The akward Larix 2

No backbudding still, but vigourous as hell. All moss removed because of the fungi outbreak. The trunk is very uninteresting and the branches are way to high. I think I will use this tree to experiment driftwood style, uro, several shins and maybe a yari at the apex. Need some tools and some lime sulphur before I head on. It will be great. :) One of the lowest branches can be grown downwards like a new trunkline. Yes, yes, YEEEEES!!!! 

Tree aid

These two trees was taken from a huge construction site nearby

The Oak has a nebari of around 8 - 10 cm and height appr. 40 cm, but I think its to late to save it. There were a few green leaves when i found it but not much left of the rootball. I consider it first aid on doomed trees.

It has been standing in a bucket of water for two weeks but all the leaves are brown now. Several branches has died, but there still are a few green ones from this year. If it lives I will have my first oak in the collection. We will see what happens in the spring. Fingers crossed.

This larch were found upside down only a few feets away from the Oak, many dead branches and brown needles. It has received the same treatment as the oak. Soaking it in a bucket of water has left the tip of many shoots green, so better hopes for this one. Measurements will follow next summer.

Taxus with my suiseki

The suiseki standing beside this taxus represents well my approach to learning bonsai. I would say my skills in bonsai are the same as my skills with suiseki. This is a tree I am looking after for Øyvind.

My beeches

Here are some images from my future fagus forest. Considering the controlled yamadori this spring, all trees has survived, and are producing a lot of shots. The way forward will be a lot of trunkchopping as they respond very good to that kind of treatment.
A lot of new shoots everywhere. The ones like ths will be kept as new branches.
Not a pretty sight now, I admit.
I found a use for the good old atropurpureum "pot" as well, genious as I am.
Completely trunkchopped this spring, here are the result. Four new shoots.
I must wire this before its too late. That means tonight.

Trident Maple Clump

One more of Øyvinds maples, three one year old seedlings planted clump style, originally bought from Jan Olav, the pot is also Jan Olavs design.

Life runs so fast, but with bonsai we get a glimpse of eternity through its static nature of energy.

Here are some new pictures of my only pine. It is currently inhouse due to some potential dangerous fungus. (see death fungus) The progress has been according to plan, but no backbudding still. Recently it has dropped some new yellow needles, but I am not quite sure if this is normal for this species this time a year. I will repot this one mid spring next year. Its allways next year, next year, and it will be interesting to see if it wll produce more density next summer.

Atropupureum multiple trunks

This is also one of Øyvinds trees which I am taking care of at he moment. Nothing to do than but to wait and pinch in the spring on this one, looking forward already.

Willow update

I couldnt resist wiring this willow a bit to help start its Moyogi travel. Off course i used too thick wire (the thinnest i have). It responded with dead leaves and new shots to the stress. I say it again, "I need thinner wire". No danger though, the bending of branches/trunk was succesful as according to plan. Trunk diametre has improved greatly, so the wire will come off tomorrow as the wood has already hardened.


This is a stock maple Acer Palmatum Osakazuki I picked up for a friend of mine last year. No great growth this year but it survived the harsh treatment this spring with both pruning down to the bone, bare-rooting it and repotting. There are a lot of new shoots all over the trunk so hopefully we will see a lot of new branches on this next year.

Rowan update

A small tree, trunk has thickened good and there are a couple of new branches to develop futher next year.

Small beech in large pot

All moss removed on this one too, beeches are slowgrowed, but accurate.

Ash update

The ash is growing, no plan for this one though. Hopefully it will generate thicker trunks and new branches.

Siberian maple

Trunkschopped early spring. The new branch where somehow lost at Trygves bonsaikennel, but I cant really blame him, since he had my trees for over 2 months. (Salute again!) The main trunk has thickened good, but the aim is to start a new trunk-leader and a new branch from the first internode. The smal dots (fungus) which bothered this tree earlier, is back. The wet norwegian summer is yet again to blame for the damned shrooms/fungus. However it is just training material so if its lost, it doesnt really matter, yes it does.

Norwegian maple

No big adjustments to this one, all new shoots where pinched after the first two leaves in late spring. This was a mistake and not a very good way to build new branches.

Acer Palmatum training material + cutlings

This maple was trunkchopped early in the spring to give a 100% renewal. As it is now, the lowest branch will remain and a new leader and branch will grow at the first internode next year. The trunk will be left to thicken for the time.

There are also two small larches in the same pot. They came from a large branch off the big larch. They seem to have rooted.

Everything will be repotted to new soil/pots next spring.


Here is the infected birch. Apart from the fungus it is doing fine. As one can see on the second image the "back" of the tree could do with more branches but the tree does not seem to give those willingly. It was found leaning into a stone on the "back" side, so i guess its just missing a stone. Two new shoots have been wired downward to help the high apex. Im just hoping it will live through the death-fungus attack, but maybe that is too much to hope for.
The moss in the pot has been completely removed and now i will let the soil dry for a few days to see if the fungus remains or I need to repot it asap.

Cotoneaster update

The "mispel" after some wiring and pruning of unwanted growth. Still not a fully fledged bonsai, but still a few notches nicer than its base.


Recently two of my trees (birch and pine) has been infected with a grey/white fungus. Most likeley this has occured because of the extremely wet weather we have had / are having in Norway at the time. The fungus appears on random spots in the soil and also at the base of the trunk. I posted images on the International Bonsai forum, and got hinted that it could might well be the "conch" death funcgi (no better name at the time beeing).

Both trees will be repotted next spring. I will move them it to a drier spot inhouse for a while to let the soil dry.
There are reports from a user in our forum that this green moss, that I have been using for decorative purposes (only for tree weeks on the birch) in fact from now, reffered to only as "devils grass", can provoke this fungus on trees and in soils.
This is what happens if you put unknown moss on your trees, so its a lesson.
I have now removed ALL MOSS MFs from my pots and will keep a close eye at the base of the trunks and for the devils grass in the future.
Check the post here:;topicseen#msg2275.

1. september collage

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01.09.2009 september 09 collage