Garden upgrade

Since my “Chicken Proofing” post I was planning to make some nice benches for my Bonsai. I finally got to it even though ALL chickens got eaten by a fox overnight. *Poof* and they’re gone, I miss them, they were almost tame enough to eat out of my hands.

RIP Feathery Assholes.20170326_101501

But ey, life goes on, there are Bonsai to spoil, so off it was to the local building market to get some wood and fittings.20170326_155301

In The Netherlands you can get these metal fittings to secure beams to a flat surface, which when turned over make a perfect scaffold for Bonsai benches.20170327_130642

After a flip over and some poles in the ground there you go.20170327_133948

Which look even better with some Bonsai on them, plus it makes your wooly thyes tingle with manliness.20170327_161754

20170530_141809

Japan #3

I’m sorry people, it’s been a while. The last month was filled with a three week trip to Japan and a mini festival in my garden, so updating this warped ego-vehicle of a blog has been a bit lower on my agenda. I hope a few tree-oriented photos from the trip will make up for it at least a little bit.

Mossy Birch forest in Hokkaido.20170502_155944

A well maintained and impressive pine near the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto.20170517_112642

The Maples in Koyasan.20170518_135214.jpg

One of the many, perfectly pruned, city trees in Takayama.20170514_174553

Spring is coming!

Since the Dutch weather lost its way and we hardly had any winter my enthousiasm for spring this year might be overstated. But when growing Bonsai spring has nothing to do with weather, it’s all about the buds. Seeing them swell knowing soon your trees will brust open with leaves is when most Bonsai lovers end their hibernation. This year it looks like we’ll be in for a treat!

A wild Japanese Cherry youngling I bought last year with thick flower buds I can’t wait to see open.20170306_131615

A Maple with lovely red buds needing a proper trim when I’m sure there won’t be freezing nights anymore.20170306_132533

An impatient Hemlock experiment already leafing out. I still have no idea what to do with this one so I’m just letting it do whatever the fuck it wants.20170306_132552

The Beeches are generally first but seeing how the buds are not swelling yet I know it will still be a few weeks more.20170306_131717

 

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

20150920_143013