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

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 „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

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

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

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