I've collected a new blackthorn by the sea. It had been butchered by people clearing the beach.
There isn't much taper to the trunk, but it has a sort of pollarded look.
The middle stem is dead (from previous clearings), the three remaining crudely chopped of, but there are buds appearing.
With blackthorn you never really know what you'll find in the ground. Some have no fine roots at all, they are just shoots from thick roots, some seem to be more of a motherplant. This one had quite a lot of finer roots so I think it will take.
Height 45 cm.
European spruce (Picea abies) This spruce has a lot of potential I think, but I don't really know what to do with it. The natural jin is very dominant. Should I reduce it or should I wait until the live stem thickens and grows. This would create balance too. Collected summer 2012. Height 70 cm.
I'm building a wooden greenhouse in my garden, and this sumac needed to be removed. It was about 2m 30 cm. Now about 50cm. Seems to have taken well. This is probably not the best species for bonsai but i'll give it try.
The shari was created by scraping. With the lawnmower.
These were collected from a nearby pasture where the farmers recently had cleared a corner from what appeares to have been a dense shrubbery of blackthorn. I gathered some that lay scattered on the ground.
Heights 20-30 cm.
Having recently become interested in the art of bonsai I have collected a number of trees, maybe 20, of various ages and species.
This blog is meant to give me a way to keep record of my trees and document their growth.
Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa)
This Prunus spinosa was collected late summer 2012. I didn't manage to get a lot of fine roots but in a couple of weeks it started back budding all over. My plan as of now is to sweep the branches back to the left to balance the trunk. Overall lengt 45 cm.