RESTYLING MY MUGO PINE NAMED "LITTLE CHAPEL".

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RESTYLING MY MUGO PINE NAMED "LITTLE CHAPEL".

Post  Hans van Meer. on Sun Oct 14, 2012 1:34 am

Hi everybody,
last week I rewired and restyled my Mugo Pine named "Little chapel". And since than I have been waiting for the weather to break open to shine a little light on to my little Photograph aria in the back of my garden, but no such luck! So the picture of the finished tree is not the best I ever made, but I hope it will do for now?!

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I collected this tree in 2004 in Austria and gave it it's first styling in 2006.



Below: This is how it looked in September 2010 after it's second styling session.
Height: 57 cm/ 22,5 inch.



Below: Freezing my nuts off while styling! BBRRRRR! Sad And I am getting grayer and grayer, real fast! Shocked



Below: And this is how the tree looks after this last restyling.
Height: 57 cm/ 22,5 inch.




The foliage mass has doubled and a lot off the new growth is closer to the trunk, so that is good! The old curling branch (second one on the right) that has a old natural Shari's running along it, is not wired but supported in to place by wooden sticks to prevent it from damaging! The different foliage layers are hard to make out in this flat looking picture, but believe me, they are there! Smile Next, if the weather alowes, the deadwood will be worked over, cleaned and then treated with wood hardener were necessary. And than it is all treated with a double coating off lime sulfur. I do like how this little tree is progressing! I hope you enjoyed this little update?!

Read and see more about "Little Chapel" in my IBC Bonsai Gallery HERE!!!.
And even more on my personal Bonsai Website Karamotto HERE!!! and HERE!!!

JUST A FEW MORE WEEKS TO BURRS!!! cheers cheers

Cheers,
Hans van Meer.

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Post  yamasuri on Sun Oct 14, 2012 2:32 am

Hans you just polishing fine details. It's really coming great. All fit together for me...pot tree. Really good work, man!

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Post  Tona on Sun Oct 14, 2012 4:18 am

Hans,
Awesome tree as always!!
Tona

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Post  Sakaki on Sun Oct 14, 2012 9:46 am

I really like your way Mr. Meer
Do you have any future plan for the deadwood section just above the soil surface?

Thanks
Taner

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Post  Hans van Meer. on Sun Oct 14, 2012 11:33 pm

yamasuri wrote:Hans you just polishing fine details. It's really coming great. All fit together for me...pot tree. Really good work, man!

Tona wrote:Hans,
Awesome tree as always!!
Tona

Sakaki wrote:I really like your way Mr. Meer
Do you have any future plan for the deadwood section just above the soil surface?

Thanks
Taner

Thanks guy's! I am glad that you like how this little tree is progressing!
Taner my planes for that deadwood section are to preserve it for the future as it is. This hollow trunk section is actually the front side of a thick hollow root, that is still verry much alive and important for the survival of this tree! But, if I realy wanted to, well than this section could be changed with some clever root rearranging ! But I wound, because I based this hole design around this static, but unique and eye catching feature! I feld and still feel that this deadwood is a nice counter balance to the left side of the trunk! Because besides this deadwood root there is nothing else there, nothing but empty space! So it visually holds the tree firmly down into the ground and by doing so it compensates all that movement and lush foliage mass on the right side of the trunk, that otherwise would pull the tree over to the right, making it look dis balanced! So this deadwood/root section is beside being (still) importand to the health of the tree, also a importand future in my design and I realy like it! I think that this bonus that mother nature created on this little tree is certainly different and unique and I think that it would be almost a crime to not try to incorporate into my design! I just love these difficult puzzles in yamadori material! I hope this explains my way off thinking and what I am plaining to do in the future?! Thanks for asking!

Cheers, guy's!
Hans van Meer.

