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