HV66 Bonsai

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Having a bit too much trees for the moment, I decided to reduce my collection a bit. You can find them on my For sale page


And yesterday I also thinned out this little ‘rascal’. Good new growth again, and therefore pruned back once more. I also bisected all leaves so they become smaller,  and thus light and air can get inside the tree again. In theory this should lead to new budding. If there still emerges some new growth now, basically there is still enough time to harden off before the winter really begins …


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Before the maintenance job…

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A closer look…

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Bird’s eye view


Since the foliage on this sylvestris had become quite full again, and sunlight wasn’t reaching the inside of the tree anymore, I removed all the old needles with my tweezers today. A time consuming job, but a very important one in the maintenance of a pine…

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Frontside – before removing needles

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Backside – before removing needles

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Finished! Frontside after removing needles

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Backside – after removing needles

Now light and air can again sufficiently  reach inside the tree, and by removing these old needles and some of the new, the tree has been stimulated to create new buds. The foliage is now also a bit lighter again, and this allows me to spot pests like aphids much easier as it slightly more difficult for them to hide between the needle stalks. I will also increase the amount of  fertilizer now,  to get a strong and healthy tree,  so it will be able to enter the winter season in good shape. New buds should be appearing in a couple of weeks, and if I find the free time, I will also rewire the tree this week, and reshape it a little bit further. This sylvestris has now about a month or two time for the ‘preparation’ of new buds. I will try to get as much as possible new foliage next year, and the year after I want to repot him again to reposition the tree in a lesser sloping angle. Because now I think the tree is standing a bit unbalanced in its pot,  I think it would be better by placing it slightly more upwards…

To end this post another picture from the right side of this tree, where you have a beautiful view on the movement in this old trunk …

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Today I checked my bonsai & kusamono pot collection, and it became clear to me I have way too much of these pots now, which I am probably never going to use. So I have decided to sell a lot of them. Too much pots to place over here one by one, so I placed them on my Kapaza webshop. If you are interested in buying one or more of these pots, you can always contact me…

Link to my webshop: http://shop.kapaza.be/hv66bonsai

Enjoy your day!




Detail picture of a Hosta ‘Paradise Puppet’ flower with some very nice color contrasts…

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Tree strangler, an impressive and scary name for a small plant, you would almost be afraid of getting  it in your garden. Apparently they are capable to ‘strangle’ a mature tree in the long-term. But in bold mood I got myself one, and now I have one of them on my shelves. Let’s hope it doesn’t kill the rest of my collection… :lol:

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View at the nebari…

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The foliage and some new shoots, which are indeed fast growing… :shock:

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Latin name: Celastrus orbiculatus.  In Dutch language it’s called ‘tree strangler’, the English name is Oriental bittersweet, a more pleasant name. Height is 10 cm without the pot. About 18 cm wide. Besides knowing it is a fast-growing climber, I have no experience at all with this plant, so anyone who can give me tips about the care of this species, they are certainly welcome!



Today I had the opportunity to get myself a pretty big juniper, from the same person as where I found the pots and Swiss mugo pine. According to the previous owner, it was styled 7 or 8 years ago, and about 3 years ago it fell from its pedestal, breaking the pot in many pieces. She didn’t had time to repot it into a new pot, and decided to place it in a big garden pot. Which probably also has been its salvation, because if the tree had remained in its normal pot, it might have been dead a while back because of neglect …

Not sure what kind of Juniperus species it is, possibly a common Juniperus chinensis, but it can also be one or other cross. I think I will find out soon enough what species it is, so more info about this later on. The tree itself was firmly grown in this big garden pot, I had to fidget more than 40 minutes with my fingers to get the roots free, so I did’t tear the roots when removing it from the pot.  I don’t have a picture from the tree in the garden pot, but here are some pictures of the tree when I came back home…

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A closer look at the root-ball…

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Very gently I removed as much old ground as possible with a chopstick, without damaging the roots. It is not really a good time to repot such a tree, but in this case there was no choice. But I’m pretty sure there are still enough healthy roots left over, and the three will survive this action. I placed the tree in a big masonry bucket on a mixture of akadama, kiryu, pumice, and some bamboo charcoal. With some thick wires I firmly anchored it in this pot. I had drilled many holes in this pot in advance, so that all excess water can always drain free…

Some more detail pictures of the tree after repotting:

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Unfortunately there is – because of the neglect – also a lot of wire which is growing in on some places. It will be question to get all the wire out of the tree as soon as possible, without damaging it. There will be some ugly wire marks, hopefully not tooo bad.  But I am pretty sure the branches will be fixated to stay where they are now …

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I had the intention to only work with smaller trees, because shohin are simply much easier to handle. But what the heck, I just couldn’t resist this one. In my own opinion, this is surely one of the best trees I have ever had in my collection. Hopefully I can bring it back in his former glory, and make something beautiful out of it! But first things first, let’s tryi to get it back in good health…

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A new small Chrysanthemum stone came into my collection. Measures  6 cm wide, and the height is ca 4,5 cm. Not Japanese from origin, it was found on a shore in Canada according the previous owner…

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Don’t mind the  small Chinese stand, the previous owner used it to display this stone. Think there are better options to present it…


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Detail of the ‘flowers’…

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Yes, that’s right… a free mugo!!!

