Thursday, January 18, 2007
At the beginning of December 2006 Bill Nelson and I went to Brussel's Nursery in Mississippi, just south of Memphis, Tennessee.
This is by far the biggest nursery in North America. One must go there, at least once.
Frost is not so common in the South. A real lot of stuff ist stored outside. This can cause a problem when severe frost happens overnight. In Florida it was found out that the orange
trees could be protected by misting them over night with water. The branches would have
ice all over and would be protected from frost. At Brussel's they do the same thing. It looks bizzarre.
1) enormous gardenia
2) very nice elm
3) Bill and Joe looking at the best oak style tree that I know.
Joe lives in Alabama, just at the Gulf of Mexico. He is well known for his forests and his slabs. Not so many people know what a spendid collection he has of boxwoods which are stlyed in what he calls 'southern oak style'. I would call it naturalistic style, but it does not matter really.
Joe is a bonsai philospher and very good teacher.
1) Bill Nelson and Joe Day
2) boxwood in oak stlyle
3) another one
4) trident group
5) Joe explaining the concept of oak style
When visiting Guy a trip to New Orleans is a must. Contary to my expecatiosn the city was very lively. Well, they said that this was nothing compared to what it used to be. Anyway, we had a great time in the French Quarter.
Bill Nelson acquired a few outstanding trees at Guy's. These will be shown in the separate blog.
1) Guy and Walter in French Quarer
2) WP and Bill Nelson in Café du Monde
3) Jazz in New Orleans
5) I believe this guy is working out for a tree critique
At the beginning of December 2006 Bill Nelson and I were there.
Guy has his nursery whid he calles Bonsai Northsohre close to new Orleans:
Guy is very well known in America. He is a most interesting character.
Monday, January 8, 2007
Wolfgang lives in the north of Bavaria, somewhat close to the middle of Germany. He is well known as probably the most active collector of trees from the wild. He has several thousand trees and some of them are most outstanding material.
David and I went there to find some very good pieces of raw material for my garden.
1) European field maple, acer campestre
Juergen has worked on two most outstanding mugo pines. The purpose of our visit was to get them to a new location in my garden.
The first one is arond 60 cm high. He did a long article for Bonsai Europe with it that will appear soon