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Title: WInter Silhouettes
Post by: JRob on December 01, 2013, 07:23 AM
Thought it might be nice to begin a posting of winter silhouettes. Hope everyone contributes. So to get things started here is a current picture of my Shohin Japanese Musk Maple taken yesterday before it was placed in the pool cabana for its winter nap. JRob
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Post by: Jerry Norbury on December 01, 2013, 09:54 AM
Here are three of mine - photos from last week and yesterday.

Common European Elm, Korean Horn beam and Larch.
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Post by: tmmason10 on December 01, 2013, 11:49 AM
Impressive trees guys, nice work. I would love to see more silhouettes for inspiration. Posting my korean hornbeam early in development.
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Post by: Jerry Norbury on December 01, 2013, 04:07 PM
Here are some more then:

3 x Korean Hornbeams and a European Ash (Fraxinus Excelsior):
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Post by: Jerry Norbury on December 01, 2013, 04:08 PM
And

Chinese Ash and a Pyracantha

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Post by: Jay on December 01, 2013, 04:48 PM
Jerry LOVE the trees. How big is the Hornbeam pix number DSCO6345. Also the last group's Chinese Ash reminds me a lot of my Chinese Hackberry. Trees are away but hopefully later this week I'll get it out for a pix.
Jay
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Post by: fredtruck on December 01, 2013, 05:47 PM
My contorted Japanese flowering apricot is about to bloom.
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Post by: Jerry Norbury on December 01, 2013, 06:15 PM
Jerry LOVE the trees. How big is the Hornbeam pix number DSCO6345. Also the last group's Chinese Ash reminds me a lot of my Chinese Hackberry. Trees are away but hopefully later this week I'll get it out for a pix.
Jay
Thanks. That Hornbeam is 35cm - so 14inches.
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Post by: JRob on December 01, 2013, 07:24 PM
One of my shohin trident maples in development. JRob
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Post by: dre on December 04, 2013, 12:01 AM
i personally almost like winter silhouettes as much as i do trees in full bloom. when the trees are naked they truly show the care the artist has taken to grow and develop the tree to what it is today. cant hide any flaws when the tree has no leaves
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Post by: tmmason10 on December 04, 2013, 12:00 PM
Love that trident jrob. I need one just like that one.
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Post by: Dan W. on December 04, 2013, 12:43 PM
All beautiful trees so far. Thanks for sharing guys!
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Post by: JRob on December 04, 2013, 07:18 PM
Fredtruck and Jerry thanks for posting some pictures - come on guys and gals with 241 reads some of you must have a picture or two you could add - everyone loves a little bonsai eye candy. Lets see what y'all are working on. Early development or more mature doesn't matter. We love trees in any stage of development so let's light up this tread and get some activity going! Pleaseā€¦...JRob
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Post by: akeppler on December 04, 2013, 09:10 PM
Here are a few. Many of my tridents have not lost their leaves yet. This whole week will be about 29 evry night so they will blast off soon.

A couple larger tridents.
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Post by: akeppler on December 04, 2013, 09:16 PM
Some shohin maples
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Post by: akeppler on December 04, 2013, 09:19 PM
A couple shohin hornbeams
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Post by: Judy on December 05, 2013, 10:10 AM
Niiice all.
Al, is that first one the wizard of oz tree? 
Here is a shohin willow leaf ficus that I've never gotten around to wiring until yesterday.  Got tired of it looking like a mop! and this will probably be one of the only times I see it without leaves, so enjoy.  I'll be photographing my winter shots soon, so will be sure to post more.
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Post by: akeppler on December 05, 2013, 09:12 PM
Yep, the Wizard of Oz tree.
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Post by: Joshua Hanzman on December 06, 2013, 08:46 AM
Beautiful absolutely beautiful! I love silhouettes of bonsai.

Dre  i definitely agree with you there, also, i believe we know a common collecter, the chef springer and the billy goat rough 
:-) 

i put up with springer to go and collect white cedar last summer,  and now i know where the eye of god resides  ;-)

This is a great thread jrob, thanks for it... I'll post mine soon enough!

