I know many do remove the autumn leaves before they drop. I do not. For the obvious reason that the tree needs all the back flow of nutrients it can get before going into dormancy. It is a natural process, where the decaying leafs turns off their photosynthesis as days gets shorter and colder. Nutrients flow back and are stored for the following spring in stem, trunk and roots. There the stored nutrients will change their balance of frost protection for variations in temperatures during the cold period, and when spring arrives they will be activated and be the first gasoline for a fresh start of a new seasons growth.
Removing leafs before time, is therefore a little too hasty in the wish of getting trees nice and tidy for the winter, taking away the last feed for wintertime.
I clean of the withered leaves from the pot surfaces and benches when they are dropped, too avoid pests and fungus. But not before. Only trees that do not drop there leaves when they are entirely brown and dead, are cut off, for the same reasons. Beech for example keeps most of their leaves on during winter, but that is not necessary when overwintered as bonsai in a protected place, away from snow and cold sallow winds.
Always make an autumn clean up, to secure the health of the trees, but in time – not before time.
Returning to China. From Dec. 7 to 11, 2017, China Penjing Artists Association will be holding “China National Exhibition for Penjing Artists” in Rugao city, Jiangsu Province, China. I will participate with a bonsai demonstration, and I am actually quite exhited to
It is remarkable what happens in China these years at the Penjing/Bonsai scene, and I am proud to be part of it. A report will, of course, be published later when I am back.
Autumn is one of my favourite times of the year. Despite rainy periods, there is a certain mood about it. Mornings with the smell of wet soil, mushrooms in between the garden trees and leafs turning their colours into traditional brown, red and yellowish warm colours.
It is nature and some times you have to go indoors when it gets too windy and too wet at once. I am currently working on some major changes regarding my bonsai life, and I look forward to announce it some weeks ahead. It takes place in the shelter of the house, and I really look forward to tell more later. Stay tuned. Cliffhanger intended. 🙂
I am sorry (and glad of course) that my Shohin-bonsai book is sold out, and not is available anymore.
It has been printed in a good quantity and the success of it makes me happy. I know it is used at a regular basis by shohin enthusiasts I have met around the world. Thanks for your always kind support.
I regularly get requests, but it is not reprinted.
Instead I will be announcing news about a replacement for you who wants more information and knowledge, about not only shohin-bonsai but also medium sized bonsai i.e.
All that at a later time. Stay tuned, and read the blog here, where news will be sometime published next year.
The Shohin book may still be found at some local bonsai shops. I discovered it at two shops last Noelanders event in Belgium. See you there, were you can stumble into me and hear more about my new project that is in the planning these months.
It´s summer time, and the Danish summer behaves as it sometimes does. It rains. It rains. And it rains.
Not much sun lately, but temperatures are alright. It might not be good for humans who wants to enjoy holidays by relaxing in the garden with the sun shining, enjoying the bonsai, eating diner outside – but is surely good weather for the plants. Days shifting between a little sun and then rain to nurse the foliage. Trees are clearly growing good, and benefits from this kind of weather. And there is a special mood in a garden after a night with summer rain that one can enjoy. Waiting for sun though. 😉