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Title: Yamadori Glory!
Post by: Hotaction on April 12, 2010, 12:52 PM
Went and colleted a bunch of stuff yesterday.  The take was mostly larch, and a few spruce.  The samller larch are gonna be grown on for future forest plantings.  It was a fun day, but I forgot my camera in the truck.  My buddy has all the photos from during the dig on his camera, and I will post some as soon as I get them.  For now I have some shots of the trees after they were unloaded, and some that have been potted up. 

Today, we are going to measure and build some boxes for the larger trees.  For the time being they are wrapped in wet sphagnum and burlap as they rest in the shade behind the house.

The maddock, single prong weed plucker,  three prong garden rake, and garden shears proved to be the most useful tools of the day.
Title: Re: Yamadori Glory!
Post by: Hotaction on April 12, 2010, 12:55 PM
here are some of the smaller larch that we potted up last night.
Dave
Title: Re: Yamadori Glory!
Post by: Hotaction on April 12, 2010, 12:57 PM
and a couple of the bigger larch and another spruce.

Dave
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Post by: MatsuBonsai on April 13, 2010, 09:05 AM
Looks like a good take.  From where were these collected?
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Post by: bwaynef on April 13, 2010, 11:28 AM
Looks like a lot of straight trunks.  Any movement I'm not seeing?  Plans to chop?
Title: Re: Yamadori Glory!
Post by: Hotaction on April 13, 2010, 01:24 PM
John, These were collected in Northern NY.

Wayne, most the small ones will get chopped to some degree.  For now, I'm just growing them on to get strong root systems.  The plan is to make a couple forests in a year or two.  We selected those based on nothing more than various trunk diameters.  The bigger larch are going to get major chops.  There are many low branches as well as buds on the trunk.  I'm in no rush and plan on working them down over the coming years.  Again, strong roots are the main concern for me at this point.
Title: Re: Yamadori Glory!
Post by: Hotaction on April 13, 2010, 01:26 PM
Now for some of the collecting process...
Title: Re: Yamadori Glory!
Post by: Hotaction on April 13, 2010, 01:27 PM
and a few more...
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Post by: Hotaction on April 13, 2010, 01:29 PM
another round...
Title: Re: Yamadori Glory!
Post by: Hotaction on April 13, 2010, 01:50 PM
Here are the spruce in the grow boxes we made yesterday.  And another smaller one that was growing on the other side of the rail from the big one.

Dave
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Post by: bwaynef on April 13, 2010, 02:13 PM
I really like that double-trunk spruce.  I can't wait to see where this one goes.
Title: Re: Yamadori Glory!
Post by: mcpesq817 on April 14, 2010, 12:55 PM
I really like that double-trunk spruce.  I can't wait to see where this one goes.

No kidding - that looks like a fantastic specimen.
Title: Re: Yamadori Glory!
Post by: Hotaction on April 14, 2010, 05:53 PM
Thanks for looking guys, glad you like the spruce.  I hope I'll be able to bring out the best this tree has to offer over the coming years.  Now its time to really start looking at spruce bonsai and studying these suckers.

Dave
Title: Re: Yamadori Glory!
Post by: mcpesq817 on April 15, 2010, 09:54 AM
Thanks for looking guys, glad you like the spruce.  I hope I'll be able to bring out the best this tree has to offer over the coming years.  Now its time to really start looking at spruce bonsai and studying these suckers.

Dave

I haven't seen too many spruce bonsai in my area (there are a few at the National Arboretum, but I believe they are Japanese varieties), but I'm sure you know that Walter Pall works a lot with this species and has some fantastic specimens on his website.
Title: Re: Yamadori Glory!
Post by: Hotaction on July 07, 2010, 01:05 PM
After spending the beginning of the weekend working, I was able to get up to camp for Sunday evening and all day Monday.  Sunday night was a rocking good time, filled with food, drinks, and festivities.  Come Monday morning, I beat my girlfreind out of bed, and jumped on the 4-wheeler to work off my well-earned 4th of July hangover.  I went to check my larch spot, and see how the trees i chopped were developing.  I decided to grab a small one.

Not thinking to clearly yet, I had walked (stumbled) through the rough terrain and waist-high weeds in my flip-flops and shorts.  By now, the temperature is quickly rising to near record highs and sweat (booze) is freely flowing from all of my pores.  Now, I realize I'm a good couple hundred yards from my sweet ride.  Of course, using my ultimate wisdom, I hadn't thought any of this through and had absoloutley nothing with me to wrap the roots.  So, I begin to hustle my way back, while cursing myself audibly for the majority of the way.  

Finally having arrived back at the ATV, acting fast, I quickly throw my bloody leg over the seat and toss the tree into the cargo basket.  ZOOM! In a flash we are off, whizzing down the old dirt trail kicking up a storm of dust in our wake.  I return to camp, still semi-disoriented from the prior evenings events, trying to figure out the next plan of attack.  I take the small larch and swiftly make my way down the path to the rushing stream.  After wetting the roots thoroughly, I brought it back to my work area, which just happens to be the closest picnic table.  After clipping back some big obtrusive roots, i returned the tree to a protected spot in the stream for another rinse.  At this point, I've got no soil medium, so back on the 4-wheeler and off the the gravel pit I go.  Quickly, I sift out the particles I need with the two pond baskets I brought in tow.  10 minutes later, now drenched in perspiration, I make my way back to camp.  Acting fast, I pot the tree up using the newly aquired granite and leave the basket resting in the stream.

By this time, it is already 90 degrees and only 11 am, and the tree isn't the only thing that could use a bath.  So, off to the lake I was.  Upon returning from my refreshing mountain lake journey, (aren't pool noodles great) I thought I'd give a demo for my girlfriend.  Man, I was just full of great ideas that morning.  Luckily, she was suffering from the same mystery ailment that had struck me so hard, just a couple hours before.  

Seeing that she was immobilized in her camp chair and facing my direction, I used the opportunity to perform the much anticipated "4th of July 2010 Bonsai Demo Extraordinaire."  I begin clipping and cutting furiously as she looks at me in horror.  "Why do you keep cutting that poor thing, it was cuter before you got your evil hands on it!" she exclaims.  Luckily, I have a strong will, and shrug off the jeers from the gallery.  With wire flying and the sweat dripping from the brow, the show was in full swing.  Within an hour, the work was done and the crowd dispersed.  A bonsai was born.

Dave
Title: Re: Yamadori Glory!
Post by: Steven on July 07, 2010, 01:39 PM
You're nuts Dave!!  :o But it looks damn good  ;D
Title: Re: Yamadori Glory!
Post by: Hotaction on July 21, 2011, 12:17 PM
An update on the 4th of JuLarch.  Alive and well for all who were concerned.
Title: Re: Yamadori Glory!
Post by: MatsuBonsai on July 21, 2011, 01:23 PM
Yeah, but it's still a larch.  Tough break.  ;)