all kinds off paraphernalia that has to do with it! You got to love this guy!!! 🙂

28-5-2016 KEI-BONSAI-KAI SHOW 033 hans van meer 500

Across of the road house, above the entrance and  the pay desk, there is loads more off Danny’s collected stuff! Ranging from petrol pumps to children’s miniature cars and bikes!

28-5-2016 KEI-BONSAI-KAI SHOW 030 hans van meer 500

More to the left even more collected stuff! Just under neath this you can see the entrance to a space were Danny’s students made a very inspiring exposition of Bonsai in the dark!

28-5-2016 KEI-BONSAI-KAI SHOW 026 hans van meer 500

Imagine this composition in complete darkness, witch was impossible to capture with my camera, because it kept on using it’s flash light! But I hope you get the idea. It was all so inventive and uniquely made, really breath tacking and inspiring!

28-5-2016 KEI-BONSAI-KAI SHOW 025 hans van meer 500

And here a other picture I made in that dark room! just look at that amazing old wood they used to create that Tokonoma and the contrast it makes with that modern lighted base were the Bonsai stands on…great stuff!!!

28-5-2016 KEI-BONSAI-KAI SHOW 036 hans van meer 500

Lunch among friends during the show on the Saturday. Danny is here telling the great story, how he, me, Ludo and Carlos drove all trough the UK to convince and invite artist like Colin Lewis, Harry Tomlinson, Dan Barton, Salvatore, John Henby and Marco Invernizzi to come to the first “GINKGO AWARDS”in 1997! We drove about twice the distance than was realy necessary and the way that happened is a classic story that still makes every body who hears it laugh! It was good to hear the adventures Danny and I had all those years ago! I am so glad we got reacquainted again and that nothing has changed, besides the colour off our hair and the shape off our bellies!! 🙂 He and Ingrid are indeed great friends and I am very grateful that I had the change to spent this wonderful weekend with them again!!! Thanks Danny, Ingrid and all who made this wonderful show possible…..and I will see you soon!!!

The next couple off day’s I will work on a video that I shot off this great event and off all the wonderful trees on display! This is a first for me so it might take me a while….but watch this space for the link!

I was smiling when writing this! Bonsai, Bonsai friends and everything thats got to do with it is so special and up lifting! I wish the whole world could do it! Keep them small!!

Cheers,

Hans van Meer.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A EARLY “VAN MEER” REDISCOVERED!!!

Posted on May 22nd, 2016 by Hans van Meer
Posted in BONSAI FUN., Bonsai Shows | No Comments »

Hi every body,

while planning my 2 Bonsai displays for the  “KEI BONSAI KAI” exhibition next weekend in Belgium, I was surging trough my old pictures of earlier displays to look at the accents, scrolls, tanzaku’s and shikishi’s that I have used in the past to accompany my Bonsai in shows were that was allowed. Doing this I rediscovered a early “van Meer” that I would like to re share with you all….because it made me smile and I hope it will make you smile too?! 🙂

537px-vermeer_-_the_milkmaid-hans-klein.jpg

Only 6 more night to sleep before I have to carry my two (one heavy) Bonsai, tables and other accessories into my car and drive to the “Kei Bonsai Kai” exhibition in Laarne (Belgium)! More than 125 top class Bonsai will be on display there and I am really proud to be a small part of all that!!! If you want to see lots of pictures of how Danny and a amazing group of volunteers are building and preparing everything for this amazing show go HERE!!!!

When I get back from the show I will post lots of pictures of it all and later on a short film about all the Bonsai and the reunion of old Bonsai friends!!! I hope to see you all there on Saturday the 28th of May from 10h to 18h !!! And remember: FREE ENTRANCE !!!!! 🙂

Cheers,

Hans van Meer.


 

« Previous Entries