Author Topic: Boon coming to Upstate NY  (Read 5089 times)

bonsaiTom

  • Jr. Forum Member
  • **
  • Posts: 80
Boon coming to Upstate NY
« on: August 31, 2011, 05:20 PM »
BIG ANNOUNCEMENT
Mohawk Hudson Bonsai Society is bringing Boon Manakitivipart to Upstate, NY.
Sunday Sep. 25 at Pauline Muth's bonsai studio, 7 Western Ave., West Charlton, NY 12010
9AM BYOtree workshop, limited to 8/$50. Email to register pauline@pfmbonsai.com
Silent observers welcome.
After lunch Boon will demonstrate using a tree provided by MHBS - "first steps in bonsai design".
Demo tree will be raffled/members only.
Additional info at http://www.pfmbonsai.com/newsletters/SEPTEMBER_2011_TWIG.pdf
 

John Kirby

  • Hero Forum Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 2216
  • Thanked: 16 times
  • I really need an opposable thumb...
Re: Boon coming to Upstate NY
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2011, 10:32 AM »
Sounds like a great time! Remember, Boon stresses tree maintenance and well being prior to working on them. Encourage everyone to be sure that their trees are strong, securely tied in to their pots and well maintained. It will make your experience that much more fun and productive! It will be an enjoyable day with a great teacher.

John
A non-recovering SOB
 

Chrisl

  • Hero Forum Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 897
Re: Boon coming to Upstate NY
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2011, 06:59 PM »
Funny John, Ryan refused to work on a tree brought to a workshop for exactly one of those reasons, it was not secure in the pot.  I was very surprised actually that someone wouldn't secure the tree firmly while repotting. 

I'm sure Boon will be a great attraction to your society.  Good Luck!
 

Jay

  • Sr. Forum Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 480
  • Thanked: 2 times
  • USDA zone 4 Northern Vermont
Re: Boon coming to Upstate NY
« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2011, 01:31 PM »
Greetings all, I've been out of touch for the summer (my normal thing). I'm back in Vermont and will be doing a workshop with Boon this Saturday,  Green Mountain Bonsai Society is having Boon for our September meeting. I'm bringing my big Larch for some help. Will keep the group posted on the results.

Jay
 

bonsaiTom

  • Jr. Forum Member
  • **
  • Posts: 80
Re: Boon coming to Upstate NY
« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2011, 05:55 PM »
Jay - Glad you saw this thread and posted. We knew that Boon was scheduled for a stop in Vermont the day before our program. We have filled the workshop with members of the Albany group (Mohawk Hudson) and the Utica group (Mohawk Valley) and are 'rarin' to go' on Sunday.

Good luck with your big Larch!  A report will be much appreciated.
 

John Kirby

  • Hero Forum Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 2216
  • Thanked: 16 times
  • I really need an opposable thumb...
Re: Boon coming to Upstate NY
« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2011, 06:14 PM »
Sounds like fun for all. Looking forward to the reports.

John
Still in Tianjen
 

bonsaiTom

  • Jr. Forum Member
  • **
  • Posts: 80
Re: Boon coming to Upstate NY
« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2011, 06:28 PM »
Now this was an awesome bonsai experience. But I want Dave A. (HotAction) to report in. He was Boon's assistant - or as Dave put it the 'demo whore'. He does have a way with words.

Very very good day at PFM Bonsai. Congratulations Mohawk Hudson Bonsai Society.
http://mohawkhudsonbonsai.org/
 

Jay

  • Sr. Forum Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 480
  • Thanked: 2 times
  • USDA zone 4 Northern Vermont
Re: Boon coming to Upstate NY
« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2011, 06:55 AM »
Well I've finally found the time to post. The Saturday with Boon was EXTREMELY enjoyable. He is as everyone says very very knowledgeable and very nice. He felt that my Larch was not healthy enough to style in addition to it being the wrong time of year to work on Larch. I include a picture for you to see. He did work on my large Hornbeam, before and after pictures attached.