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Post by: Judy on December 06, 2013, 10:28 AM
Hackberry in development.
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Post by: JRob on December 06, 2013, 03:52 PM
Judy, In a previous home I owned I put in a row of 5 hackberries way before I became involved in bonsai. Every time I drive by that house I look at them and think what great material they would be. The were planted 26 years ago. JRob
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Post by: akeppler on December 06, 2013, 08:21 PM
Judy, that hackberry is a beautiful image. Really looking great.
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Post by: Judy on December 06, 2013, 09:16 PM
Thanks Al and JRob, could use some wiring, and there will be some cutbacks as well, but I like to leave that till winter is almost over.  These have issues with small twig dieback, so I let them grow strong late in the year, and do wiring late winter.  They get a little shaggy, but you almost have to do it to progress the ramification. 
Jrob, I bet those would be great by now.  Maybe you could make a deal with the now owners...
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Post by: Sorce on December 08, 2013, 09:19 PM
Awesome trees all !


3 Early stage Ulmus.

1. Double trunk.  Slippery or American
2. 5 trunk. To be Airlayered per the "rules" in the spring. Right by the top potline.  Also Slippery or American
3. A single trunk. To be airlayered at the ziptie for better nebari in spring, and a severe pruning for taper and direction. I hope this to end up in a shohin forest of (i think) Chinese Elm.

Thanks!   
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Post by: Sorce on December 08, 2013, 09:24 PM
Oh
That curved back runner on three may be my first educated attempt at a graft.
Any timing tips would be welcome!

Thanks again!

Sorce
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Post by: BonsaiEngineer1493 on December 09, 2013, 10:36 AM
Impressive displays everyone! Judy, what is the temperature on your window sill for the willow leaf ficus? I'll post my maples when I get a chance.
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Post by: Brian Van Fleet on December 10, 2013, 08:26 AM
Very natural looking hackberry Judy!  They are fun to work with.  Ours here get very nasty in the fall, dropping black soot on everything under them, and have bad fall color, but still worth working with.
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Post by: Judy on December 11, 2013, 08:40 AM
1493, I just have it at normal room temps until it gets into the single digits, then I put it on a seedling heat mat to compensate.  It's never given me a bit of trouble, and I don't really do anything special for it, honestly I never really liked it much till I just now wired it.
Brian, I wonder what is the diff. between your local hackberrys, mine have really nice yellow fall color, and no soot? I like the way the natural growth habit on the twigs and branches twist around.
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Post by: Sorce on December 11, 2013, 09:48 AM
Brian,  Judy,

   Judy, remember you told me about not cutting hackberry later than August? I'm going with 7/4.

  I think that may help you with fall color Brian, or is it leaf gall?

I know mine went black tip from overfertilizing. But no soot.

Pic of good yellow color last fall, when it WAS infested with ???
And this early winter silhouette, note black tips on last leaves from overfert.

Do you guys have problems with little green crawlers under leaves? I don't think they are aphids.


 
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Post by: Brian Van Fleet on December 11, 2013, 08:19 PM
I don't know what the soot is, but it happens with those in the landscape, and they discolor anything below.  It seems fairly common around here.  The leaves go pale yellow in the fall, but the soot happens from the late summer to late fall.

Judy, where did yours come from?  Wonder if it was collected in the South.
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Post by: Judy on December 12, 2013, 08:29 AM
My large one is from Louisiana I know for sure, the other was also from the south, but not sure exactly where.  It must have to do with climate, or some local bug that we don't have here.  It's too bad, as they have a nice strong clear yellow in good years up here.  Nice contrast to maples when they are going at the same time.

