Hi everybody, again….it’s been a while since I could get my self […]

Hi everybody, a few days ago I did some maintenance work on […]

Hi every body, last week I made some pictures of my small […]

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Hi everybody,

again….it’s been a while since I could get my self to sit down and wright on my blog! I feel my blog should tell story’s of joy…because most of the times, Bonsai brings nothing but joy! But I have been poor for a long time now, with a lot of ups and downs, so the short periods of ¬†being able to work were mostly used to maintain my Bonsai as good as was possible at that time! Mind you though, my head and hearth were always filed with Bonsai….but the actually doing it was the hard part! Strange how those things can go in live?! It is like being Hugh Hefner… at his age… in the PlayBoy mansion… with out any blue pills! Me love it….but me don’t work good anymore! ūüėČ But I did do things (see picture above) and when I did, it was like discovering Bonsai all over again!! Simply because I still love it and creating and seeing those small trees grow into my vision is still priceless!!! I miss the traveling and my Bonsai friends though..! And I am planning and working hard towards catching up on all those things ¬†next year!!!¬†

One of the trees that is coming along nicely is the one below! ¬†It¬†is a Winter image picture I made last week of my (Still a bit to young looking) ¬†Ilex verticillata (winterberry.) This is a Urban Yamadori from Holland and some 60 years old by now. It is saved from the blender when a 55 year old train station was demolished and all old trees and scrubs were destroyed! It‚Äôs a Kabudachi (multiple 5 trunk) and the height is 57cm. It is here photoshopped into it‚Äôs future (next year?) beautiful Isabella pot, that I so luckily bought last month at my long awaited first visit to my dear friends Danny and Ingrid from Bonsai centre “GINKGO” (B) in 10 years! And it is in training since 2009. It needs a few more years of fine ramification to fill it more out and than it will be ready to show! The slab is found years ago at a carboot sail and needs to be made thinner and more presentable by me in the future! I hope you like this¬†little forest as much as I do?!

I am still working on improving this new blog design, so bare with me please!! I will be posting more soon! And I am working as best as I can on my new website as well…so lots of stuff happening ….and that is just fine!!!

Cheers,

Hans van Meer.

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Pictures of mine Pinus thunbergii Yamadori and a Tip.

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!)!

 

 

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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!

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

Cheers,

Hans van Meer.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pictures of my small Yamadori Hawthorn and a Tip.

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!

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

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! ūüôā

Cheers,

Hans van Meer.

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

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.


 

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

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.


 

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

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?! ūüôā 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.


 

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