Wild Beech progression, Fagus Sylvatica

I found this wild Beech in the forest 5 years ago. It was a small shrub with lots of small low branches stuck between a few bigger brothers. I supposed it wouldn’t amount to a proper tree and since it was allready in a good starter shape I dug it up. Usually beeches don’t have a lot of viable low/short branches with buds close to the trunk, but this one did so in the pot it went. The movement of the trunk in particular was the reason I had to take it home. I like local species and eventhough european beeches are really hard to form I have a soft spot for them.

This is the first year, just after the relocation. I still left some branches on to have some buds further away on the branches as backup.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

As strong as beeches can be when you treat them right it started to leaf out very well the coming year, and even better; close to the trunk. That meant those unsightly branches could be shortened further when the leaves fell to make room for younger and denser growth next year.IMG_20130204_071640

Which rewarded me  with some nice progression. It’s still not a bonsai by any means but it is getting somewhere. Young fresh branches with plenty of room for buds and ramification.20130728_141041

Skipping forward two more years of careful pinching the young shoots after every second leaf in spring and one or two carefull corrections it is starting to look like a Bonsai in the making. It has some nice movement, something vaguely nebari-esque and fills in quite well.

Mind you it’s still a beech so keeping it compact is hard, backbudding is impossible and thickening of the branches takes ages, but I like it so far. Next year I’ll try to make some proper pictures.20150906_134153

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Shroomy meadows

A few of my well established Bonsai have made some suprising friends in their little pots these past years. I have no idea if it’s one of the benificial strains of fungi (Mycorrhiza) but since the trees are in a very healthy state I presume it is. A few years ago I had a few established and healthy trees that had a good amount of white mold in their pots, I took some of it out and spread it around and now they seem to have taken root. I see it as beneficial regardless of type and origin, any biodiversity in the well drained soil of a healthy and established tree is good in my book, but I’m sure many would feel differently. I’m curious though:

  • Is this common and how would you react to it
  • Does Mycorriza form fruiting bodies and how can you identify them
  • What signals are important not to overlook besides the obvious (loss of vigour, bad drainage, lichen etc)

It does make for some nice pictures.20140901_134853

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The difference a week makes, Zelkova

It’s spring again, the time we Bonsai lovers crawl out of our caves and venture out to see if our babies survived the winter. Mine did, without any winter care as usual, that’s the advantage of only having local species. The best part of spring for me is seeing the vigorous growth that it gives to freshly repotted Bonsai.

A mature Zelkova leafing out.20160411_155754

One week later.20160511_172800

A local wild Zelkova variant I dug out of a friends garden three years ago, it still needs some time to develop.20160411_155641

One week later.20160510_191342