Now lets see more naked trees!  I'll get out to do more of mine soon....
here is a newly styled and wired Japanese maple before and after, not that it's really worthy of a silhouette photo yet, but it will be someday!
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Post by: Brian Van Fleet on December 12, 2013, 07:58 PM
Haven't been home enough to take many photos lately; hopefully this weekend.  Here are a couple I managed to snap, J. Maple and zelkova.
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Post by: Brian Van Fleet on December 13, 2013, 07:03 AM
A few better shots...
Ume, J. maple Chishio, zelkova, hawthorn.
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Post by: Sorce on December 13, 2013, 07:52 AM
The trunk on that Hawthorne is    :o.  *@%&ing nice!
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Post by: Judy on December 13, 2013, 04:38 PM
That maple is pretty great too Brian :D
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Post by: John Kirby on December 13, 2013, 04:52 PM
and notice, he is working to "fix" the nebari on the maple with grafting....... nice.
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Post by: Brian Van Fleet on December 13, 2013, 07:05 PM
and notice, he is working to "fix" the nebari on the maple with grafting....... nice.
And I'm eager to see how they did this year.  I'm concerned that the 2 that would have most improved the front didn't make it.  Hopefully drilling the holes encouraged something, or I'll be trying again in the spring.
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Post by: John Kirby on December 13, 2013, 09:43 PM
Very nice job of making the best of a bad base. It is so important for people to see this and the effort you have taken. If at first you don't succeed, graft, graft, again! Thanks fir sharing.
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Post by: JRob on December 13, 2013, 10:48 PM
John & Brian - It is techniques like this that make me so grateful to be studying with Hagedorn. I am not sure how I would have learned these types of things without a teacher. Every penny has been well worth what I am spending to study with him. I am sure others agree wether they are studying  with Boon, Brian, Jim, Walter, Owen, and the many others who have taken the time and expense to learn the skill and pass it on. JRob
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Post by: gaitano on December 14, 2013, 05:29 PM
kind of a different way to capture the silhouette....Chinese Elm
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Post by: JRob on December 14, 2013, 09:58 PM
I'll try to get a better picture of this Chojubai tomorrow but for now to keep things going - JRob
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Post by: Typoolvt on December 15, 2013, 09:12 PM
My trident maple
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Post by: Judy on December 16, 2013, 12:12 PM
A few more winter eye candy pics...
Here is my big Hackberry, it's looking shaggy, as I don't cut fine branching after mid-late summer. Less dieback, but winter shots are not as pretty as they could be.  If I were to ever show in winter, I'd clean it up.
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Post by: Judy on December 16, 2013, 12:14 PM
My Large Korean Hornbeam, I love this one out of leaf.
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Post by: Judy on December 16, 2013, 12:15 PM
And an immature beech, it's so young that it doesn't even loose it's leaves yet in the winter. 
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Post by: tmmason10 on December 16, 2013, 12:26 PM
Those are looking great Judy, nice work.
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Post by: BonsaiEngineer1493 on December 16, 2013, 12:29 PM
Wow! what a sight judy
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Post by: JRob on December 17, 2013, 01:29 PM
So the 2012 Winter Silhouettes had 4790 views. can this post top that? Do not see silhouettes from Mike Pollock or Don Blackmond yet this year. Anything you guys wish to contribute this year? What about others? Lets see some more trees please. Thanks to everyone who has contributed so far. JRob
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Post by: Sorce on December 18, 2013, 08:15 AM
5k. 5k.

   Absolutely.

  I know you folks have better silhouettes than mine. Please post em.

  After all this cold, expecting it to snap, some of my finest branching is still pliable.    ;D

Here is a tray of tiny Ulmus, of which some will go solo. Some for previously mentioned forest.
Collected saplings, and Airlayers. Again slippery and Chinese. I think?

Snowmound.

Sorce
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Post by: tmmason10 on December 18, 2013, 12:19 PM
A forest that needs a lot of work in the next few years. Grafting, layering, etc.
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Post by: Judy on December 18, 2013, 01:08 PM
I like the potential the forest has Tom, lots of work ahead.  Are you planning on splitting them up a bit? 
Just cause it's my favorite one, and in case someone doesn't look in the deciduous category, here is my EU Beech.
Keep those pictures coming!!!
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Post by: tmmason10 on December 18, 2013, 05:00 PM
Thanks Judy, yes I hope to get a little more separation and depth with a repot this spring. The smaller and middle sized trunks need a lot of work, and the large trunk needs branches to develop.

Your deciduous trees are all looking really nice. You've done great work the past few years, especially picking out good stock to start with. Still learning that one.
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Post by: BonsaiEngineer1493 on December 18, 2013, 06:24 PM
Really nice forest tmmason10!
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Post by: Sorce on December 19, 2013, 08:08 AM
Not a Bonsai, not a clear phone photo, but a winter silhouette.

Hot Cocoa.

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Post by: Judy on December 19, 2013, 08:36 AM
trident, after winter wiring/pruning.
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Post by: BonsaiEngineer1493 on December 19, 2013, 12:06 PM
Judy, how do I know if branches are thick enough to be wired? I guess its the right time to wire and prune. What kind of pruning should I do. I found this to be the best reference The Bonsai Art of Japan - Episode 25.mov (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KauXPxmiT5c#ws) , but I wanted to hear from others too
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Post by: Judy on December 19, 2013, 04:03 PM
You can wire a branch of any thickness.  The earlier you get them the more and better movement you can put in them.  You just have to watch for the wire cutting in as small branches grow fast in the spring.
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Post by: John Kirby on December 19, 2013, 05:39 PM
Thinner the better, don't wire frozen trees.
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Post by: Jay on December 20, 2013, 03:03 PM
Can not tell everyone how much I enjoy this thread. I am attaching a picture of my Larch. It is one of those Conifers that qualify. This tree is in process. Will probably take a few more years to progress to a point worthy of a good pot and formal viewing. That large thin root in the front is scheduled for removal when the rest of the root system beefs up a bit.
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Post by: Judy on December 20, 2013, 03:29 PM
Nice Jay!  I love larch, and the B/W photo really shows it off. I've got to dig mine out and wire it soon...
Pretty young JM back at ya.