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Post  -keith- on Sun Oct 14, 2012 11:46 pm

i am usually not a fan of collected mugos ,but this one is fantastic ,great job

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Post  Sakaki on Sun Oct 14, 2012 11:55 pm

Hans van Meer. wrote:

Thanks guy's! I am glad that you like how this little tree is progressing!
Taner my planes for that deadwood section are to preserve it for the future as it is. This hollow trunk section is actually the front side of a thick hollow root, that is still verry much alive and important for the survival of this tree! But, if I realy wanted to, well than this section could be changed with some clever root rearranging ! But I wound, because I based this hole design around this static, but unique and eye catching feature! I feld and still feel that this deadwood is a nice counter balance to the left side of the trunk! Because besides this deadwood root there is nothing else there, nothing but empty space! So it visually holds the tree firmly down into the ground and by doing so it compensates all that movement and lush foliage mass on the right side of the trunk, that otherwise would pull the tree over to the right, making it look dis balanced! So this deadwood/root section is beside being (still) importand to the health of the tree, also a importand future in my design and I realy like it! I think that this bonus that mother nature created on this little tree is certainly different and unique and I think that it would be almost a crime to not try to incorporate into my design! I just love these difficult puzzles in yamadori material! I hope this explains my way off thinking and what I am plaining to do in the future?! Thanks for asking!

Cheers, guy's!
Hans van Meer.

It is certainly eye-catching, & the balance you've explained is surely beyond doubt! Smile
I exactly understand and love your point of view & way.
Also, I am grateful for your detailed explanation/reply.

Thanks
Taner

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Post  abcd on Mon Oct 15, 2012 8:31 am

Do you have an idea for the final pot ?
Rectangular , square pot, massive .

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Post  Pavel Slovák on Mon Oct 15, 2012 6:12 pm

Hi Hans
Very beautiful tree. Development is large steps of the large tree.
Greetings Pavel

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Post  Lee Brindley on Mon Oct 15, 2012 7:35 pm

Love it. Thanks for posting. Very Happy

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Post  Hans van Meer. on Wed Oct 17, 2012 12:28 am

Sakaki wrote:

It is certainly eye-catching, & the balance you've explained is surely beyond doubt! Smile
I exactly understand and love your point of view & way.
Also, I am grateful for your detailed explanation/reply.

Thanks
Taner

Your welcome! I like it when people ask about my work and the reasons for what I do! That's also one off the reasons why I post my work here. I like to reply as good as I can and that is not always that easy, but thats actually a good thing! Because it makes me have to re look and analyze what I exactly did and why I did it and for what reasons or feelings! And that is sometimes verry refreshing, because while I overlook and analyzing my own (fresh)work, I seam to look trough different eyes and only with those eyes, I often notice that I had don most off the actual styling work with out that much thinking. And that is sometimes, like in this case, verry silly and funny in the same time. Because while going back over the steps that I had made styling this tree, I discovered that I had made some sort off triple copper wire and sticks pulley system contraption to bring the whole top section in to place. It made me smile, because I was thinking: That's clever! Wink Very Happy

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Post  Hans van Meer. on Wed Oct 17, 2012 12:40 am

abcd wrote:Do you have an idea for the final pot ?
Rectangular , square pot, massive .

To be honest, not exactly! But I do feel that this tree needs a pot with some height to emphasize that cascading feeling it has! And I feel that it needs to be a simple pot. Because this tree is pretty load as it is and a simple pot would tone that down some what, but in the same time alowes it to shine!
In more simple words: No idea, what so ever! Wink

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Post  Hans van Meer. on Wed Oct 17, 2012 12:42 am

Pavel Slovák wrote:Hi Hans
Very beautiful tree. Development is large steps of the large tree.
Greetings Pavel

Lee Brindley wrote:Love it. Thanks for posting. Very Happy


Thanks guy's!

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Post  Fore on Thu Oct 18, 2012 7:12 pm

Hans, speaking of deeper pots for cascading plants, I've always wondered, being so deep for larger specimens for example, of moisture retention. With a deep pot, the top 4" will dry out for example , while staying wet at the bottom of the pot? Just seems to me that deep pots for cascading plants will always have a problem with root rot if the bottom is constantly wet...any tricks to avoid this or am I just plain out wrong?


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Post  Guest on Fri Oct 19, 2012 2:10 pm

Hans van Meer. wrote:

Below: And this is how the tree looks after this last restyling.
Height: 57 cm/ 22,5 inch.




