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#31 steeldrifter

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Posted 31 August 2018 - 01:59 PM

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#32 mikechell

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Posted 31 August 2018 - 04:08 PM

Welcome back from "work oblivion".  A few people were wondering where you disappeared to.

 

Looks like a good first attempt at jinning.  I sure hope that tree makes it through and recovers.  It's got some serious potential to be a showpiece.


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#33 steeldrifter

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Posted 31 August 2018 - 07:52 PM

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Not quite done yet but practiced a bit more on the 2nd of the $17 yews I bought last week. Been fun playing around with something new the past few days but gotta get back to some real work now tomorrow :(

 

Thanks Mike, I like that first one myself quite a bit. The base on that one has some really nice potential to it.


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#34 mikechell

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Posted 31 August 2018 - 08:47 PM

This one does, too.  Both of those can turn out to be centerpieces to any forest.

 

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#35 steeldrifter

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Posted 31 August 2018 - 09:01 PM

This one was really odd at first. I dunno if you have ever bought nursery stock like this when you use to be into bonsai but normally on nursery stock the actual base/nebari is buried under about 3" of soil. Thats to be expected with nurseries so when I was at the garden center I dug down about 3" and found what I thought was a twin trunk style all the way to the base. Wasn't till I got it out of the pot that I found this one's base was actually buried under about 10" of soil and it was a single trunk. The soil was so high it actually had roots coming out of the base of the twin trunk section which I had to clean up. I don't think I have ever seen one buried in THAT much soil blink.png

 

Headed to a "real" bonsai nursery about an hour away later next week. The guy that owns it is holding a really nice bald cypress for me that is gonna be an awesome tree in a few years. At the moment it is about 28" tall and has a trunk that is a good 4-5" dia with a 6" nebari spread. Can't wait to pick that up and start working on it.


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Posted 01 September 2018 - 07:25 AM

That will be a first, no?  Store bought established Bonsai? 

Up to this point, if memory serves, you've developed your trees from standard growths.

 

Looking forward to seeing that cypress.  I've got two growing in my front yard.  Both planted at the same time as 20" sticks.  One is now about 30' high, the other is barely 10'.  They are less than 10 feet apart, but one just seemed to thrive better.

 

In my time, I didn't have any Bonsai Shops near.  All my trees were either garden store variety or taken from natural settings.  I was living in Columbia, S.C. at the time, and the Saluda River had rocky banks.  Trees would take root in depressions in the rocks that had some soil in them.  Natural Bonsai trees ... just waiting to be picked up, if you were lucky.  If they had heavy rains and had opened up the Lake Murray dam, all those trees get washed downstream.


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Posted 01 September 2018 - 10:06 AM

 

That will be a first, no?  Store bought established Bonsai? 

Up to this point, if memory serves, you've developed your trees from standard growths.

 

It's pretty much just one step beyond what I have bought up to this point.  It's basically a tree that was collected a year or two ago and had its roots pruned and then established into a pot last year but still has a ton of work to be done and lots of growing left to do. But the first step of getting it into a pot and acclimating to our Michigan winters for a year has already been done which is a good thing.


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Posted 01 September 2018 - 04:11 PM

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These darn nurseries really need to stop twisting my arm and forcing me to buy stuff. Stopped into a different local nursery this afternoon and saw this 3ft tall solid stone 100lb statue sitting on a little clearance cart. Reg price was $119 but it had clearance tag on it that said $20! I didn't even have to think twice about handing them a $20 bill for this thing. It looks great greeting you as you walk into my bonsai garden now :) 


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#39 mikechell

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Posted 01 September 2018 - 09:55 PM

Is that a Jedi Knight ?


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Posted 01 September 2018 - 10:09 PM

Saint Obi - Wan :)


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Posted 14 September 2018 - 09:07 PM

 

 

 

Quick walk around the garden today. I can't believe summer is almost over. I swear the older I get the faster summer goes by :(


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#42 mikechell

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Posted 14 September 2018 - 09:56 PM

Just stunning!  Absolutely stunning.

 

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Posted 14 October 2018 - 04:00 PM

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Brought all the tropicals inside for the winter the other day and figured I would share a pic of the forest now that the new leaves have popped back out after a defoliated it a couple months ago. I really like the way this one is coming along now. It's looking so good I may even consider showing it next August at the local bonsai show.


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Posted 14 October 2018 - 04:08 PM

I thought you'd picked up the statue to serve your Halloween candy.
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#45 mikechell

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Posted 14 October 2018 - 07:08 PM

Sweet.  Love the roots and crown shape of that forest.


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