…and sping is yet not here!!

Schonbühl at 25.03.2013
Can you belive it!! This morning there was snow on the ground, again! It’s grey, it’s cold, it’s muddy, it’s…. well, you tell me! How is the weather in your country.

God start in the week

…love, Melanie!

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1° Livello, 2a sessione

The second session (2a sessione) of my ongoing goal was held in March the 9-10  at the Bonsai University in Milan, Italy.

Theorie:
root pruning and depotting
styling and development of deciduous

Practice:
spring maintenence work
depotting project no.1
project no.2: styling a deciduous tree from nursery stock

Over the years, I participated at different workshops but was very disappointed with some, mostly because of the lack of quality. My intention was to archive more knowledge about bonsai and bonsai care in general. My intention was to achieve more knowledge about bonsais and bonsai care in general. At the end of the day I generally drove home with a new plant but without learning something I didn’t know already.

Not at the Università del Bonsai!! The quality of information you archive only by the theory is massive. For example: did you know that the roots you see are not really the roots that nourish the plant? Or that is better to do a soft depotting without remove lot of soil or worse hosing the tree? Or that you always have to respect the fullness of the plant? Well this and lot’s of other questions ware answered on this session.

This are the kind of workshopt/courses I really appreciate.

We had to spring prune, root prune and depotting a maple, but instead we worked on a olive, witch ist not quite the same but give the same satisfactions. I was very pleased with the result I archived on my little tree.

What do you think?

The front

I have chossen this side for my front because the trunk seems very old and because the nebari is nicer.

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This is the back. As you can see the nebari is not as good as the front size.

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This is the position I have chosen for my litte Olive tree

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This is the final result.

Have a nice day

…love, Melanie!!

Charge your iPhone with a Bonsai

droppedImageIn the current issue of Bonsai-Art I saw this little gadget and thought to myself what a wonderful idea.  This little Bonsai is 40cm in height and has 27 photovoltaic panels that charge the solar energy in a battery hidden in the base (or should I say pot?). Once charged, this accumulator feeds a USB port. Isn’t that nice to have a Bonsai that can charge your cell phone?
This little Bonsai has been created by Vivien Muller and you can find more information on the electree site.

What do you think?

… love, Melanie!!!

Let’s go eat japanese

Kabuki, Japanese Restaurant located in the center of the Swiss capital

Is always very refreshing to see that a small japanese restaurant runs well. The Kabuki in Bern is one of those. I love this small little restaurant, very bright, cozy and clear.  The girls speak a swiss language with a strong asiatic accent, and the cook are real charming and handsome. If you are in the Swiss capital and you would love to eat japanese go and visit this lovely place.

…love, Melanie!

Sweet little stuff

I am following lots of japanese themed blog at the moment and some of theme review or blog about japanese item witch are not so easy to find in Switzerland.
Like every girl I love small little things, and Japan is famose for this kind of stuff. Furtunatly for me one of them wrote about egg-shaper that can be purchased at Tschibo.
It happens that Tschibo has also stores in my city, so the next day I buyed some of those little-sweet-egg-beautification-stuff!

Tschibo Egg stuff

…. love, Melanie!