Did I mention that I love winter silhouettes???
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Post by: JRob on December 20, 2013, 04:17 PM
Warm day in STL. Temp is topping out around 68 degrees. (To warm and needs to cool back down soon!) Worked on cleaning up some trees today that are being stored in my unheated pool cabana. They are all just starting their bonsai development. I've had the first two ( a trident and Japanese Maple ) for 3 years and I am just getting them acclimated to bonsai pots and developing a good root ball. The trident will be repotted this spring in an antique yellow Chinese pot. The Japanese Maple will stay in the lovely cream crackle glaze by SR. The third ( another Japanese Maple) was just purchased this past fall and will be repotted this spring. Not sure what pot yet. I am excited to begin serious work on them. Enjoy their silhouettes. JRob
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Post by: boon on December 20, 2013, 04:22 PM
Chinese cork bark Elm.  From air layer seven years in training.
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Post by: JRob on December 20, 2013, 04:26 PM
Boon - Stunning! JRob
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Post by: tmmason10 on December 20, 2013, 05:06 PM
That's a killer tree boon!
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Post by: BonsaiEngineer1493 on December 21, 2013, 01:51 AM
Nice maples!

Judy are you also planning to work on the tamper on the young maple?

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Post by: JRob on December 22, 2013, 08:53 PM
Here is an elm that I initially styled with Koji Hiramatsu at the St. Louis Shohin convention 3 years ago.  I as Vice-President of the club I signed up for vacant spots and I took the last spot and got the last tree. It is currently in a braver man pot. I have not done much with the tree since except one adjustment with Hagedorn and since only light pruning to keep it in check. Not sure where to go with it. Any suggestions? JRob
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Post by: Sorce on December 23, 2013, 05:24 AM
How about a couple hundred miles north! Lol!

All I see is keeping the crown in check till that lower left catches up.

Nice.
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Post by: Judy on December 23, 2013, 09:14 AM
Jrob, I think it's a pretty sweet tree as is.  Perhaps a bit of thickening from the main trunk on the lower apex?
 I have a cork bark elm that I'm going to use sacrifice branching on next season, as the apex just seems like a different tree placed on top.  Of course, mine is a different feel from yours, but has a bit of the same flavor. Here is the tree, I haven't cleaned it up yet this year, on the list for this week!  This one is a cork bark elm that I got from NEBG in 2009, the branching is getting there, but the top needs to catch up.  Now that I've seen the one Boon posted (excellent tree!) I have something to shoot for.
John Romano would recognize this one.
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Post by: Joshua Hanzman on December 23, 2013, 11:25 AM
This is a great thread, I'm loving it!!! I'll post my measly silhouetted trees later today, but want to preemptively warn of their measlyness :/

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Post by: dre on December 23, 2013, 05:48 PM
one of my larches
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Post by: John Kirby on December 23, 2013, 07:29 PM
Great tree Andre, what type of pot are you thinking of fir this one?
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Post by: JRob on December 23, 2013, 09:07 PM
I agree with John. Great tree.
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Post by: dre on December 24, 2013, 04:22 AM
i was thinking of an oval pot i have two in mind that are not being used right now. i was also throwing it around i my head about using a semi cascade pot but i would have to have that custom made cause the dimension would have to be just right for that pot to work with this tree. what do you think
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Post by: Sorce on December 24, 2013, 07:51 AM
I think the movement is too great for an oval.

But the base calls for that position it leaves the soil.

If you can bend the trunk down and adjust the crown, semi.

A drastic bunjin change would be nice too see too.
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Post by: John Kirby on December 24, 2013, 09:21 AM
What does the Oval look like? How big? I think a round deeper pot could be used to make the bunjin character stand out quite nicely in this tree, just as it is. Most of us only think of shallow Nanban pots for unjin, but the right deeper pot can make the tree look very stable and compliment the great base on this tree.
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Post by: Sorce on December 24, 2013, 02:18 PM
Thought this was a nice moment in time to capture forever in ones and zeros.

