Monday, December 14, 2009
Here are some pics from this past summer and fall. Most of them were taken on the island, while some, like this larch, Japanese black pine, and huge shore pine, are from a nursery on the mainland. All the summer pics are from the private collection of Bob Deryk, who in my opinion has the best collection of Japanese maples and Trident maples i've ever seen. Some of the remaining shots are from the Bonsai farm of George Heffelfinger, past president of the American Bonsai Federation.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
This old Hemlock was collected by my friend Anton Nijhuis of Vancouver Island. It stands 35inches from surface to crown, and the trunk, at its base, is 5inches wide. Its age is approx. 250 years old. I think it will eventually go in a wide round earthen pot, as it has several fronts. Below, the branches were simply thinned and wired downwards in that soft, sweeping manner you would see in a natural specimen growing in the mountains. The lower trunk and dead wood will need some further work. And perhaps the apex could be coaxed down and to the left slightly, resulting in a stronger curve mid trunk. ?