Hi followers of this blog and more! I tend to work on the ‘virtual’ side of bonsai and yamadori when I am not working on the ‘real’ side… so I am sorry that its been a wee bit quiet here! RIGHT NOW I am in the thick of collecting Prunus Spinosa and Crateagus. I have collected a LARGE amount trees in the last 10 days, and my farmer friend brought his tractor to help remove this big tree! (that’s cost another bottle of wine!) have been very busy potting up. I have almost finished my Poly Tunnel, all it requires is a warm day (expected soon) and the plastic will be going on. So watch this space and expect a flood of trees soon.
I have collected Yamadori throughout Europe but one of the craziest adventures was with Pavel Slovak, his son Kuba and two of Pavels friends. The ‘walk’ in to the collecting site took THREE HOURS! and we climbed over 1,200 metres. But it was NOT the climbing that I had to watch out for it was the Bears and Wolves.
The trip was very successful bagging 10 trees… but it was exhausting. I reported from the top on one of the mountains that we climbed… and from the top of a tree so that I could get a better look at the view.
After climbing the tree I was told how foolish I was because Bears climb trees… as once you are up a tree you have nowhere to ‘run’ 😦
Collecting a Huge Yamadori Hawthorn in the mountains, this tree is the largest I have collected to date, I had the help of two guys Matt Addie and Steve (Harleyrider) Jackson… the hardest part was getting off the hill as it was quite perilous.