Baby Juni. All "iced out" lol
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Post by: dre on December 24, 2013, 02:28 PM
i agree with you john thats what i ment with the semi cascade pot would of been easier just to say a deep round
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Post by: dre on December 24, 2013, 02:31 PM
i cant wait till spring to put the privet in the pot i have
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Post by: Sorce on December 24, 2013, 02:34 PM
Maybe that pot right there for the other? No custom. ?
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Post by: dre on December 24, 2013, 02:48 PM
that pot is way way to small and to me if it was the right size just lacks the character that the larch is calling for
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Post by: Minogame on December 25, 2013, 05:21 PM
Here is a Larch I tried to catch with a humming bird at the top. Boon helped restyle it a few years back, it was originally styled by Dan Robinson in a Portland convention around 2000. I was the lucky winner. Dans carving opened a rotten section of the trunk that poked all the way through the trunk. I placed one of my Idaho Garnets on the backside so it glows softly out the front when in sunshine.
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Post by: Minogame on December 25, 2013, 06:59 PM
And another.
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Post by: BonsaiEngineer1493 on December 25, 2013, 07:57 PM
Really nice larch! I'm not very knowledgeable, is it Japanese, American, or European? I think Japanese is the most common.
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Post by: Minogame on December 25, 2013, 08:08 PM
Larix leptolepis japanese larch started from seed 1974 I believe.
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Post by: Judy on December 26, 2013, 05:15 PM
very nice larch minogame! Good fall shot.
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Post by: Owen Reich on December 26, 2013, 05:32 PM
Very nice Larch  ;D. 
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Post by: JRob on December 26, 2013, 09:57 PM
How about a shohin Japanese Maple. I acquired this from Jim Doyle (Nature's Way) 4 years ago. Fell for it the moment I saw it and purchased it before his booth was set up at a convention we attended. JRob
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Post by: Sorce on December 27, 2013, 08:21 AM
How bout a close up of the pot detail! Looks interesting.

Nice tree. STL.  Shohin To Love?   ;)
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Post by: Stefan.A on December 29, 2013, 10:41 AM
Hi bonsai study group,

A virginia creeper.

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Post by: plantmanky on January 03, 2014, 12:12 PM
American Bald Cypress in its new hand made pot

Front and back
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Post by: Judy on January 03, 2014, 04:51 PM
Neat BC.  I kinda like the back better... Like the pot choice too.
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Post by: bwaynef on January 03, 2014, 09:12 PM
Neat BC.  I kinda like the back better... Like the pot choice too.

I like the interest presented by the back, but I suspect the reason its the back is how the apex is leaning.
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Post by: plantmanky on January 05, 2014, 10:47 AM
Thanks for the kind comments Judy and bwaynef!

Bwaynef,

You are absolutely correct in your assessment on the leaning apex.  The back of the tree is interesting because of the bark finally healing over the dead wood that was the result of the original top chop from 7 years ago.  Eventually, in another 3-4 years it will look very much like the front of the tree.  Eventually the center deadwood of the tree will rot out and one could make it more interesting by hollowing it out which happens to BC in nature quite often.
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Post by: Don Blackmond on January 06, 2014, 03:42 PM
American Bald Cypress in its new hand made pot

Front and back

Beautiful!
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Post by: Don Blackmond on January 06, 2014, 03:50 PM
Chinese cork bark Elm.  From air layer seven years in training.

I love this tree.  Really nice.
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Post by: Judy on January 07, 2014, 11:24 AM
After cleanup and wiring my cork elm. Still have quite a bit of work to do up top...growing wise that is...
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Post by: Don Blackmond on January 07, 2014, 11:56 AM
After cleanup and wiring my cork elm. Still have quite a bit of work to do up top...growing wise that is...

Great tree Judy
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Post by: Judy on January 07, 2014, 12:30 PM
Thanks Don, maybe you could post some naked trees, I know you have some great ones!
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Post by: Sorce on January 07, 2014, 12:46 PM
Judy,
   Another excellent specimen. It prompts me to wonder so many things about how you have gotten to this point. This point of having so many trees that seem to speak directly to me, exactly how they should.

   If you could please elaborate on these events that seem to have created a person so pivotal in solving a lot of these artist-owner, American Bonsai progression, bad advice-good advice arguments that we have in some other threads.

