Sunday, April 18, 2010

Org Exley visits Rustenburg Bonsai Kai

Org evaluating this Olea africana. this yamadori will lend itself to a nice literati style.

Cutting and grinding away everything that is not part of this tree.

Working on the nebari.

Very handy with his die-grinder.

Closeup of the deadwood.

Preliminary work on the tree done. Building the pads would be the next step.

Thanks Org for a very informative demonstration- we have learned a lot about carving and the literati style.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Root over rock demonstration by Pieter du Plessis.

The root over rock tree above is a world renowned Ficus Sycamores by Charles Ceronio.

Here follows the root over rock series done by Pieter. He plants the trees/cuttings/seeds he wants to use in 60-90cm plastic drain pipes to develop as long roots as possible. When he removes them he wash of all the soil (one third gravel, one third garden loam and one third compost) and wrap the tree in wet newspapers to keep the roots moist. He emphasize to place the rocks as found in nature and to find a natural hollow where a seed would have germinated as in nature.
The one root into a groove.

He doesn't use the plastic wrap or foil method- the roots are pushed into the grooves by elastic bands and cable ties.

Polystyrene, rubber bands and cable ties to push the roots as close as possible to the rocks.

Cable ties are used to pull the polystyrene as tight as possible.

Some more cable ties.

Putting the rock in a plastic container and filling it up with the above mentioned soil mix.

....and lastly he uses a plastic piece of lining to fill it up further. After six weeks he will remove the plastic to expose the roots gradually. After a year the roots will be fully exposed.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

African bonsai trees and others at BRAT meeting.

Taxodium distichum (Baldcypress, Bald Cypress, or Swamp Cypress
Olea var. africana
Ficus salicafolia
Celtis africana
Buddleja saligna
Buddleja saligna
Ficus Burtt-davyi
Olea var. africana

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Members show at agricultural show.

Olea africana
Duranata and Buddleja
Ficus Burttdavey

Olea forest


Tuesday, April 21, 2009

What are you working on for the show?

Buxus sempervirens

Ficus Burkey

Olea Africana

Adansonia digitata

Olea Africana, Buddlja Saligna and Carissa edulis.

Juniper Procumbes "Nana"

Buddlja Saligna

The blind Koos Robbertse seeing with his hands


Ficus Burtt-Davey "Nana"

Members talking about bonsai.

Ficus Burtt- Davey "Nana"

Ficus Benjamina "Wiandi"