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Leo in NE Illinois

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Re: Accent of The Month?
« Reply #15 on: August 26, 2014, 11:37 AM »
Shima, Minogame & Owen - nice kusamono.

I raise orchids as a part time hobby business", bonsai is my hobby to get away from the business of orchids. I have toyed with the idea of orchids as kusamono, and when I try, I often end up choosing pots that are less than flattering to the plant because my winter growing space for orchids is packed tight, no room for 8 inch slabs - when I could fit 4 to 6 plants in 3 inch pots in the same space. Space in the light garden is precious. But cascade pots fit.

Here is an orchid in bloom right now, hopefully it will be in bloom through September, so it can be in both the Wisconsin Orchid Society show and the Milwaukee Bonsai Society show. The pot is not ideal, though it works well for the health of the root system. If you have suggestions for a pot that would work better to show off the wonderful color of the leaves, I'm looking for ideas to make it more kusamono like rather than just an orchid in a bonsai pot.

The orchid is Oecoeclades roseovariegata - a leaf litter terrestrial that is found only in the sparse shade of baobab trees on the island of Madagascar. I picked it up over a decade ago, the species is not often seen, though hopefully it will be more available in the future. It is very drought tolerant, in nature it gets most of its moisture from night time fog. The leaves are very heavy, feel almost like plastic. One touch of the leaves tells you it is not related to the "Jewel Orchids". It has been easy to grow, though very slow to increase in size. The image is about 10 years of growths, it has never been divided. I give it bright light (part shade when outdoors, brightest light possible indoors). About once a week it gets watered.
 

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Re: Accent of The Month?
« Reply #16 on: August 27, 2014, 05:33 AM »
Nice Leo.

   I think it would look nice on a slab of bark. Or half a log type thing.

Being drought tolerant, not watered much, it may even last.

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Re: Accent of The Month?
« Reply #17 on: August 27, 2014, 12:35 PM »
I had not thought of putting it on bark. I have some cork laying around. I will have to see if I can find, or trim to make an attractive piece of cork. My only concern is bark is too close in coloration to the leaves - it would diminish the most beautiful trait of the plant? Or would it? Does one want to help make the color pop or mute it down?
 

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Re: Accent of The Month?
« Reply #18 on: August 27, 2014, 04:27 PM »
A couple locally-collected weeds I'm playing with...thoughts, criticisms?
 

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Re: Accent of The Month?
« Reply #19 on: August 27, 2014, 08:54 PM »
Nice Brian, what species of weed is that, it is not immediately familiar to me. I like the stone.
 

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Re: Accent of The Month?
« Reply #20 on: August 27, 2014, 10:35 PM »
Well...now that you've asked, I got curious.  Pretty sure it's Talinum parviflorum:
http://www.prairiemoon.com/seeds/wildflowers-talinum-parviflorum-small-flower-fame-flower.html
Several bloomed nicely over the last few weeks.  The smaller one doesn't seem inclined to.
 

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Re: Accent of The Month?
« Reply #21 on: August 28, 2014, 01:06 AM »
Could pass as a Hawaiin mountain stone!

Nice

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Hmm...never heard of that. ???
 

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Re: Accent of The Month?
« Reply #22 on: August 28, 2014, 01:12 AM »
Shima, Minogame & Owen - nice kusamono.

I raise orchids as a part time hobby business", bonsai is my hobby to get away from the business of orchids. I have toyed with the idea of orchids as kusamono, and when I try, I often end up choosing pots that are less than flattering to the plant because my winter growing space for orchids is packed tight, no room for 8 inch slabs - when I could fit 4 to 6 plants in 3 inch pots in the same space. Space in the light garden is precious. But cascade pots fit.

Here is an orchid in bloom right now, hopefully it will be in bloom through September, so it can be in both the Wisconsin Orchid Society show and the Milwaukee Bonsai Society show. The pot is not ideal, though it works well for the health of the root system. If you have suggestions for a pot that would work better to show off the wonderful color of the leaves, I'm looking for ideas to make it more kusamono like rather than just an orchid in a bonsai pot.

The orchid is Oecoeclades roseovariegata - a leaf litter terrestrial that is found only in the sparse shade of baobab trees on the island of Madagascar. I picked it up over a decade ago, the species is not often seen, though hopefully it will be more available in the future. It is very drought tolerant, in nature it gets most of its moisture from night time fog. The leaves are very heavy, feel almost like plastic. One touch of the leaves tells you it is not related to the "Jewel Orchids". It has been easy to grow, though very slow to increase in size. The image is about 10 years of growths, it has never been divided. I give it bright light (part shade when outdoors, brightest light possible indoors). About once a week it gets watered.

Thanks Leo. Re: Orchids, I too have been thinking about orchids for kusamono. Living uphill from a major orchid center (Hilo) I wonder what took me so long?
 

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Re: Accent of The Month?
« Reply #23 on: August 28, 2014, 01:16 AM »
A couple locally-collected weeds I'm playing with...thoughts, criticisms?

I love the stone, Brian, but to my eyes the pot? it's sitting on detracts from the purity of the stone. I'd prefer it sitting  on the jiita. What do you think?
 

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Re: Accent of The Month?
« Reply #24 on: August 28, 2014, 04:59 AM »
A couple locally-collected weeds I'm playing with...thoughts, criticisms?

I love the stone, Brian, but to my eyes the pot? it's sitting on detracts from the purity of the stone. I'd prefer it sitting  on the jiita. What do you think?

Love locally collected weeds. Nothing better IMO.

Agree about the pot.
 

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Re: Accent of The Month?
« Reply #25 on: August 28, 2014, 05:41 AM »
I had not thought of putting it on bark. I have some cork laying around. I will have to see if I can find, or trim to make an attractive piece of cork. My only concern is bark is too close in coloration to the leaves - it would diminish the most beautiful trait of the plant? Or would it? Does one want to help make the color pop or mute it down?

The "leaf litter".  That is one of my favorite mini habitats. So much to be found.
This is why I would pay homage to where it grows.

I like the "camouflaged" look it could bring. To make it harder to find the leaves.
I imagine one will first glance at the flowers, as with any kusamono, My eye goes right to the "protruders". A thought of "what is this growing out of?" Brings the eye down.
Then realizing the hidden leaves, brings a bit of excitement because they were there the whole time. They are still beautiful, and the excitement will make them more interesting to look at then. Like a gaboon viper in the leaf litter! Once you actually see it, you have to look at it more because it was Right There!

A little bright green moss could pop them out again too!


 

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Re: Accent of The Month?
« Reply #26 on: August 28, 2014, 05:46 AM »
Could pass as a Hawaiin mountain stone!

Nice

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Hmm...never heard of that. ???
 

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Re: Accent of The Month?
« Reply #27 on: August 28, 2014, 05:49 AM »
Oops. "Stone"
 

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Re: Accent of The Month?
« Reply #28 on: August 28, 2014, 07:31 AM »
A couple locally-collected weeds I'm playing with...thoughts, criticisms?

I love the stone, Brian, but to my eyes the pot? it's sitting on detracts from the purity of the stone. I'd prefer it sitting  on the jiita. What do you think?
You have a good point, thanks.  The pot is actually a (cheaply) carved wooden stand that came with the stone.  If I can get the stone to sit properly on the burl, it may be a better composition without the stand.
 

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Re: Accent of The Month?
« Reply #29 on: August 28, 2014, 05:50 PM »