Shopping spree

I was so exited about going back to Noelanders trophy again this winter I accidentally spent all my money I was saving for the trip buying bonsai paraphernalia...
First I kind of overstocked on pumice but I got a good deal on 600 litres. It was a tough haul for the Volvo but I'm good for a lot of repotting for a long time now.
Then I spent what was left buying two old pots from Japan. First one is for my oldest scots pine who is getting ready to move out of the wooden box and the second one is for the large oak, but not for a few more years so in the meantime this lage pot will be the new home for the japanese maple who need more room for the roots as I'm growing out the branches. No pictures yet, It's 3 months of shipping first (saved me $100 compared to airfreight) and I really don't need them before spring anyway.

Virtual magic

I got this little yew (Taxus x media) at a fall sale from the local garden center last year. It was pruned and bare rooted a week ago and put in a big grow box to fatten up. Not to make it much bigger but I want to work on the future deadwood by peeling off strips of bark in small sections over a couple of years to see if it can make an better illusion of natural deadwood. Just thinking this will go faster in a bigger pot.


Results for now:



Very affordable plastic box from IKEA


Not really ready for the Close-up...


And squint your eyes, here's the quick MS Paint virt:


More deadwood? Ok, just cba to open up MS Paint again.




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New feature: My articles

So, I wrote an article about tree collecting in Swedish and decided put it on the blog. If I write more they will also be published here.
Link: My articles: Yamadori (in Swedish)

Winter prep


Almost ready for winter. I still got to dig a hole for the monster oak. The rest is either in ground, lazily placed next to the house or in the shed. So far the temps have been really mild but sooner or later it usually drops to -20 degrees Celcius.



Fall

I haven't been very active with the blog for a long time. There are several reasons but mainly, between taking care of my family, the house, training (strenght and mma) and work, I have to spend what little time I've got for my trees actually working on them. Anyway, fall came, leaves dropped and it's time to prepare for winter. First tree to go into winter storage is the Harland Box. I've included some more pictures of a few other projects as well. More on these later. Maybe in spring 2014 or 50 years from now... ;-)
Big oak, dug this spring. Can't decide on keeping it outside or in storage for this winter. It really is to large to go inside but It is still weak from collecting.
Burning bush. Grew really well this season. Will go into bonsai pot in spring and final work on branching can start.
Two new long term projects. To be repotted in spring and then growing trunks untill the kids move out...
Crab apple. Branch devellopment has begun. 2-3 years until bonsai pot. Finished in 4-5 years? Maybe?