Sunday, November 21, 2010

Tsuga Mertensiana new and old

Various Mountain Hemlock from my own collection as well as that of Anton Nijhuis and Bob Derek (pictured). All of the trees pictured are between the age of 250 and 600 years old. More hemlock pics coming soon.

Refurbishing an old Juniper ( juniperus Scopulorum) 1 of 2

This tree has been in training for 10 years. It started as a collected tree from the wild in 2000. Its initial styling was inspired by the growth habit of the Junipers in the high Sierra Nevada, a habit of gnarled, blighted branches contrasted with fresh vigorous green growth. Over the years its been allowed to grow somewhat out of control, and has almost lost its original shape. The tree is around 75 yrs old, young for a Collected tree, and stands a handsome 38 inches tall. Along with an old collected Tsuga (Mountain Hemlock), it will be worked on extensively at the upcoming Marco Invernizzi workshop here in Victoria B.C. More photos coming soon.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

New collected Lodgepole Pine (Pinus Latifolia)

  • Pinus Latifolia, around 200 years old. Collected fall of 2009. This is its first year in a pot. Perhaps one cannot tell from the photos, but it has a rather elegant sort of movement to it, almost animistic. Its root system is excellent, with strands of mycelium everywhere, and its foliage is riddled with stong buds, both apically and in the lower branches. Overall it has good potential as a Bonsai tree, and its styling will begin as of spring/summer of 2011.