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Species Specific => North American Juniper Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: Yenling83 on September 14, 2011, 12:10 PM

Title: Sierra and CA Junipers collected this spring
Post by: Yenling83 on September 14, 2011, 12:10 PM
Hey Guys I figured I would share this picture of a few of the trees I collected this spring.  They are not all adjusted to a perfect angle, but I'm happy with what I have collected.  I apologize, but I would not like to discuss any locations about where I collected-I feel that's better for everyone. 
Title: Re: Sierra and CA Junipers collected this spring
Post by: MatsuBonsai on September 14, 2011, 12:56 PM
Looks like a good haul.  I understand the reluctance to share too many details, but I would enjoy all you're comfortable sharing (found this one under a rock, falling down a hill, was able to collect _% roots, etc.).  The one box in back looks.... interesting.

Also, I would like to see some individual shots if possible.
Title: Re: Sierra and CA Junipers collected this spring
Post by: Yenling83 on September 14, 2011, 01:42 PM
Okay:) The two Sierra junipers were both what I would call Pocket trees.  They were growing on granite in cracks where soil had collected. The smaller of the two had a super flat mat of roots and I used pry bars to get under the root mass.  I got so many roots with the smaller one I actually cut some excess off, the mat of roots was almost two feet long on one side.  This tree could fit in a bonsai pot right now if I wanted.   

The largest tree had two large heavy roots growing in both directions.  If I would have cut them off, there would not be enough roots to support the tree.  I made the half coffin shaped box to fit the long roots.  I drilled hundreds of small holes in the box for more air circulation.  After building this box and putting the tree in I could have made it a bit tighter.  Yes this is an weird tree, but I like it.  It can be a double trunk or you could separate the two and make two trees.  I plan to either root graft near the base or maybe layer so I can get rid of the long roots and fit it in a pot. 

The smaller CA was dug from more of a sandy/shale type situation.  I was able to get a root ball and I kept a lot of native soil, but exposed the ends of the roots so they were in pumice. 

I had all three under misters for the first few months, but now they are on my benches and seem to be doing well.  I use sifted pumice with a bit of charcoal and the Andy Smith Collecting Wild Trees DVD really helped me to learn to collect.       
Title: Re: Sierra and CA Junipers collected this spring
Post by: Dwight on September 14, 2011, 02:03 PM
Nice work. I'm jealous.
Title: Re: Sierra and CA Junipers collected this spring
Post by: akeppler on September 14, 2011, 08:47 PM
How is your doing Dwight?
Title: Re: Sierra and CA Junipers collected this spring
Post by: mcpesq817 on September 15, 2011, 10:40 AM
Wow, very nice material!  I'm jealous too :D
Title: Re: Sierra and CA Junipers collected this spring
Post by: Dwight on September 15, 2011, 06:25 PM
How is your doing Dwight?

The callies ? They were lost to a freak freeze , the coldest EP has ever been , -3. They are coming back as tanuki soon though. Never waste a good stump !

So I'm still lookin.
Title: Re: Sierra and CA Junipers collected this spring
Post by: akeppler on September 16, 2011, 12:07 AM
Man thats ashame. I never knew a guy so excited as you were. Keep it up, it will come around again.
Title: Re: Sierra and CA Junipers collected this spring
Post by: Owen Reich on September 16, 2011, 08:43 AM
My sensei wants the one in the back.  All he kept saying was Ooooh American shimpaku  :o
Title: Re: Sierra and CA Junipers collected this spring
Post by: Yenling83 on September 16, 2011, 03:29 PM
My sensei wants the one in the back.  All he kept saying was Ooooh American shimpaku  :o

