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söndag 19 juli 2015

This year's vacation tree pictures...

 I have to follow my habit to look at trees as soon as I'm away from home! This time I have been to an area close to the Swedish high mountains.  (Hornavan-Sädvajaure.)   (My friends were mostly interested in fishing, while I was looking at trees and plants...)

There were some really old  pines, and they were all covered with these brown hanging lichens.

This pine is not only old - it's dead... But you can see how powerful it has been once.

The spruces in this area are tall straight with extremely short branches in the top. This way they protect themselves from being harmed by heavy snow in the winter.

Then there were the birch forests, the willows...
- and the mosquitos...
 Compare the look of these dwarfed birches with the proud ones along the birch avenue in my home area!


Menyanthes trifoliata


måndag 13 juli 2015

Kan man använda vide som bonsai?

July: The mosquitoes have come, it's difficult to be outside, I hate it.

The picture above is some sort of  a willow. Maybe it's not a perfect tree for bonsai, but guess what. I have discovered that there are hardly no perfect trees for bonsai. There are trees that work well for some people, but not for somebody else. There are trees that work well in one climate, but not in another.

For example, this willow has the negative characteristic that some branches always die in winter. (People usually say that about birch, but it isn't true for my birch!)
In return, the willow can stand the temperatures of this north Swedish climate, because it is totally native! It is now green and fresh.

Here is the opposite:

- My japanese maples. They were so green and vital in spring when I had them inside the house. They had survived the rat-attac and started to grow vigorously. Then  I took them outside, and carried them inside every evening - until I decided summer had come and didn't want to carry pots in any more. Maybe we had summer according to the calender, but the temperature dropped to below zero one night and the leaves were destroyed on these trees. They probably think autumn has come and will not produce any new leaves this year ??? Except for these small reddish ones you can see...

So these maples may be perfect for bonsai - but not for me.