The Bonsai Blog of Wolfgang Putz

“OPEN DAY” in my bonsai garden

Filed under: Uncategorized — July 29, 2007 @ 4:58 am

On Saturday (28th July 2007) i invited the big “bonsai family” to my garden.


About ~250 bonsai friends from Austria, Germany, Czech Rebublic, Poland, Switzerland, Croatia and Slovakia came to my garden.  :o)

Walter Pall´s “tree discussion” was really perfect! - As ever.



The parking area in front of my garden was ful - the whole day. 


“Wolfgang, if you have some problems with your yamadori spruce, i´ll bring the tree to my garden!?”  ;o) 


“Oh no, Walter, but here´s a present for you: 20 pound of your favorite potatoes from Upper Austria and one yamadori pine from Finland!” 

Thanks very much to Walter & all my guests! 

Maybe we´ll see again in my bonsai garden in 2 or 3 years …….

interesting perennials for accent planting - part 4

Filed under: Uncategorized — July 17, 2007 @ 2:56 am

Astilbe spec.

This group of plants consists of more than 30 species, found from the Himalayas to Japan and in the Atlantic side of North America. They like a sunny location or maybe halfshade and rich, peaty, dump soil. - Dwarfed species are:

0816200605astilbe-chin-pum.jpg Astilbe chinensis pumila with light pink flowers,

0816200606astilbe-perkeo.jpg  Astilbe X crispa ‘Perkeo’ with violet-pink flowers and wrinkled leaves,

 0816200603astilbe-glaberrim.jpg  Astilbe glabberima var. saxatile with light pink flowers and

0816200604astilbe-simplicif.jpg  Astilbe glabberima ‘Sprite’ with white flowers.

Also very nice is a combination with >

0816200601astilbe-equisetum.jpg  Astilbe chinensis and Equisetum scirpoides. Hope you´ll like it!? - Enjoy!

The “production” of the worlds greatest Pinus cembra schnapps …

Filed under: Uncategorized — June 17, 2007 @ 1:09 am

Well known by bonsai friends from all over the world ist my PINUS CEMBRA SCHNAPPS. - I´ll tell you some secrets of the recipe of this schnapps.  ;o)

zirben00.jpg   zirben01.jpg

The pinus cembra pine is growing in the Swiss, South Tyrol (Italy) and Austrian alps.

zirben02.jpg   zirben03.jpg  zirben04.jpg

I take the fresh cones from the trees (that´s the hardest part of making the Zirben schnapps…), cut them in small slices …..

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…. and put it into big glasses with sugar and korn schnapps (38% alcohol). The cones are about 12 - 15 days in the corn schnapps on a sunny place in the garden (i take the green house) and give the korn schnapps the typical red color and the wonderful taste of pines. After filtrating you have to put the schnapps into the dark cellar for ~ 1 year. - Some of my *friends* say you will get blind from this schnapps. - I think it´s the BEST schnapps for bonsai collectors.  ;o))


                                                CHEERS !!  :o)

zirben08.jpg (John Roehl)                     zirben09.jpg (Hans van Meer)

zirben11.jpg (Walter & Christine)        zirben10.jpg (Tony Tickle)

flowering Azaleas in my bonsai garden …

Filed under: Uncategorized — May 28, 2007 @ 2:12 pm

ENJOY!  :o)

Ficus nerifolia

Filed under: Uncategorized — May 5, 2007 @ 3:29 am

This shohin Ficus nerifolia was a present by Suthin Sukosolvisit from Boston i got in June 2005 after the 5th WBC in Washington.

I did work on the branches last year and repot the tree a few weeks ago.

