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Chrisl

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Ponderosa From Burlap Bonanza
« on: May 19, 2012, 09:48 AM »
I promised to share my new Pondy that Andy gave to me to replace the one that died.  It's been a little over two weeks and the candles are slowly growing.  It's about 36" tall.  So here are some pics:

Edit:  No matter how I rotate them in Picassa, they still come out sideways.  Sorry!

« Last Edit: May 19, 2012, 09:51 AM by Chrisl »
 

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Re: Ponderosa From Burlap Bonanza
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2012, 10:33 AM »
No comments?  I'm pretty excited about this tree.  It's more unique, and has a lot more possibilities than my first one imo, but not quite as old.  I'll be getting a substantial RMJ in a mos. or so too.  So I'll have 4 yamadori, and that huge JBP I got from Brussels that I'll consider 'part of my collection' lol  The rest are going to take a long time to develop into something special. 

On another update John, that Shimpaku that I stapled the roots onto the board is thriving as much as the other 9 I have in the ground, some on tiles and some just planted in the ground.   I need to get in there and work on them and apply more wire to the growing shoots.  In 5-10 yrs, they should be pretty cool.

 

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Re: Ponderosa From Burlap Bonanza
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2012, 10:57 AM »
Very nice Chris!

Really likr the movement in the trunk, thought about new planting angle? or directions for styling?

J
 

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Re: Ponderosa From Burlap Bonanza
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2012, 11:23 AM »
Looks like you made it half way to Australia. ;)
 

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Re: Ponderosa From Burlap Bonanza
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2012, 11:49 AM »
JMEK, I've been eyeing it over and if I had to style it today, I'd take the first picture above as the front, and tilt the tree to the left about 30-40 degrees so that the one upward straight trunk wouldn't be parallel to the ground but going upward a bit.  Then 'frame' the top branches downward to accentuate the trunk.  I don't know what I'm going to do with that large straight jin at the base of the trunk.  Def. keep it, but not sure of how to carve it to look natural.  I'm not a big fan of small jins right at the base, it to me, stops the eye moving over the tree smoothly. 

Matsu, I have come a long way in a short period.  ;)  After spending sev. hundred dollars on material to young to do much with, I finally decided to spend more money, well a lot more money, on better stock.  So I'll have a small collection of hopefully 'great' trees instead of a backyard filled with trees that won't be much until I'm 75y/o! lol  But in 10 yrs, the in ground material should be workable, and that Trident I got from John and Frank should have the taper and nebari developed to begin working on branch development to also become a very cool tree. 
I have Walter Pall, Jim Doyle, Andy Smith and Brian Van Fleet just to mention a few to Thank for this personal development and encouragement.   And of course, forums like this and BNut where I see trees posted that are so above where I am is also inspiring!
 

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Re: Ponderosa From Burlap Bonanza
« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2012, 08:01 PM »
Looks like a nice tree.  Plenty of options with this one.
 

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Re: Ponderosa From Burlap Bonanza
« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2012, 12:09 AM »
Thanks Matsu.  I agree and have plenty of time to ponder lol  Their ability to be contorted so makes the design possibilities so much greater/more unique for me.

That, and I'm also holding off a yr before touching my new JBP to do the same.  So this summer isn't going to be a big yr. of actual 'bonsai work' it seems.  More so, it's going to be a ''horticultural' yr where the goal is to just keep them thriving and growing. ;)
 

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Re: Ponderosa From Burlap Bonanza
« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2012, 08:25 AM »
Chris, I am glad to hear that your stapled Shimpaku is doing well. I look forward to seeing your trees turn in to bonsai, enthusiasm is a big part of the battle.
 

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Re: Ponderosa From Burlap Bonanza
« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2012, 10:36 AM »
Thanks John, and funny/strange that you mention enthusiasm.  Yest. I volunteered at the Chicago Gardens and got to meet my teachers' sensei from Japan who visiting.   His name is Susumu Nakamura.  He was in his 80's, and worked pretty quietly but did stop to discuss 3 trees we were working on and found his comments and techniques explained to be extremely insightful and great.  After doing what he suggested, all three looked Much Better.  Hi funniest statement was "No taper, no taste" LOL 

And plus, at the end of the day, he told me that I "have a great attitude" and "am obviously am very enthusiastic".  To which he added "which are both important to learning good bonsai".   I got a little embarrassed actually as I wasn't expecting such a nice complement from such a distinguished and experienced gent LOL, so all I could come up with was "Uh...well Thank You!"  LOL 

But I see now when my teacher, in his late 60s, told me last year that "learning bonsai is a never ending learning process", I truly understand what he meant now.

Sorry I digressed a bit, but it was a very exciting time and I learned so much from a man who talked so little LOL
 

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Re: Ponderosa From Burlap Bonanza
« Reply #9 on: January 27, 2013, 06:13 PM »
Very vigorous yr. with many new back buds and strong term. buds.  Ready for first style this coming spring.  I've been playing around with a design.  Any thoughts or suggestions?

Damn, no matter what I do, I can't get the sideview straight.  Aargh. 
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Re: Ponderosa From Burlap Bonanza
« Reply #10 on: January 28, 2013, 09:39 AM »
Anyone?
 

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Re: Ponderosa From Burlap Bonanza
« Reply #11 on: January 28, 2013, 09:49 AM »
The first one seem almost too upright?  I've no experience with pondys, so I can't really say much more than that...
Seems like some of the best ones are very contorto.
 

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Re: Ponderosa From Burlap Bonanza
« Reply #12 on: January 28, 2013, 10:11 AM »
Anyone?

Have/would you consider(ed) a semi-cascade?
 

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Re: Ponderosa From Burlap Bonanza
« Reply #13 on: January 28, 2013, 10:33 AM »
Thanks Judy, appreciate any feedback ;)

Wayne, no I haven't considered a semi cascade.  I didn't see that.  I'll play around with it more.
 

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Re: Ponderosa From Burlap Bonanza
« Reply #14 on: January 28, 2013, 10:40 PM »
was this one in burlap when you got it? if so how aggressive were you removing the native soil?
just curious.