Our visit to Jean-Paul Polmans garden.

Andys shohin bonsai

After the fun of the Noelanders weekend we left on the Monday morning for Jean-Paul Polmans garden just a 15 minute drive from Gent. Not knowing what to expect from the garden we entered through the car port and faced with a bueautiful garden layout very much in the japanese theme. The whole layout and attention to detail is so well done.

The garden is divided in half and the display benches are in the second half along with a huge work room and a covered section with large pot rack behind.

So many outstanding trees that I would love to have taken home. A huge thank…

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One to One: Zelkova

I helped out with the development of this Zelkova on Friday night. The owner has just bought the tree and wanted to get it moving in the right direction. I know this tree well and have seen it pass through the hands of 2 other club members over the years. It originally came into Northern Ireland from Japan back in 2002 I think. Below is it when it can in and also sitting on the bench in the background in the nursery in Japan.


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This is the tree now. It’s had an up and down life here. After some great work early on it went through a period of neglect due to the owners personal circumstances. At one point near death, it was bought by another friend of mine who did a great job of getting it back to full health. Many of the original branches had died and in some places new branches have started to develope.


It has a great nebari, probably the best feature of the tree, and some very old bark on the trunk showing the age of the tree.


Although the image as it sits now looked good from a distance, there was a lot of issues with heavy branches high up the tree, new thin branches lower down that need to be grown on to fatten, and some ugly pruning wounds that need reduced now. We picked a slightly different front that the last owner to improve the trunk line and taper.


This is it after pruning and reduction of wounds, Some branches have been left uncut to allow extension and thickening.


And this it it after some wiring to reposition branches. Still a way to go with this one but give it 5 years of good care and it will be a very nice tree.


Also done in the same session was this little Shohin Japanese Maple. It needed a repot and into something a little larger to allow for development.



This Shohin Korean Hornbeam also got a repot and a serious thinning out of the foliage too. Sorry no before photo. Typical of mass produced imported material but with some effort I think it can make a nice image.


For anyone interested in a one to one, click on the tab at the top.

Rusty Bonsai Tools and Tiger Stripes

Adam's Art and Bonsai Blog

Do you guys remember the tool from this post?IMG_0869
Well, I got some advice as to how to get rid of the rust on it from a reddit reader (/u/TotaLibertarian) using an uncommon (and when I say that I mean totally common) substance.
It is suffice to say that my curiosity was piqued.
I did some investerating and research.
I combed over blogs and forums.
I wiki’d and googled until my eyes were crossed.

Then I experimented. First I sanded all the rust….

…. Both off the knife and also on a pair of root cutters.

Knife above, cutters below.

The rust on the cutters wasn’t too bad, it just kept coming back no matter how much I oiled it.

Next, the chemical….

After making a salad (with a little oil, salt and pepper) I put the two tools into a…

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