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JoesBonsai

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Acacia Burkei (black monkey thorn) Forest
« on: November 27, 2014, 07:19 AM »
Found a nice pot at a Bonsai nursery ;D and decided to make a forest  using black monkey thorns :-\
needs a lot of work still  ::) but at least a start ;)
 

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Re: Acacia Burkei (black monkey thorn) Forest
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2014, 08:22 AM »
I am really enjoying this S.A. summer!

I love the pot. Very unique.

I've never seen a Monkey thorn forest, but this seems a little unnatural. (Same sizes,equal spacing)
 I wonder if you could splash a few smaller trees about. Making a grove of every one or two trees.

I think this will break up the even spacing as viewed from this front. Less orchard more forest.

I commend you efforts though. (I just trashed my first attempt at a forest) Lovely bunch of trees in an excellent pot.!

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Re: Acacia Burkei (black monkey thorn) Forest
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2014, 08:32 AM »
Hi Sorce,

I agree, thank you for your comments ;)
 

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Re: Acacia Burkei (black monkey thorn) Forest
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2014, 08:39 AM »
Thanks I didn't Want to sound like a clinker!

The pot is so amazing. It seems you can add stuff out into the rounds to take advantage of the pot shape.

Sorce
 

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Re: Acacia Burkei (black monkey thorn) Forest
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2014, 08:41 AM »
I am really enjoying this S.A. summer!

I love the pot. Very unique.

Sorce

LOL.  It seems if the SAFFAS (South Africans) are posting left right and center.

I definitely agree on the pot.  Really stunning.  Which bonsai nursery did you get it at as I am also currently busy with a Black Monkey thorn forest too and for now I am just letting them grow but am definitely looking for a new pot

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.362014183979688.1073741843.361632014017905&type=3

Sorce - Black Monkey thorn is a very popular tree to work with in South Africa and it does make a beautiful forest.

Joe - I do have to agree with Sorce.  The trees do look very uniform and very much spaced the same distance apart.  But as you said, it is a start and a good one at that.  I can see loads of potential in that forest in the future so please keep on updating.

PS.  You have some great trees in the background of the 2nd pic.  Please post those.  Would love to see them.
 

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Re: Acacia Burkei (black monkey thorn) Forest
« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2014, 08:50 AM »
I'm not into trying to grow non natives. Too hard. Cept the Ben's.
But these Monkeys are making me go bananas!

Might have to find one!

I really am inspired by what you guys are doing with them.

I would appreciate a good read on what I might do to keep one going here.

Thanks Saffas!

Sorce
 

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Re: Acacia Burkei (black monkey thorn) Forest
« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2014, 02:42 PM »
Hey Sorce I just got some seeds from SA. They send seeds all over the world and its very cheap. If its allowed in here is their link...

http://www.silverhillseeds.co.za/

Joe if I may I add my voice to the chorus, I to think the pot is stunningly beautiful and so the little trees in them. They are a bit to uniformly arrange, but looking at your trees in the background...... you know that hey? Its a good beginning though. Grow some new ones and arrange them in between. Should keep you out of mischief for a while... ;)
 Man I love those trees in the background. I would kill for only one of those  ;D Very Well Done !!!
There sure is nothing like a big hooked thorn Acacia bonsai. Especially a burkei or a galpinii. It is something special  8) 8) 8)
« Last Edit: November 27, 2014, 03:09 PM by fredman »
 

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Re: Acacia Burkei (black monkey thorn) Forest
« Reply #7 on: November 27, 2014, 11:41 PM »
Thanks Fredman!
 

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Re: Acacia Burkei (black monkey thorn) Forest
« Reply #8 on: November 28, 2014, 12:04 AM »
Thanks Everyone for the comments and advice ;)
DorianJF
I bought the pot at Topsom Nursery (witkoppen road),don't know if you know it .

Fredman
For this year I just want to style the trees ,I do have lots of extra trees to add and I am going to change the style in the future
Just had to remove them from the pot I was growing them in(see pic)you will understand why ::)
If you looking for similar small trees for forest I would recommend Serenity Bonsai in Harties they have plenty
I have a friend that is selling stunning Camphor trees if any of you are interested (pics)PM me
 

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Re: Acacia Burkei (black monkey thorn) Forest
« Reply #9 on: November 28, 2014, 01:18 AM »
Hi Joe

I definitely know Topsom.  Its just around the corner from me.  I buy all my bonsai soil there but have never seen such a beauty of a pot though.  Will have to go and talk to them again.

Maybe I should plan a day trip out to Harties again.  Heading off the Sun City on Sunday but will be leaving really early and coming back late so will not be able to make a turn there.  I purchased my one Black Monkey thorn there years ago.

Your bonsai are really magnificent.  I see they are numbered on the growing containers.  Is there a reason for that?
 

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Re: Acacia Burkei (black monkey thorn) Forest
« Reply #10 on: November 28, 2014, 01:25 AM »
Hi Dorian,

Your bonsai are really magnificent.  I see they are numbered on the growing containers.  Is there a reason for that?

Thank You, the last three pictures are some of the Camphor trees that are for sale,they are not mine but a friend of mine
He has quiet a few for sale that is why they are numbered :)
 

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Re: Acacia Burkei (black monkey thorn) Forest
« Reply #11 on: November 28, 2014, 05:53 AM »
Joe i'm living in NZ now. All I can do now is drool mate.
I do have quite a few Acacias, Van Wyks hout, Kurkbas, Witstinkhout and others that I germinated from seed I imported. They grow much slower in this climate and with the wet winters I have to cuddle them like babies.
Please keep on posting pics. I really appreciate them  ;D   
 

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Re: Acacia Burkei (black monkey thorn) Forest
« Reply #12 on: November 30, 2014, 07:25 PM »
That's certainly an interesting pot for a forest.  With a few more tree-lings planted amongst those, I think the composition would improve drastically.  As is, they seem quite evenly spaced.  I like it, but I think it could be better.