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

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,

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

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