for the last couple of days I have been going trough all my old Bonsai related pictures on paper, to look for ones I can use to accompany the new Bonsai stories I am planning to write and post on my website soon. I would like to share with you some off this pictures I found, because they hold precious memories of my beginning days in Bonsai.
Above: Juniperus regida. This small tree was one of my first attempts to style a imported tree from Japan. This picture is shot in 1994, during my monthly meeting at my first Bonsai club “Koya” in Bleiswijk Holland. Later that same year this tree was entered in the annual Bonsai show of the N.B.V (Dutch Bonsai Association). That was my first entry in a important show. Sadly this wonderful tree died in 1997.
Above: Picture of a other Juniperus regida, it was shot in 1998 in my garden. This is a other early styling of a imported tree from Japan.
Above: Pinus parviflora from Japan that I styled in 1997. During the year 1997, my friend Ed de Groot, owner of EDO BONSAI CENTRE that in those day’s was still located in Boskoop Holland, invited me to work on some of his trees. He gave me complete freedom to choose any one I liked to style, in the way I saw fit! That was a great opportunity for me, because good material was pretty rare and expansive in those day’s, so to work on material of this caliber was a unique change to practice my styling skills. I even took some of his best trees home and to my own place of work to style! I enjoyed working on his trees a lot and Ed wasn’t complaining eather, those tree sold pretty quick and for a lot more money! Ed now still runs his EDO BONSAI business in Holland and in Indonesia, were he now lives. Thanks Ed, for your trust in me!!
Above: Picture from January 2001. Celtis chinensis from China, that I named “THE LION CRUSHER”. Even today, when I look around my garden, I still miss the real tree like images of this wonderful tree .This tree was back then, and would still be today, a rare side to see in my part of the world. That’s why I was so glad and proud to show it in realy great condition in the prestigious “GINKGO AWARDS” show. Yes I was realy lucky to share it’s beauty for those few years it stayed in my to cold garden, but than I had to let it go to live more happier in a warmer part of Europe. It ended up in Paris France, were I hope it still shines it’s awesome tree like stature on every one that has the luck to looks at it!
Hope you enjoyed these old pictures as much as I did when I re discovered them!
Hans van Meer.