Sunday, June 10, 2007

Visiting Karl Thier in Austria - part 2

A potentilla with an amazing trunk, which was about as thick as a human arm. Karl told me that this comes originally from the garden of the castle of Belvedere where he has been working for some time and has swapped it for an other tree.

A beautiful wild pear literati with an interesting, twisted trunk.

A nice small black pine (Pinus nigra).

One of Karl's most amazing black pines. Look at that trunk taper! It has developed like this naturally, no large cut is seen on the trunk. And the bark is amazing, too!

An other nice black pine. My friend Sándor is contemplating the trees.

A row of top quality pines.

A nice japanese maple from the sales section.

A row from Karl's own collection.

A nice hornbeam with a great nebari.

The garden.

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Saturday, June 9, 2007

Visiting Karl Thier in Austria - part 1

Last weekend Karl and Sylvia Thier have organized a "day of the open door" at their place near Wien, Austria. Karl has kindly invited me so my friend Sándor and I have set off to visit his "Bonsaiwerkstatt".
Karl has an amazing collection of pines from the Alps which he has collected himself and also a collection of deciduous trees which he has mostly collected in Hungary. Sylvia takes care of the ficus trees and other indoor bonsai.
We have discussed about the (sad) state of bonsai in Hungary and Austria and talked about possibilities of some kind of cooperation.

Here are some shots from the collection.

Karl's large hornbeam forest, much discussed at IBC here. The two large trees had amazing nebaris and trunks.

A korean hornbeam from the sales section.

A platanus with a nice nebari and characteristic colorful trunk. This tree still has some time to go developing a branch structure, but I have liked it a lot.

I will post some more pictures later...


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