pondelok 13. augusta 2018


I organized a workshop with Harry for 13-14th of october at my place - Mimo´s penjing heaven in Sady nad Torysou, Byster 121, 04441.
It is gonna cost 100 euro for 2 days and 50 euros for one day.
If you are interested to sign up, please contact me at mimokristof@gmail.com.
Up to 12 people may participate per day.

Workshop s Harrym Harringtonom

13-14. októbra v mojom penjingovom raji v Sady nad Torysou, Byster 121, 04441.
Cena je 100 eur za dva dni a 50 ak chcete dojsť len na jeden deň.
Ak máte záujem, kontaktujte ma na mimokristof@gmail.com.
Maximálne 12 ľudí sa môže zúčastniť na workshope počas každého dňa.

štvrtok 26. júla 2018

utorok 24. júla 2018


Wires were removed from juniper and it looks like it is holding my desired shape.

I also made few pics of my tiny penjing with chinese elm for commercial purposes.
I like how the atmosphere of this one is nicely backed by my new background that is just perfect with this scenery that is supposed to evoke feelings of desolation and loneliness.
Happy little thing :D

piatok 13. júla 2018


All right lads, lets get to my trees that are still alive and well.
And to my accidental psycho judgment and ideas.
I was walking around the trees with a scissors few days back and it occured to me that I should prune my wisteria airlayer, so I did and I pruned every branch just to 1 pair of leaves.
I wanted as much sunshine as possible to reach inner crown and maybe initiate some more budding or ramification at the cuts.
Never read anywhere that it is a good idea, just that you build ramification by cutting the flowers off after they fade away.
Anyways, right after that I got to my computer, browsed through new blog posts I am subscribed to, and what did I find?
Michael Hagedorn´s blog about wisterias and ramification - and that we are supposed to cut to 1 pair of leaves every season to get ramification.
This is some crazy coincidence :D And I am glad that it is a nice one and I didn´t do anything wrong again this time.
However, I must be really bad example for enthusiasts as I sometimes do what I think might be good without actually knowing for sure what might happen.

But at least my photography background has arrived and I was able to do a proper pic of my airlayer.
With a nice grey background as they use for pics of the trees often  in my favourite book by Qingquan Zhao.

štvrtok 12. júla 2018


This blog is supposed to follow my learning process in the art of bonsai.
And that includes my failures - and failures are inevitable, because nobody´s perfect.

Most of what I know about bonsai I learned from Harry Harrington´s books and web, bonsai4me.com
Many times over I have read what he has written: Pines should be developed slowly. If you styled a pine one year, never repot it next year.
So what I did anyway? I repotted it this spring after I styled it last year. Why?
Well, many answers apply.
I am an IDIOT. IGNORANT. Or the least offensive explanation I can think of is - It looked ok and I believed it will make it, cause I usually don´t lose trees. I think I know what I am doing. But the truth is - I don´t have that much experience as this is my 4th year in bonsai and I have very little experience with conifers from a longer time frame viewpoint - as can be seen this year when I lost one overpruned and overstyled spruce that I placed in full sun when it was opening new buds, or as is case here - styling and repotting in only 2 seasons.
So here you can have a look at my folly:

Above mentioned dead spruce:

And to finish it off - my long term pine project failed too - after it survived heavy first styling and was going good in spring, I shouldn´t have messed with it again. And so the result is here:

I hope I learned my lesson and will take much much greater care with my other 9 pines.

While we are at this grim topic, lets update the yamadori section here too.

Cottinus seem to be dead.

Lilac´s new shoots died off and survived just the very low ones - thus ruining this promising material bigtime.

Last year´s gardendori japanese maple got fungus

At least recently posted wisteria is doing great and a precious cork bark elm too.
Finger´s crossed.

utorok 3. júla 2018


Second growing season, going very strong.
That allowed me to do full defoliation and look at the branches.
Some were cut, some wires applied.
More branches might go later on.
There are too many and it is hard to decide which one to keep and which should go.
Any advices welcome :)

The plan

pondelok 2. júla 2018


I couldn´t resist to take a few snapshots of my trees bathing in first rays of light in the morning.
I am taking an online photography course so hopefully I will be able to make ever better photos for your viewing pleasures :)

štvrtok 28. júna 2018


Second partial defoliation this year.
Took me over 2 hours, but it is nice relax for me :)
Thanx to Maroš Belan for advices whether it is safe to do it already, since last partiall defoliation was done just over a month ago.


nedeľa 3. júna 2018


Designed and made by Ivet Mikešová of Atelier Cascada.

and on it´s designated stand

sobota 26. mája 2018


My video report from recent exhibition that took place in Botanical garden in Košice.
Including my penjing with blackthorn, pine and literati wisteria :)