ha ha!  that's cool thanks.  It's very exciting to see Fujikawa Nursery's new International School program kick off!!!  http://fujikawabonsaischool.com/ (http://fujikawabonsaischool.com/)  these programs are such a great opportunity. 
Title: Re: Sierra and CA Junipers collected this spring
Post by: Yenling83 on September 04, 2012, 12:09 PM
Update on the little sierra lower left hand corner of first picture.
Title: Re: Sierra and CA Junipers collected this spring
Post by: Yenling83 on September 04, 2012, 12:10 PM
Wire and adjusted branches 1st time.
Title: Re: Sierra and CA Junipers collected this spring
Post by: Elliott on September 04, 2012, 01:22 PM
Nice work Yenling. "ooh, American shimpacu" LOL!! I can just see him saying it. In this respect, we really are very lucky here in North America to have access to such awesome Yamadori. Some say the best in the world.
 My Bonsai teacher told me that when he told his His teacher where he did his apprenticeship at, that he had used the wood of dozens of dead California junipers as fire wood, that his teacher was shocked. This kind of material is so valued over there, that even the dead ones are respected.
Title: Re: Sierra and CA Junipers collected this spring
Post by: Yenling83 on June 10, 2014, 04:03 PM
Here's an update on the Sierra in the coffin shaped box. This is the second time the tree was wired, however the first time was really just to bend many of the branches down and into place. 
Title: Re: Sierra and CA Junipers collected this spring
Post by: bwaynef on June 10, 2014, 07:39 PM
Wow!  I didn't recognize this tree.  It's come quite a way, and looks like it'll be developing just as quickly for the time being.  What was the thinking in choosing this front?
Title: Re: Sierra and CA Junipers collected this spring
Post by: Yenling83 on June 10, 2014, 07:57 PM
Thanks Wayne. I'd actually like to tilt the tree’s apex forward more than in this picture.  I believe it accentuates the tree's movement.  I also plan on adding some Shari to the left trunk in the future.  Next step will be to repot and come up with a plan for putting it into a smaller box and hopefully change the angle and readjust the tree.  I also noticed in the picture after styling that the best feature of the right hand trunk is being blocked a bit by the foliage and needs some adjustment.  I wire slow and it took me 2 days to finish which made me run out of workshop time, so I did not have much time to take a nice pic, adjust the angle and all of that.  There is also two root grafts, and one that blocks some of the trunk's nice features.  I like this general front once it’s tilted forward a bit because I feel it shows off all the interesting deadwood Ibo Jin type features as well as the twist in both trunks. 
Title: Re: Sierra and CA Junipers collected this spring
Post by: Yenling83 on June 10, 2014, 08:00 PM
Thanks Wayne. I'd actually like to tilt the tree’s apex forward more than in this picture.  I believe it accentuates the tree's movement.  I also plan on adding some Shari to the left trunk in the future.  Next step will be to repot and come up with a plan for putting it into a smaller box and hopefully change the angle and readjust the tree.  I also noticed in the picture after styling that the best feature of the right hand trunk is being blocked a bit by the foliage and needs some adjustment.  I wire slow and it took me 2 days to finish which made me run out of workshop time, so I did not have much time to take a nice pic, adjust the angle and all of that.  There is also two root grafts, and one that blocks some of the trunk's nice features.  I like this general front once it’s tilted forward a bit because I feel it shows off all the interesting deadwood Ibo Jin type features as well as the twist(currently being blocked by foliage from root graft in right trunk) in both trunks. 
Title: Re: Sierra and CA Junipers collected this spring
Post by: John Kirby on June 12, 2014, 01:06 AM
This tree is even better in person. The depth really makes the tree stunning. Nice work Jeremiah. Mow how did you get thatblack eye?
Title: Re: Sierra and CA Junipers collected this spring
Post by: Yenling83 on June 12, 2014, 10:23 AM
This tree is even better in person. The depth really makes the tree stunning. Nice work Jeremiah. Mow how did you get thatblack eye?

My wife beats me.  Thanks John!  So you made it home okay?
Title: Re: Sierra and CA Junipers collected this spring
Post by: John Kirby on June 13, 2014, 12:54 AM
Why yes I have. Long 'flight '.
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Post by: Joshua Hanzman on June 27, 2014, 12:23 AM
Beautiful trees man! Really great material, congrats

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Title: Re: Sierra and CA Junipers collected this spring
Post by: Don Blackmond on June 27, 2014, 07:41 AM
Thanks for updating the thread.  Its good to see how they have grown and developed since being collected.