And the paint shop stick is just the right length too. What a coincidence! Smile

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Post  vivian on Fri Oct 19, 2012 6:20 pm

nice tree !

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Post  Hans van Meer. on Fri Oct 19, 2012 8:07 pm

Scion wrote:
Hans van Meer. wrote:
And the paint shop stick is just the right length too. What a coincidence! Smile

I know!!! Amazing isn't it?! Wink

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Post  Hans van Meer. on Fri Oct 19, 2012 11:13 pm

Fore wrote:Hans, speaking of deeper pots for cascading plants, I've always wondered, being so deep for larger specimens for example, of moisture retention. With a deep pot, the top 4" will dry out for example , while staying wet at the bottom of the pot? Just seems to me that deep pots for cascading plants will always have a problem with root rot if the bottom is constantly wet...any tricks to avoid this or am I just plain out wrong?


Good question! A deeper pot, especially the deep ones we use for cascading bonsai are more likely to retain more water! So when looking for a deep pot, you have to check if there are enough large holes in the bottom of the pot and if there is a slight tilt in the bottom toward the holes! The training pot were this Pine lives in now has one large hole in the middle that is surrounded by 3 smaller ones on the outside. The whole bottom of this pot gets lower/tilts towards that large middle hole and that creates a funnel effect that helps the excess water out of the pot. With this pot, it is giving water and with in 3 seconds the water runs out off the under side. Just what I want for my pines! But not all deep pots have these clever holes and some only have a few small ones in the wrong places, these last ones are better left alone, because it is asking for trouble! To help the excess water out off all my pots (it rains a lot in Holland) I use a very loose soil mixture: akadama, kiryu and bims (a porous lava stone product). The absence of any decaying organic material in this soil mixture also prevents the change of root rot! My pots are filled with first a layer off large particles on the bottom, than a layer off smaller particles and that is all topped off with a layer off finner particles. In a deep pot I will fill the bottom of the pot with a thicker layer off those larger particles, but the rest off the pot is filled just like the others.
But, and this is a important point in my part of the world, you have to check every bonsai in your collecting regularly if no excess water stays behind in the pots after watering or rain! I have found out the hard way that a few of my Bonsai stayed waterlogged to long after watering or rain, even some with giant holes in their pots. Even the ones that were re potted that same year stayed just a few months later full off water after watering (Acer buergerianum, Acer palmatum, Punica granatum, Pottentilla fruticosa, Prunus spinosa! The pots, mostly shallow ones or shohin sized, were simply filed up with new roots and water took a long time to get trough the partly blocked draining holes. So knowing this now, I tilt those badly draining pots/bonsai manually so that the excess water can run out over the rim off the pot! It takes me some extra time in the morning, but it has to be don, and I will repot them next season and cut back the excess roots again! I would not have noticed this sneaky problem, if I would not have checked my Bonsai regularly after watering! It was a root rot tragedy in the making! So check your own Bonsai after watering or rain and you will probably be surprised how much Bonsai/pots have this problem. If not, well now you know for sure that everything is OK in that department, so thats a good thing! Wink
Anyway..... to make a long story even longer......nob it is fine like this! Wink
Hope this answered some of your questions?!

Cheers,
Hans van Meer.


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Post  Hans van Meer. on Sat Oct 20, 2012 12:34 am

vivian wrote:nice tree !

Thanks Vivian!

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Post  Fore on Sat Oct 20, 2012 6:31 pm

Thanks Hans, that very much helped! I haven't seen pots with bottoms like you described, but it's a great idea! I have a couple developing cascades, but are still in bulb pots so I haven't gotten to the point of planting them in deeper bonsai pots yet. I was guessing that in the bottom layer of larger aggregate/particle size was important, and maybe you just used say 1/3 the depth of the pot to be filled with the larger particles so that there's less substrate and easier to dry out. Careful monitoring of water intake and retention I see are very important...again, Thanks for the long explanation Hans!
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Post  my nellie on Sun Oct 28, 2012 2:52 pm

It's indeed indispensable this kind of help (question/answer)!
It adds on so much knowledge!
Thank you Hans!

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