Picea abies 08

Picea abies 08

I got this spruce in trade in spring 2006 as a raw yamadori collected in Romania a couple of years prior to that. Almost instantly I made its first styling as it can be seen in first photos. This spruce is very old and very compact grower by its nature, therefore just a several years after it already started to look quite promising (which is unusual for spruce species). Until 2013 I revisited/restyled the spruce

Juniperus sabina 02

Juniperus sabina 02

I had never really liked the juniper bonsai trees, to admire them, well ok, but not to work with them for my personal collection… My trips to Japan and mostly to Taiwan in 2018 had been changing my view step by step and once I saw the high mountain taiwanese junipers growing in their original habitat I finally started to get the idea of how I would like to approach this species. Also, in last

Picea abies #01

Picea abies #01

This spruce is a special tree for me: I started my bonsai journey in autumn 2001 and  this one was the very first „real“ tree I collected next spring 2002. With a lot of temptation, we started to work on this tree with my dad very early, the first full styling was held in autumn 2003. Luckily, the spruce survived and in following years it was teaching me a lot about spruces and bonsai in

Picea abies „Spikey“

Picea abies „Spikey“

While the previous spruce is the largest tree we´ve got from Romania this spruce is the smallest one. Collected in 2010 it spent much more time in its developing and compacting phase: first detailed styling happened in 2017. Now, after its second full styling and in a fancy japanese pot its image improved a lot. Zatímco smrk z předchozího příspěvku je největším stromem, který máme z Rumunska, tento prcek je naopak tím nejmenším. Vyzvedli jsme

Picea abies „Kraken“

Picea abies „Kraken“

European spruce collected in 2012 in Romania, recently after its 3rd styling: this tree is one of my personal favourites in our garden. I have always tried „not to tame the beast“ and kept the original wild features of this unique specimen, I will try hard to have this on my mind in future as well…  For next repotting in spring 2021 or 2022 quite an original pot needs to be found. Smrk ztepilý vyzvednutý

Pinus mugo „Italian guy“

Pinus mugo „Italian guy“

This special mugo pine comes from a memorable trip to italian mountains in autumn 2011: together with Martin Drábek we visited Mauro Stemberger and that day he took us on a collecting trip where Carlos van der Vaart and Michael Tran made us company. I let this pine recover for 4 growing seasons and in spring 2016 it was repotted into first decent pot. First rough styling was held in summer 2017 just selecting and

Pinus mugo „Swiss-twist“

Pinus mugo „Swiss-twist“

A dynamic yamadori mugo pine which has its history described on our old blog (post from January 2018). Since then, a repotting and one more styling took place (summer 2019): that time I removed all tricky branches kept for security reasons leaving just the main structure of the crown for the future and improved the movement and position of the defining first right-hand branch as well. Now let´s focus on maturing of the crown and

Taiwan bonsai gardens

Taiwan bonsai gardens

During our Taiwan trip, we had a chance to visit few bonsaists and their gardens. Of course, it was possible thanks to our great guide Min Hsuan Lo, so ones more, thanks a lot for this opportunity! It was inspiring to discuss about the different styles, tree species, possibilities, about the taiwanese approach to bonsai art. As we mentioned before, we like the taiwanese way of styling and also the way, how they prepare trees

Hwa Fong – Conifers – part 4

Hwa Fong – Conifers – part 4

See this amazing gallery of conifer bonsai trees from Hwa Fong exhibition. Really exceptional juniper and pine trees. What we like about these trees is the taiwanese styling, which is very different from the japanese style, but it looks much more natural and final result is very close to real junipers in nature. Later we will also post some shots of junipers from the mountains, so you can then compare it. It is good to

Hwa Fong – shohin bonsai – part 3

Hwa Fong – shohin bonsai – part 3

Lets continue with shohin bonsai trees, which were presented at Hwa fong exhibition at exceptional quality. Please notice an interesting bonsai pots of different styles, colours, also with paintings. Shohiny byly prezentovány na výstavě ve výjímečné kvalitě. Povšimněte si také stylů a barevnosti misek, často s ručně malovanými kresbami, které se na Taiwanu těší oblibě. Zpět

Hwa Fong – Shohin bonsai stands – part 2

Hwa Fong – Shohin bonsai stands – part 2

The exhibition Hwa Fong was interesting by presenting large trees or shohin size trees, almost no middle size. Exactly how we like it :). I would like to share few shots of shohin stands. Výstava Hwa fong byla výjimečná tím, že prezentovala velikostně nadstandardní stromy, případně shohiny, jen výjimečně stromy střední velikosti. Takže přesně dle našeho gusta :). Zpět

Hwa Fong – Taiwanese bonsai exhibition – part 1

Hwa Fong – Taiwanese bonsai exhibition – part 1

At the beginning of November, we had a great opportunity to visit taiwanese bonsai exhibition Hwa Fong 2018. It was already the 23rd year of this most prestigious exhibition in Taiwan. Our guide has become Min Hsuan Lo, one of the world’s most respected bonsai masters in this island country. In this first part on our photostory from Taiwan, I would like to share few views from this exceptional exhibition. Začátkem listopadu jsme měli skvělou