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bonsaikc

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Collected Blue Spruce, ten years on
« on: March 28, 2010, 09:42 PM »
The time seems to fly. In 1999, I collected this blue spruce at about 11,000 feet of elevation not far from Pike's Peak, CO. We had a permit, and I ended up with two trees that I still have today. Both are strong and aged trees. This one had a long root that ran way up the slope, so we sawed it off and collected the tree.

I brought this tree home and heeled it into my raised bed, not knowing anything else to do with it. I lost a good branch on the side away from the root we sawed, but the tree was healthy. In fact, it grew too well in the garden and the top got far too heavy. The second and third photos are of the tree potted up from the garden in spring of 2005. I'm so happy that I potted both these trees at that time, since before the year was out we had sold the house and moved to the country.
 

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Re: Collected Blue Spruce, ten years on
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2010, 09:51 PM »
I decided the time had come to style the tree. Here it is in May 2007 before any work.
 

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Re: Collected Blue Spruce, ten years on
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2010, 07:35 PM »
OK, so we have the before, where's the after?

- bob
 

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Re: Collected Blue Spruce, ten years on
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2010, 01:29 AM »
Chris worked on this tree the weekend past at the Bonsai Retreat in Topeka Ks.  I took some pictures but they're terribad.  They did some pretty amazing work on this tree.  I'm sure he'll put the updated pics up soon.
 

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Re: Collected Blue Spruce, ten years on
« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2010, 09:20 AM »
Really nice tree, and it looks very healthy.

Just out of curiosity, is the foliage a bit floppy on this species?  Does that make styling a bit more difficult?
 

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Re: Collected Blue Spruce, ten years on
« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2010, 03:28 PM »
This one was leggy by this time, so the foliage hangs. Where it is budding back strongly, the new growth is thicker and firmer. I'll post more photos tonight.
 

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Re: Collected Blue Spruce, ten years on
« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2010, 06:15 PM »
Okay, here's the work I did on the tree in September/October 2007. I decided to try to make it a semi-cascade, using the large branch on the right as the cascade. I was not completely satisfied with the look, especially from the sides, and the cascading branch was far thinner than I had expected, which made it look very weak.
 

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Re: Collected Blue Spruce, ten years on
« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2010, 06:19 PM »
In the meantime, Hans Van Meer was kind enough to do a great virtual on this tree. I appreciated his work but let him know that the pot selection was mostly wishful thinking due to the size of the roots on this tree.
 

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Re: Collected Blue Spruce, ten years on
« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2010, 06:28 PM »
So here is the tree as Boon first saw it. I had removed both the cascade branch and the growing end of the large back branch. I will jin both the top of the tree and that large back branch this year. Boon's plan was to shorten the tree, so we bent the single branch way down.
 

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Re: Collected Blue Spruce, ten years on
« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2010, 06:33 PM »
Here's the finished tree after detail wiring:
 

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Re: Collected Blue Spruce, ten years on
« Reply #10 on: March 30, 2010, 07:58 PM »
Hey, I recognize that pot.
 

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Re: Collected Blue Spruce, ten years on
« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2010, 01:24 PM »
Chris,

It was great to see this monster bent and wired.  Looking forward to seeing this progress and more updates in the future!
 

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Re: Collected Blue Spruce, ten years on
« Reply #12 on: March 31, 2010, 02:13 PM »
Hey, I recognize that pot.

Hey, I recognize that arm.
The tree turned out very nice.  Can't believe you have kept it alive that long. 
 

bonsaikc

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Re: Collected Blue Spruce, ten years on
« Reply #13 on: March 31, 2010, 02:16 PM »
I've been pretty pleased with it lately. Of course it helps in one way to just heel the tree in...but had I known then what I know now, I'd have been showing this tree for five years already!

Thanks, Boon!
 

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Re: Collected Blue Spruce, ten years on
« Reply #14 on: March 31, 2010, 03:03 PM »
Really nice tree - the progression photos are great to see. 

In your work with Boon, did he happen to comment on Hans' virtual, and did you do this styling with Boon with Hans' vision in mind?  I didn't know if you had the branching at the moment to construct the upper canopy, but was just wondering if there was any discussion on the future image of the tree.