Sunday, July 29, 2007

Open Garden of Wolfgang Putz part 2

Some glimpses:
Some trees
fuchsias (see more in the 'Mountains and Valleys' blog)
A visit to Horst Heinzlreiter is obligatory when I am in the region.

Open Garden of Wolfgang Putz part 1

Yesterday Wolfgang had his Open Garden. Several hundred people came from all over Central Europe. I did what I call "tree inspiration", which is a fancy tree critique all day long. People where invited to bring trees which I spoke about in public then. In between I alos spoke about some of Wolfgang's trees.

Monday, July 9, 2007

exhibit in the Nymphenburg park - part 5

The pictures with His Royal Majesty Franz of Bavaria were released while I was in America.

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Jason's masterpiece - part 2

All major branches are brought into resonable position with guy wires.
This looks like it will be a very impressive bonsai in a few years. The trunk is enormous and appears even bigger with the compact crown. It will be exiting to watch the development.
A RMJ of this size is usually clearly older than 1000 years (one thousand).

Now the tree will be left alone for sevral months. Jason will twist the guy wires at the end of summer to bring the branches down more. It is OK to exaggerate the down movment at this stage. The branches will snap bakck a bit anyway, after the wire is taken off. The tree will have to show lots of healthy new growth over summer. In winter we will be able to start detailed wiring. The juniper should not go into a pot before wiring is done and it has settled. This means it will be in this box until spring of 2009. In late summer of 2009 it should look quite fine already.

Some will wonder how we could dare to start stylng this beast so soon after collecting. One has to know that a tree which is over 1000 yers old cannot be collected like other trees. The only way to keep one alive is to find it in a rock crevice where it can be collected almost without disturbing the rootball. So this is like slip potting for the tree. A bonsai that was slip potted last fall can well be styled in summer of the following year. So this is about the same. If the tree, however, had shown some signs of weakness it would have be left alone for years.

Jason's masterpiece - part 1

Jason Gamby lives in St. Helens near Portland, Oregon. He works with Oregon Bonsai and organizes my tours in the Northwest and is one of my students there.

This gigantic Rocky Mountain Juniper (Juniperus scopulorum) was collected in fall of 2006. I wonder whether someone has a bigger junper whcih si so compact at the same time.

At the start
And after cutting off the live parts o the right side
Carving with die grinders

Portland glimpses

workshop participants
Walter giving Paula a private critique

Charles Gluskoter, the potter

Charles lives south of Salem, Oregon. He is not yet really a bonsai potter, but he probably will be. We talked him into making some pots which will be oferd through Oregon bonsai soon. Charles' glazings are most outstanding.

Workshop in Portland - part 3

In Jason's garden we had a full day's workshp too.

Don with ponderosa

Lee with his juniper again

Lee refining this Shinpaku (It's ShiNpaku and NOT ShiMpaku


Workshop in Portland - part 2

Lee with his great Rocky Mountain Juniper

Workshop in Portland - part 1

In Lee's garden we had two workshops.
Here some glimpses.

Darrel and his daughter