Fraxinus No.2 "Jan"

Couple of days ago new pot appeared in my garden. Looking at it I had an idea I could have tree for it. So I took this ash tree from the shelf and looked how it will look like. Tree was taken out from previous chinese pot and roots were examined. Some minor editing to the root ball were necessary and tree fitted quite well. I used fresh moss to protect roots and keep them moist. Few days later it was good light to take decent pictures. You can see the result for yourself. There is plenty of posts about this tree here on my blog, but short summary - tree was collected from wild in Spring 2010, so naw in its 7th season in my garden. 

As you may know I try to name some of my better trees. I have a feeling this tree deserves name already. So,  I'm using this event of moving tree to new pot to baptize it to "Jan", after one special person in my personal life. 

New pot from Tomas Snovicky
Usual substrate preparation, mix of Zeoilite, Terramol and rough peat, Osmocote fertiliser into mix. Ready to go. 

Rough peat, in our part of the world referred also as lithuanian peat. Soaked in bucket and only floating parts used for substrate. 

In one of the spring post about ash I was reporting about shortening of the two thick roots. Both done well and new roots appeared from around the cut. 
Current front

Back side, not bad either

2010 - 2017 in one picture. 
There will be autumn foliage soon but, tree is still green as one of the last in my garden. I wait for yellow foliage, and then I'm curious how the tree developed structure this season. Pictures will follow obviously. 

Carpinus betulus "Vincent's forest" in autumn colors

I took some time and removed already dry leaves. Took few pictures to catch autumn appearance. 

You can imagine this is heavy as hell and hard to carry. So I avoid carrying it to my usual photo places. I liked october colors so I took couple of crappy pictures on bench, which is suboptimal at best but enough to document the process.  

October 12th

October 12th

Prunus spinosa in autumn colors

Meteorologists are predicting an end to the Indian summer in our area very soon. We can expect temperature drop and strong winds since tomorrow. It means, most of the leaves will go. Therefore I took few pictures of this prunus today. Weather was so kind to us this autumn. We had very little wind during last few weeks, mild temperatures, no night frost yet. If we had experienced some of this kind of harsh weather all leaves will be down in one night while still green. So, I treat this colored sloe as gift of autumn. I feared leaves will drop when moving tree to usual photo place, so I just moved it on stand next to the shelf. I enjoy it a lot. Hope you will enjoy it as well. Have a nice weekend. 


Quercus pubescens No.4

Few weeks ago I aquired couple of pots from Tomas Snovicky. One of them was standing on shelf waiting for right tree. This oak needed reporting long time ago, but honestly there was no good pot in spring and no time at all. So few days ago I took oak from old plastic pot where it was for few years already. I removed very little roots and fixed tree into this new ceramic pot. I wait until late spring 2018 and then do a root work again and plant it deeper and probably decrease inclination of the tree. 

I've Kept On Blogging for Few Years And This Happened...

Do you know that using this kind of blog title will help You gain much more traffic on your blog? Seriously, people are just curious. So what happened, huh?

Well, just wanted to share with my regular visitors and friends that my blog passed 500 000 view mark this week. It is not precise, and a lot of this traffic is artificial from various dubious sources. Anyway, it is clear there are some visitors. few guys created web called feedspot (see badge on bottom right of my page) where they tra to rang various blogs from all around the world. Among bonsai blogs my blog is ranked 38 currently. Thanks for that as well.  

During my youth, in University campus, we used every good opportunity to celebrate. We were celebrating all regular state holidays, all catholic holidays and all important memorial days. Basically, we used any possibility to procrastinate and discuss useless crap sitting in cheap pubs drinking few pints of (usually) rubbish beer. Hell Yeah, that was great times I tell you. 

So, even if reaching half milion views on counter is irrelevant, let's use this moment to celebrate according to good old tradition.

I know a lot of regular visitors by name and I really appreciate your loyalty and feedback you provide me. Thank you guys. 
For all of you, regular visitors who are not bloggers, I would like to clarify one thing for you. We, bloggers, need your feedback. If you really care to see any new content, give authors feedback. Like it, share it, write few words in comments section. All this counts. Trust me. 
This are no easy times for bloggers, you know. When I started to do my blog, Facebook and Twitter were small kids. Times have changed. There are a lot of different platforms where bonsai content is available right now. YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram, reddit name it. On other hand, I have seen so many blogs die during last few years. It is natural because, honestly, it is not trivial task to create content, continuously, month by month, year by year. So a lot of guys just quit, or moved to different platforms. 

New technologies and ever faster net are tools to share more and more data. So we keep seeing more pictures and more videos. Im curious where we will be in ten years time. Maybe all blogs will be dead already overpowered by some new platforms. Who knows.

For now I'm here, staying and currently eager to create new content. Hope to create valid, informative, sometimes provocative posts about those few trees I have. I'm thinking about creating video posts in future, but not decided yet definitely. It will require a lot of time, new tools etc. But honestly, I think without video parts blogs will have problem. Anyway, I'm curious what do you think about it. 

So Big Thank You To All Once Again.

Me with Yossarian about week ago. Journey continues. 


Elm ground layering