Tilia cordata 02

Tilia cordata 02

Another specimen from a collection I purchased in summer 2017. This european linden had been collected around 2003 and as a yamadori it has been quite lucky not to catch a fungi, which is quite common in our sub-mountainous region. I remember that I made the very first styling back in 2005-2006, since then I´ve just occasionally met the tree until the purchase two years ago. This spring we changed the pot for a bigger,

Carpinus betulus group

Carpinus betulus group

This european hornbeams group planting  occured as a side-product of a much bigger project of mixed hornbeam &beech forest. In 90´s my father collected tiny seedlings of both species and put them in ground where they were regularly hedge pruned once or twice a year. In spring 2009 (photo below) all the trees were lifted from the ground and a big forest was planted which took us a whole day, then the leftovers (not very

Betula pendula 01 – progression 2008-2019

Betula pendula 01 – progression 2008-2019

We collected this silver birch in spring 2008 very close to our home: surprisingly, it featured nice movement and had some branches low on trunk which is quite difficult to find among birches. It survived without any problems or further dieback, so in 2010 and 2012 we could do first and second styling/wiring. Since then, the crown has been edited mostly by pruning and trimming, somehow we have never found time to work on this

Ulmus minor 01

Ulmus minor 01

Winter 2018/2019: I purchased this interesting chinese elm clump two years ago as a part of my friend´s  collection. Haven´t done a lot since then, just feeding a lot and trimming in order to keep the tree in good health condition. I know this tree for a long time, however, I´ve never really liked the tree/pot combo, so this spring I definitely plan to change the pot for a bigger oval, I hope to find

Carpinus coreana 02

Carpinus coreana 02

This chuhin size korean hornbeam is progressing nicely since I purchased it in summer 2018. In winter it was fully restyled and in spring 2019 repotted into a pot by Hugo Studenik. Now it is ready for the exhibition in Prague which will be held very soon on 7 – 8 September. Tento menší korejský habr jsem pořídil loni v létě a od té doby se pěkně posunul – přes zimu proběhlo kompletní přetvarování a

Shimpaku juniper 01

Shimpaku juniper 01

I posted this little guy on our old blog back in December 2018 when I did a restyling, here is a previous text: I purchased this shimpaku juniper 2 years ago as a little bit neglected used-to-be bonsai imported from Japan many years ago. In those past 2 growing seasons I´ve been wondering how to improve this tree in terms of aesthetic design and this late fall I reset the structure and change the planting

Larix decidua 03 „Olgoi-khorkhoi“

Larix decidua 03 „Olgoi-khorkhoi“

This monster larch is definitely an eye-catcher on our bonsai garden. Started in 2013 and the actual look is from the complete re-styling made this February. The larch will feature in an article in next issue of the czech bonsai magazine, so this time I´ll let speak the images for themselves. Tento mohutný modřín je vděčným objektem pohledů návštěvníků naší zahrady. Založen byl na jaře 2013 a aktuální podoba je z posledního kompletního tvarování z

Prunus mahaleb 06

Prunus mahaleb 06

From all the spring blooming of dozens of deciduous trees, mostly p.mahaleb, in our bonsai garden I´ve had time to decently photographed just this one (which will feature in an article in a czech bonsai magazine). As every year, at this time we are completely busy with repotting, some yamadori collecting and also work on client´s gardens. Anyhow, you can see this mahalebs´s progression in gallery below, getting better year by year, this summer we

Picea abies 06

Picea abies 06

New bonsai evolution has been added to the gallery. Working this european spruce has never been an easy task: its history includes a couple of sessions of heavy bending (with trunk splitting), reducing outgrown branches etc. For the first time now, the crown has been styled in a more detailed way and I´m starting to like the shape of this tree. Repotting into the new position should be another step ahead this spring. Nový vývoj

Juniperus sabina – swiss yamadori

Juniperus sabina – swiss yamadori

I purchased this sabina juniper in 2017 with 2 more trees of same species, all of them collected yamadori from Switzerand. At that time this tree was after its first styling and other trees were even more mature. This winter I have found some time to restyle the tree more accordingly to my personal taste and towards the „taiwanese mountain junipers“ style. It is still a rough sketch of what it should look like, but