   Basically, your trees speak so loud. I think everyone would benefit from knowing how you discipline yourself to not be one who has to impart their ego in a tree.....

Another thread of course.

Humbly,

Sorce

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Post by: Chrisl on January 08, 2014, 10:13 AM
I haven't seen this tree before Judy.  What great taper and bark!  Wonderful tree! 

Chris
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Post by: Judy on January 08, 2014, 10:23 AM
Thanks Chris, it was one of my first "real" trees.... here is the earliest pic I can find of it.
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Post by: Chrisl on January 08, 2014, 06:28 PM
Nice progression so far Judy!  You really have upped your game ;)
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Post by: Gaffer on January 10, 2014, 12:50 AM
Judy I would deal with your first branch on the left. It already looks big . I think in order to keep it. In proportion you should prune it back. I think it looks too large.
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Post by: John Kirby on January 10, 2014, 09:11 AM
I usually only post pictures if fairly well developed trees, but I spend most of my time developing stock, I just don't take ad many pictures as some do.....
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Post by: Judy on January 10, 2014, 09:11 AM
I will give that a look Gaffer.  I wonder if the hose bumper I put there to cushion the guy wire is not helping that image out in that respect. I know that I'll have to selectively continually cut these back to keep this from outgrowing in that way.  
Thanks!
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Post by: Judy on January 10, 2014, 09:13 AM
Wow John, there are some monster trees in there.  I can't imagine keeping up with all that stock. Thanks for the peek!
What is the tree in the 1st pic, blue pot?
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Post by: John Kirby on January 10, 2014, 10:00 AM
Tridents. I have 14 or 15 tridents that were in the ground for 20+ Years. The two pictured here have no downward growing roots(except around the edge?). They could go into 1" deep pits if you wanted them to. Base widths on these two are blue pit 22"+ and the brown pot 25"+. Here are some that will most likely go into 2'x2' boxes inMarch. They are in 24x36" tubs now.
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Post by: Judy on January 10, 2014, 10:26 AM
Be careful around those trees if they get hungry.....They look like they could swallow an arm whole. ;D
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Post by: John Kirby on January 10, 2014, 03:32 PM
Korean Hornbeam reconstruction project. This is one of my California trees. Before and after cleanup (I removed leaves first).
Title: Re: WInter Silhouettes
Post by: Don Blackmond on January 11, 2014, 02:45 PM
I usually only post pictures if fairly well developed trees, but I spend most of my time developing stock, I just don't take ad many pictures as some do.....

still some empty space on your bench.....
Title: Re: WInter Silhouettes
Post by: John Kirby on January 11, 2014, 07:41 PM
I am always looking......
Title: Re: WInter Silhouettes
Post by: Brian Van Fleet on January 12, 2014, 08:11 AM
Ume blooming...
Title: Re: WInter Silhouettes
Post by: Don Blackmond on January 16, 2014, 01:44 PM
I am always looking......

what are you looking for?

Title: Re: WInter Silhouettes
Post by: Don Blackmond on January 16, 2014, 03:26 PM
I am always looking......

what are you looking for?



just an amazing silhouette, don't you think?
Title: Re: WInter Silhouettes
Post by: John Kirby on January 16, 2014, 10:06 PM
Great Nebari!
Title: Re: WInter Silhouettes
Post by: Judy on January 17, 2014, 08:15 AM
Awesome photography skillz too!
Title: Re: WInter Silhouettes
Post by: Jay on January 17, 2014, 11:49 AM
OK ...OK.... is this really a Winter Silhouette or is it showing the 'end' of the growing season!
Jay
Title: Re: WInter Silhouettes
Post by: Minogame on January 27, 2014, 12:28 PM
Here is an update on the Japanese Larch i posted on Dec.25 with the humming bird and Garnet. I was working with Boon over the weekend repotting. The second picture shows the tie into the pot. Last picture is after light cutback. A little light  wiring will be done this summer. After seeing this last photo and noticing the light shining through the trunk, i went out to check if I had lost my Garnet.  It had been dislodged, but was still in the cavity in the back of the tree.
Title: Re: WInter Silhouettes
Post by: Don Blackmond on January 27, 2014, 01:23 PM
The larch is really well balanced.  Nice silhouette.
Title: Re: WInter Silhouettes
Post by: Josh on January 28, 2014, 09:08 PM
This larch is even more beautiful and powerful in person