Marc’s Masterpiece & Bonsai Warsaw with More Answers

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Here's that close up of Marc Noelander's monumental masterpiece Wall Bonsai that we featured last week (the uncropped photo is below). We're showing it again because now we have some answers to your questions (courtesy of Marc)... "The wall planting is a Juniper procumbens. More than one... 3 big plants and 4 days work."

Sometimes we post without the information you want. In this case, there was one recent post that was short on facts (see above) and one that involved a simple act of forgetting (see below)

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w5 What I failed to mention about this photo that we featured yesterday, is... that's a Green T Turntable that the tree is sitting on, and that we are the North American distributors of Green Ts.... amazing tools that will change the way you work on your bonsai

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A Green T, up close and beautiful

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Marc's masterpiece. Uncropped

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Bonsai Stories

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The smaller trunk was blown over in storm and saved when it landed on a tiny rock island. Fortunately, just enough of the roots are intact and a surviving branch has grown up to become the new crown. One of several stories told by this remarkable planting. The artist is Nacho Marin, a frequent presence here on Bark

Traveling today so it’s archive time. This one is from one year ago yesterday

The best bonsai tell stories. Usually it’s about hostile environments and hardships, though you could have a robust and stately tree that speaks of a more gentle climate and easy living

In the case of the tree above, you can see tough times in the small trunk that was blown over and in the battered deadwood on both trunks. Island life with limited soil and nasty storms

However, the abundant healthy foliage speaks of ample water (of course), and many storm-free sunny days, with the the soil possessing more than enough nutrients for this tough old tree

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Close up of the tough (and lucky) little survivor...

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The main trunk. Scoured by strong winds and airborne water...

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More European Bonsai – Poland this Time

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We found this Japanese white pine (Goyomatsu) at Bonsai Warsaw. The other photos shown here are from the Warsaw Bonsai Show. They were posted by Will Baddeley (links for both are below)

Polish bonsai anyone? And just in case you think I’m a mole planted here to showcase European bonsai… well, it’s true, I do appreciate what’s going on in the European bonsai community and how rapidly they’ve advanced over the last 20 to 30 years.* But really, anywhere you find quality bonsai is good enough.

Here’s your link to Bonsai Warsaw. And here’s Will Baddeley

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This humpback tree looks like a Shimpaku juniper

 

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This photo is a little dark, but you can see enough to appreciate the tree and its over-the-top (so to speak) jin and other deadwood. It's another juniper, but the foliage may be a little too coarse for shimpaku (or maybe not... it depends on how big the tree is)

 

warsawficusA gnarly, gnarled old Ficus

*Europeans have the advantage of lax import policies on plant material from Asia. This has allowed for easy accessibility of superior stock when compared with the more restrictive (some might say unreasonable) U.S.D.A. plant import policies

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Boxwood Bonsai – Before & After Armageddon

dsc_1557Michael Hagedorn's Japanese boxwood. Here's part of what Michael wrote about this tree (from his Crataegus Bonsai blog)... "And after the new flush of leaves came out, summer 2017. Defoliation creates regrowth with smaller leaves. This photo is after minimal wiring and pad cleanup. There is a scale shift from the earlier, un-defoliated 2017 photos, and the structure of the tree comes out a bit better than the earlier attempt 14 years ago as a well-manicured foliage ‘mop.’ Which was fine for dusting or generally shrubbery use in Monty Python movies, but less good for bonsai."

Up to our old tricks… borrowing from one of our favorites, Michael Hagedorn’s Crataegus bonsai. Enjoy!

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1996 photo of the Japanese boxwood in International Bonsai magazine, from a hedge plant

Continued from above…
Here’s part of what Michael wrote about Boxwoods in general (from the same post)…  “I have been impressed with the ability of Japanese boxwood to take a lot of unskilled mistakes and laugh them off, similar to the way we recommend juniper for newcomers to bonsai. I would say boxwood is also in that easy to care for group. And by using the defoliation technique, Japanese boxwood leaves can be scaled down. Granted, it lacks a host of wabi-sabi qualities some prefer in their choice of species, but I must say after years of weird mishaps and weather and unmentionables, it is clear that Japanese boxwood are about the toughest things on the planet. After Armageddon, assume cockroaches, viruses, and boxwood. The world will still have nice hedges. Which is strangely comforting.

