Bonsai and pots in the heat

These warm summer days (that we are not blessed with too often this summer), it is important to provide some partial shade for especially smaller bonsai. Small shohin bonsai are easily dried out during a warm day, and partial shade in the middle of the day is essential in midd summer. Use a net for…

The smaller they get

One of my favourite trees for bonsai is Trident maples. Acer buergerianum leaves have a special delicate and sharp form that I appreciate. Add to this the summer green freshness and  golden fall colours. At the moment the Trident maple stands 11 cm in height. This will not last forever though, because it will outgrow the…

Tokonoma and Tsukubai

The summer holidays are used to build up the new bonsai garden, after we moved here half a year ago. At the moment I am building an outdoor Tokonoma for bonsai displaying. Not only for the cause of visitors but also for my own sake. It heightens the aesthetic value and appreciation of a bonsai…

Albek Bonsai hjemmeside

Morten Albek genoptager sin hjemmeside på dansk / New Morten Albek bonsai website in Danish Efter at jeg en årrække udelukkende har skrevet om bonsai på engelsk, genoptager jeg min danske side. Her vil mange af de artikler jeg normalt skriver på engelsk på http://www.shohinblog.com komme i en dansk version – plus andet. Du kan…

Zelkova and sacrifice branches

A middle-sized bonsai pre-worked. This is the early stages of a Zelkova serrata I have been growing in the ground for some years to mature. Last year it was potted into a container, and now it is time to start some early stages of work. Making use of sacrifice branches is an important technique to…

Cotoneaster training on a rainy day

On a rainy summer day like today, it is nice to bring in a bonsai to work on. This Cotoneaster microphylla was dug up three years ago as a small shrub. At the same time I managed to save a larger one too. I will show that one later on. It was pruned heavily, and last…

Summer holidays with bonsai

Finally it is summer holidays. This also means time to continue the gardening and shaping the bonsai area. Here a small view of today.

Bonsai garden shaping

The bonsai garden progresses, and most tables are now established. Next step is building an outdoor Tokonoma (niche for bonsai displaying), establishing also a Tsukubai and refine the paths i.e. Works is taking most of my time right now, so I look forward to the holidays in July, so I can proceed with the garden….