Working on field maples

Working on field maples

In the first months of this year we have worked on many deciduous trees, among them on these two field maples. For both of them it was the second styling. The huge one was collected in 2014 with a lot of effort :-). With its height aprox. 140 cm it is one of the most powerful deciduous specimens in our garden. V zimních měsících jsme stihli zapracovat na mnoha listnáčích a mezi nimi i na

Carpinus betulus 03 „Twin trunk“

Carpinus betulus 03 „Twin trunk“

New bonsai evolution has been added to the photogallery. This interesting twin trunk hornbeam has had quite a quick progression till the date. Collected in 2013 and planted immediately into a shallow container thanks to its very good and flat rootball. Styled twice so far and the crown is developing well. Already hoping to see it with opening leaves as most of our deciduous trees after the long winter period… Nový vývoj habrového dvojkmene přidán

Picea abies 05

Picea abies 05

New bonsai evolution has been added to the photogallery. This spruce is also a typical specimen collected from surrounding hills: some interesting trunk movement, otherwise, crown made of very long branches with foliage on its tips. 3 years after its collecting, in 2012 we decided to press a litlle more the lower part of the trunk using the jack. However, it still didn´t have enough movement in the middle section, therefore two years later we

Berberis thunbergii „The Slug“

Berberis thunbergii „The Slug“

New bonsai story has been added to the photogallery. We rescued this very old and massive berberis from a newly reconstructed garden around a villa house built in 20 ´s of 20th century, this happened in spring 2008. Luckily, it survived without any problem and grew heavily since first moment  We started the very first interventions in 2010 and in 2011 it got its first pot – even without any further styling it pleased us

Carpinus betulus 02 „Little Sumo“

Carpinus betulus 02 „Little Sumo“

A detail wiring and re-shapíng of this chuhin size hornbeam has taken place recently. Last year we changed its pot for a one by Martin Ašenbrener, which was for better in my opinion. A couple of root grafts for improvng nebari should be a right thing to do in near future, overall, the tree is progressing nicely! Po letech opět přišla řada na vydrátování a vyladění koruny tohoto habrového prcka. Minulý rok jsme změnili misku

Picea abies „Imhotep“

Picea abies „Imhotep“

New bonsai story has been added to the photogallery. We collected this european spruce in 2005 from a local grove where people used to cut branches or whole apexes of spruces for Christmas decoration, therefore, kind of pre-bonsai preparation had been made prior to collecting. With such a material, we need to focus in first aprox. 5 years just on regaining strenght and compacting crown, mainly by backbudding produced by right timed pruning (in June

Carpinus&Fagus forest

Carpinus&Fagus forest

New bonsai evolution of a big deciduous forest has been added to the gallery. The start of this huge composition dates back to the 90 ´s when my father collected some young seedlings of hornbeams and beeches and put them in ground in order to prepare them for the future. Some 15 years later with just pruning crowns and roots, these tiny trees became interesting bonsai material. In 2009 we created this forest planting with

Picea abies 03 „KOBA“

Picea abies 03 „KOBA“

New bonsai story has been added to the photogallery. We found this spruce in 2005 clinging from a forest road bank and we kind liked its weird looking nebari and old bark. As with most spruces collected in our low-lands, the branches were quite leggy and not compact at all, a characteristic which always takes years to get rid off. Therefore, we had been preparing this spruce for 9 years before first styling could take

Carpinus coreana „Gargantua&Pantagruel“

Carpinus coreana „Gargantua&Pantagruel“

New bonsai evolution has been added to the photogallery. I know this tree for 15+ years, I pruned it and repotted it a few times while still in my client´s collection, then for some 10 years I lost track of this hornbeam…  In summer 2017, as I purchased the majority of my client´s trees, I was glad that I encountered this old fella again. This korean hornbeam was imported 20+ years from Korea or Japan,

Pinus sylvestris SK Bunjin

Pinus sylvestris SK Bunjin

New bonsai story of a Pinus sylvestris bunjin has been added to the photogallery. This elegant scots pine was collected in 2012 from a rocky area: at first sight it seemed to be uncollectable as it grew straight into a rock, but we managed to get rid of a front stone tap and found out that it was growing in a perfect small hollow, so we could lift it up with almost intact rootball. Therefore,