 

dsc_1426Somewhere between before and after (but much closer to after). Here's Michael's caption... "View of the Edward Scissorhands event close up"

And just in case you missed it above (twice) here’s your link to the entire post, including a whole series of photos that we’re not showing here, and more of Michael’s delightful story telling

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Adding Drama to an Already Dramatic Bonsai

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Is this spectacular Juniper in its equally spectacular pot, listing just a tad to the left? Or is it just me? No matter, to my eye at least, the tension set up by this feeling adds a little more drama to an already very dramatic tree

Here’s a post from our archives (Novemeber, 2012). It was titled Getting It Right This Time (you can visit the original if you’d like to know what we were getting right). I picked it mostly because I thought you might appreciate the rather spectacular tree above, though the others aren’t half bad either

The photos you see here were taken at the Museo Bonsai de Alcobendas in Madrid, Spain (I borrowed them from the Bonsai Center Sopelana in Spain’s Basque Country). Here’s what Nuno Encarnação wrote about them…
“These are all from the bonsai exhibit in Museo Bonsai de Alcobendas in Madrid. This exhibit is the most important bonsai exposition in Spain and one of the three main exhibits in Europe along with Noelanders trophy in Belgium and UBI in Italy.”
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Great nebari, great trunk, good branching and phenomenal color. It's a Japanese maple. I won't bother to guess the variety

Continuing with Nuno Encarnação’s quote from above…
The Museum has also an amazing permanent exposition with some impressive Mediterranean species and imported Japanese trees, some of which were previously worked on by such masters as Kobayashi and Kimura. The beech shown in this post is from the permanent exhibit.”

Unfortunately, you can't see the trunks and much of the rock in this photo, but you can see the lovely Hinoki foliage and the tree's well balanced, dynamic flow

 

This must be the beech referred to above. You might notice how small the leaves are. It must have been defoliated at least once

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Before & After Bonsai, Artists & Philosophers & the Strangest Cat Video I’ve Ever Seen

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Here's a fairly simple maintenance before and after. I found it on Mariusz Janusz Komsta's timeline. Here's Mariusz's caption... "Taxus Stavrakos - good job Stavros Stavrakis, from now it can be only better - refinement of dead wood, new pot, more density and clean trunk needed ... in the near future"

Mariusz Komsta’s caption above provides a few answers about this tree and raises at least as many questions. First, as you may know, Taxus Stavrakos is not a Yew species (though the tree is a Yew). More like a little joke on Mariuzs’a part. Second, when I followed the link provided, it does go to Stavros Stavrakis timeline, but I couldn’t find anything there about this tree
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Before. An already mature well-established bonsai. A simple task to shape it up, right? Well, simple maybe for a skilled bonsai artist, but not for just anyone. There's more than meets the eye to bringing an overgrown tree back into shape

 Continued from above…
What is on Stavros’ timeline – in addition to some bonsai (some excellent trees by Bjorn, for example) and bonsai news – are some mesmerizing videos presented by some of the world’s greatest artists, philosophers and other fascinating people. Here’s just a small sample for the three of you who might care… Django Reinhardt, Bertrand Russell, John Edmark, Nassim Haramein… and for the rest of you, perhaps the strangest cat video you’ll ever see (sorry!)

 

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After. Looking better but still a ways to go. Or to quote Mariusz (from above) “refinement of dead wood, new pot, more density and clean trunk needed … in the near future” BTW: is that what it looks like; a hole that goes all the way through the trunk?

 

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Marc’s Masterpiece

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Whoa! Marc Noelanders posted this exquisite composition and my guess is he's the artist behind it. Here's his caption... "Another huge wooden wall.Hopefully we'll see you all next year at Bonsai namaste Convention."  Not a bad idea. Here's your link to 2018

If you follow Marc Noelanders on facebook you’ve already seen this masterpiece and its 10,000 rave reviews. If not, I’m happy you can see it here

 

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I cropped this one for a closer look, though I'm a little nervous about messing with something like this. Maybe you can just imagine that you are standing very close. While you're here you can't help but notice that little piece of dancing deadwood that adds a lighthearted touch to such a monumental masterpiece

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A little perspective

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Speaking of perspective...
and though you probably figured it out
the man in the tree is the famous artist himself

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Bonsai in the Palm of Your Hand

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The trunk on this sturdy little tree reminds me of any number of massive yamadori Junipers we've seen (and featured) from the mountains of western North America. Difference is, there's no way they'd fit in the palm of your hand

Yesterday, was Haruyosi. Today it’s Haruyosi and soon enough it will be Haruyosi again…

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Another sweet Shimpaku. A favorite of Haruyosi

 

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And another...

 

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This one is already in a bonsai pot. And just in case you missed it, Haruyosi is a Master potter in addition to being a small bonsai master (you know what I mean)

 

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Smaller than small. A true mame (little bean)

 

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Another treat by Master Potter Haruyosi

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A Feel for Small Bonsai

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It's not that often you see such a small Bunjin style bonsai (calling this a bunjin is probably a stretch, as it lacks that extra character that only time and rough conditions can bring*). But then, there aren't that many artists with a feel for small bonsai quite like Haruyosi. I cropped this photo to emphasize just the tree. The uncropped version is below

It has been a while since we visited Harayosi, one our favorites. Especially when it comes to small bonsai. Almost all of his trees are mame (lit. bean) and many, if not most, are junipers

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The uncropped version of the tree above... tools and all
haru33Three baby bunjin-ish junipers
haruealierThe same three before trimming

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This one is less bunjin-ish, but it tends a little in that direction

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A extra treat. Haruyosi is also a master potter

*Rather than trying to explain bunjin, we’ll point you to the comments in this Bark post from 2015

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