utorok, 21. marca 2017

ANOTHER LARGE HAWTHORN COLLECTED


Last deciduous tree this season - I am wrecked.
It took me 1 and a half hour to get it out.
It isn´t anything too special, but it grew among 2 already cleared parts in our orchard and I didn´t want to leave it there to be crashed by tractors.


SK:


Ďalší veľký hloh


Posledný výkop tejto sezóny čo sa týka opadavých stromov.
Dal mi zabrať, kopal som ho hodinu a pol.
Nieje to nič extra špeciálne, ale bolo mi ho ľúto nechať čakať na istú smrť na mieste medzi dvoma už vykĺčenými pásmi v našom bývalom sade.





sobota, 18. marca 2017

YAMADORI HOLIDAY

I took a week off work to enjoy time for collecting trees and do it properly with no hassle.
Here are the pics of the new ones.
All are now in black plastic bags submitted to "sweating" - a technique I read about on blog by Tony Tickle. I have tried it last spring on 2 trees with nearly no roots at all, one smaller and one medium size, and both of them rooted nicely.
Most of these recently collected trees had quite decent roots after collection, but I want to increase their chances for survival as much as possible.

SK

Dovolenka na kopanie Yamadori stromčekov

Zobral som si týždeň dovolenku aby som si mohol užiť čas na kopanie stromčekov a robil to poriadne a bez ponáhľania sa.
Tu sú fotky nových stromčekov.
Všetky sú teraz v čiernych plastových vreciach - používam po vykopaní techniku "potenia" o ktorej som sa dočítal na blogu Tonyho Tickla.
Vyskúšal som si ju už minulý rok na dvoch stromčekoch, ktoré nemali skoro žiadne korene a obe sa pekne zakorenili.
Skoro všetky tieto čerstvo vykopané mali celkom slušné korene, ale chcem zvýšiť ich šance na prežitie tak ako to je len možné.

Day1 - Hornbeam
Deň 1 - Hrab



 
 

Field maple
Javor poľný


Day 2 - some of birches for new penjing - many of them grew from a strange bulge that formed over the roots
Deň 2 - niektoré z briez  na krajinku - veľa z nich rastie z divnej gule ktorá sa sformovala nad koreňmi








Day 3 - large field maple
Deň 3 - veľký javor poľný








Day 4 - japanese maple - yamadori from a friend´s garden - she needed more space there so she offered it to me for bonsai purposes
Deň 4 - japonský javor - yamadori z kamarátkinej záhrady - potrebovala tam viac miesta a tak mi ho ponúkla na bonsajové účely



Day 5 - hawthorn and blackthorn
Deň 5 hloh a trnka





Day 6 - species tba - collected from a concrete slabs where I collected my pines, with very small rootball that allowed me to plant them in a pot and on a slab.
Deň 6 - druh zatiaľ neviem, budem si na identifikáciu musieť počkať kým vyrašia listy - obe vyzdvihnuté z betónových panelov kde chodím na borovice, mali veľmi malé koreňové baly blízko ku kmeňu preto som si mohol dovoliť zasadiť ich rovno do malej misky a na kamenný plát.





Heavy machinery is already doing it´s work of doom in our used to be orchards and large part was cleared again recently, so I will go and save some more trees next week before I go to work.
It would be pity to leave them there waiting for certain death.

Ťažké stroje už zase vyklčuju náš bývalý sad a nedávno bola vyčistená dosť veľká časť, takže aj budúci týždeň pôjdem zase zachrániť pár zaujímavých stromov. Bola by škoda ich tam nechať čakať na istú smrť.






utorok, 7. marca 2017

YEAR 3


With moving all the penjings to their spots in front of the house the bonsai season officially started for me along with year 3 of my bonsai obsessed life.
Happy days :)


SK:


ROK 3


Nainštalovaním všetkých mojích penjingov na ich miesta pred domom pre mňa oficiálne začala bonsajová sezóna a s ňou tretí rok mojej posadnutosti bonsajmi.
Som šťastný :)













utorok, 28. februára 2017

STYLING PINES


After a long and cold winter when only thing I could do with my trees was shoveling snow on them for insulation against freezeng weather, I was very happy when temperatures has risen to some 9°C over the weekend and I could start styling my 2 pines - I couldn´t wait for it as I was enjoying the book by Qingquan Zhao - Literati style penjing over the winter and working out how to do it right in my head.
Here are the results and you can decide for yourselves as to what extent I managed that.
I didn´t want to cut too much nor get rid of too many old needles as I was worried that it might weaken the tree so I am taking it bit by bit and this is really just first rough styling with a lot of room for improvement that will be done over the years.


Yamadori pine after collection from a concrete slab with a compact and extremelly shallow rootball in late spring 2016





Autumn 2016



After first styling 25.2.2017













Yamadori pine 3-trunk after collection with the same story as the one above




Before styling


After





And 2 of them together





utorok, 21. februára 2017

PENJING NUMBER 5 - FIRST HARD PRUNING


Today I gently removed dry leaves with my fingers, because they stayed on all of my chinese elms last autumn - I do not know why, as previous year they changed colours and fell down.
I was looking forward to that and to see the branches finally and be able to prune them to get the crowns on their ways.
When the leaves were down, I could see the tangled branches, which is common sight on supermarket "bonsai" trees.
Luckilly the branches grew quite strong throughout the season being just pruned to shape, so I had a lot of them to choose from and at least on 2 left side trees the basic structures have been set after 2 hours of cutting - the right side tree needs to grow some more primary branches yet to look good, and that is what I will focus on this season.


SK:


PENJING ČÍSLO 5 - PRVÉ TVAROVANIE


Dnes som jemne odstránil suché listy prstami, pretože minulú jeseň neopadali ale ostali na všetkých mojích brestoch, aj na tých, čo predchádzajúcu jeseň zmenili farby a opadali.
Tešil som sa na to a tiež že konečne budem vidieť ako vyzerajú štruktúry korún a že ich budem môcť konečne natvarovať a nechať už rásť správnymi smermi.
Keď boli listy dole, ukázali sa typické poprepletané konáre aké vidíme na všetkých supermarketových "bonsajoch".
Našťastie stromčeky rástli silno celú sezónu a bolo z čoho vyberať, tak po 2 hodinách prestrihávania som bol schopný vybrať celkom slušné základy korún na dvoch stromčekoch vľavo. Ten vpravo ešte potrebuje viac primárnych vetiev a na to sa budem zameriavať túto sezónu.














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