This week I saw an ad of someone in my neighbourhood who was selling some nice bonsai pots for a very reasonable price. Called her, made an appointment, and the same day I went to her place to pick up these pots. When I got there, it was indeed a very reasonable price for this quality of pots, so I bought them.  We started talking, and she told me she had some private problems which started 6 years ago, and she just did’nt had any time left over to take care of her trees, and a big part of her collection died sadly enough. She placed some of her trees in her garden, and some of them did survive. Only two trees in a pot survived, one was a larger scots pine. The main branch of this tree was sadly enough lost, and there were lots of branches with the wire completely grown in. She didn’t ask much for the tree, but it was too big for me anyway. Then she showed me the other tree, which was lying on her compost heap, ready to throw away!!!

It was a mugo pine, which was standing in one of the pots she was selling. She thought no one would be interested in such a neglected tree, so she decided to throw away the tree, and sell the pot along with a few other she still had lying from other trees who didn’t survive. Then she told me that I could take this one for free if I bought the pots! It was bare-rooted, but the new growth looked healthy enough for me, so I took it a long with the pots. Didn’t cost me a thing, so why not?

The rootball was slightly matted, but it was still intact. The soil was completely dried out, but this species are used to a hard environment. Back at home I placed the tree quickly in one of the pots she was selling, without messing too much with the roots. Around the root ball I placed some new soil mixture, ​​with the thought to get the tree back in good health. The tree was also covered with lots of ants and aphids, but it gave it a strong treatment against these bugs. There was also a large part of the trunk which was taped in with black vulcanizing tape over raffia. I removed all the wire and tape, and also pruned some dead twigs and needles out of the tree. The bark under the tape looked a bit damp in the beginning,  but it has dried up now, and it looks pretty normal again. But there is still a piece of 20 cm on the trunk with some major wire marks. If I have understood her correctly, the wiring and tape has been on this tree for more than six years!!!

So here is this mugo, after I potted it into some fresh soil in one of her pots…

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According to the owner this tree came from “a bloke from Switzerland”, but she couldn’t remember the name. I dropped the name Pius Notter, and she nodded; yeah, that was him. So now I am pretty sure that it is a Swiss mugo pine. OK, it’s not really a top-tree, and there are some issues. But I could not leave him laying there on a compost heap. And since it was free anyway, I can definitely gain some experience with it. And who knows, maybe it will eventually become a good tree…

Some more detail pictures:

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Not bad for a free tree, huh? Tomorrow I will go back, because I also saw  a beautiful huge juniper she placed in a big garden pot. Because of the weight of the tree, it has tilted a bit in this pot, making the root ball become visible for some part. It looked like this root ball was still very compact! And for a very reasonable price, I could take this one also! More about this juniper tree tomorrow evening…






Here are some pictures of one of my oldest accent plantings – a yarrow (Achillea millefolium) combined with some Sedum and Phlox growing in between. I started this one in 2006, you can find a picture I made of it in 2007 here. Yarrow is also known as thousandleaf…

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The leaves have a strong aromatic odor and can be used fresh in salads, but I never tried that. The Dutch name of yarrow – thousandleaf – refers to the very fine divided leaves. Achillea is named after Achilles, the warrior hero of Troy. Achilles saved his wounded soldiers by treating the wounds with this herb.  The plant name “millefolium” refers to the Latin words mille (thousand) and folate (leaf). The plant is known for centuries as a herb that heals wounds, and has styptic properties. Achillea is a hemicryptophyte, which means it has buds at or near the soil surface, like daisies or dandelions. Another interesting fact is that when hop was still an expensive product for brewing beer, this slightly bitter yarrow also was used for this purpose…

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The light sulfur yellow pot with crackles was made by John Pitt. Over the years the yellow tone in this pot has become a lot softer, but I still like it. Without the flower stalks, which are always gently rocking up and down in the wind, the height of this one is about 12 cm. To end my story, I leave you with a close-up of the flowers…

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