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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.

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