Your opinions welcome
Jay
 

Chrisl

  • Hero Forum Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 897
Re: Boon coming to Upstate NY
« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2011, 01:19 PM »
So what's the best time then to work on Larch's?
 

Dave Murphy

  • Full Forum Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 207
Re: Boon coming to Upstate NY
« Reply #9 on: September 27, 2011, 02:17 PM »
Jay, I love that Hornbeam...very nice.
 

Jay

  • Sr. Forum Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 480
  • Thanked: 2 times
  • USDA zone 4 Northern Vermont
Re: Boon coming to Upstate NY
« Reply #10 on: September 27, 2011, 08:12 PM »
Dave, thank you, it is a tree that I enjoy very much. I have it on a stand outside my kitchen window, where I can view it easily.

Chris, I think the spring would be the best time to work on Larch. The work needed on this tree would stress it to much... especially since Boon felt (and was extremely diplomatic about) it being in less than perfect condition. Remember, up here in Vermont Larch are getting ready to drop their needles and enjoy a long winters rest.

Thank you both for the thoughts
Jay
 

bonsaiTom

  • Jr. Forum Member
  • **
  • Posts: 80
Re: Boon coming to Upstate NY
« Reply #11 on: September 28, 2011, 04:45 AM »
Jay, The hornbeam is looking good. How soon will it drop leaves this Fall? Did Boon indicate whether the moss would cause any harm if left on for any length of time?

What seems to be the problem with your larch? How do you overwinter it? With it being a hardy tree from cold regions I wonder what advice Boon might have given you since he is a southern California resident. At our workshop I arrived a bit late and missed out on the discussion about larch - only one was brought to the program. As you say this is not the season to work on them. Some of mine have begun to drop needles and go to sleep. Yeah even though the weather here has been very warm.
 

Jay

  • Sr. Forum Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 480
  • Thanked: 2 times
  • USDA zone 4 Northern Vermont
Re: Boon coming to Upstate NY
« Reply #12 on: September 28, 2011, 07:00 AM »
Hi Tom,
The Hornbeam has started to turn, ever so slowly. I would guess it will start dropping  leaves in the next few weeks. Our weather here in Vermont is extremely warm for this time of year. It has been in the upper 60's during the day and only dropping to the the 50's at night. This is a good 10+ degrees warmer than normal.

As for the moss, I leave it on only for the mid summer to early fall time frame. It helps keep the soil wet.

As for the Larch, it was collected in a far north section of Hudson Bay Canada 6 years ago. Brought over the border with all proper papers and only planted into this pot this spring (it was in a grow box for the first few years). At present it has dark green leaves. Being this is our first winter together I'm not sure when it will turn, but my other Larch's in the ground have not started yet either. I'm thinking it is also possible that the warm weather has something to do with it.

Jay
 

Hotaction

  • Sr. Forum Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 305
  • http://www.mvbonsai.com/
Re: Boon coming to Upstate NY
« Reply #13 on: September 28, 2011, 07:39 AM »
Tom was only late because I slept through two alarms, and had the biggest vehicle for the carpool.  It was a great day, and working alongside boon during the demo was an honor.  I'm can definitely say I am glad we made the trip.

Dave
 

Chrisl

  • Hero Forum Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 897
Re: Boon coming to Upstate NY
« Reply #14 on: September 28, 2011, 11:31 AM »
Dave, thank you, it is a tree that I enjoy very much. I have it on a stand outside my kitchen window, where I can view it easily.

Chris, I think the spring would be the best time to work on Larch. The work needed on this tree would stress it to much... especially since Boon felt (and was extremely diplomatic about) it being in less than perfect condition. Remember, up here in Vermont Larch are getting ready to drop their needles and enjoy a long winters rest.

Thank you both for the thoughts
Jay

Thank You Jay.  I'm getting some Larch seedlings and need to start to learn a bit about this tree.  I love them for their needles and bark.  I too really like your Hornbeam btw ;)