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Walter Pall’s Embarrassment of Bonsai Riches – Stone Lantern


“What a monument of naturalistic bonsai artwork you will have Walter – a charismatic ajan spruce —- like a stroll in a microcosm of enchanted bushes – a spot to linger for a fraction of eternity” This quote is by Frank Krawiecki from the feedback about this tree seems on fb. It’s an previous (estimated over 300 years) Ezo spruce (Picea jezoensis) that was initially collected in Japan. The synthetic rock is by Avicenna. 

Walter Pall’s bonsai assortment is so wealthy, assorted and astoundingly quite a few, that we might characteristic certainly one of his bonsai every single day for a yr and nonetheless have solely scratched the floor. All this with out sacrificing any high quality. Not even one whit.

Virtually all of Walter’s bushes fall into what you would possibly name Naturalistic bonsai. A time period used for bonsai that appear to be they’ve been barely touched by human palms, despite the fact that this pure look requires a excessive diploma of talent and human involvement with the whole course of. Particularly within the case of the fine quality bushes proven right here. Or actually, proven wherever you discover Walter’s bushes.


The opposite facet, this time with a gray backdrop.

There might be little question that Walter likes spruce and ditto right here, particularly Walter’s spruce. On this case, it’s a Picea abies (Norway or European spruce). This picture seems in Bonsai At present concern 106 (Nov/Dec 2006). 

Talking of Walter Pall and Bonsai At present journal, right here’s Walter’s naturalistic Scot’s pine on the quilt of concern 104. Sadly, each 104 and 106 (see above) are offered out. However the excellent news is that we nonetheless have fairly a couple of again points in inventory.

We’ve been that includes Walter’s bonsai for over ten years and I’m fairly positive that is the primary tropical number of his we’ve seen. One factor that stands out about this tree is how pure it seems to be. Extra like a tree than a bonsai, which is one thing Walter would possibly say. This picture is from Walter’s fb timeline.

This Grape vine (Vitis vinifera) was initially collected in a winery in Croatia. It’s round 40 years previous and stands 55 cm excessive (approx 22”).

A small piece of Walter’s backyard taken this August.

A large naturalistic Trident maple that was initially imported as uncooked materials from Korea. The pot is by Tom Benda.

Pure and relaxed. This one has Walter’s naturalistic type written throughout it. Listed below are some specs (from Walter’s web site): Norway spruce. 75 cm excessive. Round 150 years previous. Pot by Derek Aspinall. From a tree which was collected in Switzerland in 1998.

This European beech (Fagus sylvatica) was collected in Germany in 1995. It’s 50cm excessive ( about 20”) and its estimated age is round 70 The pot is by Lubos Skoda.

I’m undecided you’d see this tree in a high flight bonsai present. It’s too tough and the branches want a while to catch as much as the trunk. Nonetheless, if you happen to put apart preconceptions, Walter does it good with this Japanese maple’s scarred previous trunk and its contrasting easy flowing motion. 

Simply rediscovered this in Walter’s fb pictures from final winter. Additionally found that I had left a remark on the time… “So pure… a present!” There’s no info with the picture (if you happen to needed to work your approach again by way of Walter’s timeline, you would possibly discover it). It seems to be like a single species Spruce forest with bushes of various ages, however that’s only a guess.

FInally, an ideal tree enhanced by a beautiful Lubos Skoda pot. It’s Mugo pine (the tree, not the pot) that Walter says is about 100 years previous. It was collected in Austria in 1995. It’s 40 cm excessive (about 16”).

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