Now i´m waiting for new leaves ….. >  

update: 11th June  >   

24th June  >  

Flowering Wisteria

Filed under: Uncategorized — April 28, 2007 @ 11:34 pm

Wisteria chinensis / 60cm tall

pot: Josef Mairhofer from Tyrol / Austria

ENJOY!  :o)

Development of my European larch - called “THE SNAKE”

Filed under: Uncategorized — March 6, 2007 @ 1:10 pm

I found this tree in spring 1997 (1st picture form summer 1998) and did call it because of the trunk movement “THE SNAKE”.
First styling in 2003 / repotting in 2004 (ants did “work” in the rootball) / new pot in 2005 …

virtual by my bonsai buddy Albin Painer



Which pot do you prefer?? (I´ll repot this spring …)

(1st pot from Silvia Weber from Germany / 2nd pot from Jozef Valuch from Czech Republic)

I did use the pot from Silvia Weber (17th March 2007):

interesting perennials for accent planting - part 3

Filed under: Uncategorized — February 4, 2007 @ 11:01 am

Pleione limprichtii

This low Orchids (15 species), that are growing on the ground, come from the Himalaja, China and Taiwan and grow delicate leaves out of ‘pseudobulbs’ and considerable, mostly solitary flowers. The only more or less hardy specie is Pleione limprichtii (syn. P. bulbocodioides). In April/May it flowers with beautiful, up to 3″ wide viloet-pink flowers and is able to stay outside with some shelter (no wet feet) during the winter. - When the Pleione is in an accent pot, you better overwinter it without frost and cold in a basement or a greenhouse.


pot from Dan Barton

Development of another European larch from my collection

Filed under: Uncategorized — January 26, 2007 @ 6:05 am

This was the first yamadori i collected in the Austrian alps.
I found the larch (Larix decidua) - after a very long winter with more than 450cm snow in the alps - very late at the end of June 1995.
The tree is 85cm tall, has a very good trunk movement and a great & very old looking bark.
I was not very happy with the position of the branches so i started to restyle the tree in December 2006.
A new pot - like this one from Horst Heinzlreiter (Austria) - will be perfect for my larch.

The pictures are from: 1995, 1996, 2000, 2002 and 2006


interesting perennials for accent planting - part 2

Filed under: Uncategorized — January 19, 2007 @ 7:18 am

Hosta spec.

The more than 40 species of Hosta, which can be found in Asia, are so far subdivided in more than 3500 different, registered varieties.

Hostas grow as tuftlike bushes with leaves coming out of the ground, which differ in shape and colour: from slender to long and expanded, heart-like or more rounded, in green, blue and also with yellow and white stripes. The flowers used to grow high up from the bushes and their colors are violet, blue or white.

They love peaty and well draining soil and a place covered against wind in halfshade. If they are watered regularly, they don’t worry about a bit more sun.

Their special qualities are the wonderful leaves and the beautiful flowers, and because of that they have been known in Japan as garden plants for centuries and collected by enthusiasts, especially in the USA, intensively.

The only real problem is that snails love Hostas. - But that shouldn’t keep you away from using this wonderful perennial in your garden.

To be planted in accent pots the dwarfed varieties are more interesting:

Absolutely fantastic varieties are (dwarfed and with colored leaves) ‘Little Wonder’, ‘Catillian’, ‘Kabitan’, ‘Masquerade’, ‘Little White Lines’, ‘Ginko Craig’, Alan P. McConell’, ‘Green Eyes’, ‘Rheingold’ etc. But some other Varieties with leaves in one colour look good. -With green leaves there are i.e. Hosta venusta, Hosta kikutti, ‘Laura’, Kifukurin’, ‘Japangirl’, ‘Maegi Kifukurin Akikaze’, ‘Japanboy’ etc. - With yellow leaves there are ‘Hydon Sunset’, Feather Boa’, ‘Laterna Magica’…… and with silver leaves are ‘Gray Beauty’, ‘Popo’ ……’Snowflakes’ shows wonderful, pure white flowers.

The following Hostas are:
White Christmas
Remember Me
Little Aurora
Blue Mouse Ears
Yellow Splash Rim
Crachers Crumb
Shiny Penny
Thumb Nail
Gold Drop
Little Wonder

The accent pots are from Cecilia & Dan Barton (G.B.),
Ingrid Kralovec and Horst Heinzlreiter (both from Austria).