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SHIMA1

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Bottlebrush
« on: August 29, 2014, 04:00 PM »
Here we go again with flowering bonsai that has never flowered, oh well.  First seen online 3 years ago on bonsaibark.com here:
http://bonsaibark.com/2011/10/30/bonsai-barks-weekly-wire-5/ Scroll down a bit.

Shown is the result of a heavy reduction a few months ago. And a bit of wire.
15" tall. Do we like the oribe container? I could see it also in something lighter, like off-white/bone or dark mustardy color. (Dried bamboo?)
 

Judy

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Re: Bottlebrush
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2014, 04:41 PM »
Lovely tree.  I usually don't like oribes all that well, but this one seems to suit your tree quite well.  I think a dull mustard might be nice too.
 

SHIMA1

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Re: Bottlebrush
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2014, 06:53 PM »
Thanks Judy
 

Owen Reich

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Re: Bottlebrush
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2014, 09:46 PM »
A burnt white would highlight the bark better IMO.  I'm biased towards wood fired white containers though. Not sure about mustard.  A Taisho era white container (a little shiny) would also be nice. The oribe seems a little informal for the character of the tree.  A "more formal" oval shape would improve it to me.
 

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Re: Bottlebrush
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2014, 04:05 AM »
Love the hole!

This one provokes me.

Pot's not bad. But I like mustard.

Glad to have you posting so much ShimA1, nice stuff.

Sorce

 

SHIMA1

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Re: Bottlebrush
« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2014, 04:46 AM »
A burnt white would highlight the bark better IMO.  I'm biased towards wood fired white containers though. Not sure about mustard.  A Taisho era white container (a little shiny) would also be nice. The oribe seems a little informal for the character of the tree.  A "more formal" oval shape would improve it to me.
Burnt white nakawatari would be ideal. There's an old anagama down the hill from me but so far he's not doing containers. I'm going to lean on him.
Here's an example of what I meant by mustardy but I'd prefer it with added cream.
 

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Re: Bottlebrush
« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2014, 04:55 AM »
Love the hole!

This one provokes me.

Pot's not bad. But I like mustard.

Glad to have you posting so much ShimA1, nice stuff.

Sorce


Thanks Sorce, I'm appreciating this forum.
There are actually 4 holes (uro) 3 in the trunk and they're connected, as in hollow, and 1 where the side trunk joins.
 

Brian Van Fleet

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Re: Bottlebrush
« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2014, 07:55 AM »
Great bonsai SHIMA1!
 

SHIMA1

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Re: Bottlebrush
« Reply #8 on: August 30, 2014, 03:49 PM »
Glad you like it, Brian!
 

SHIMA1

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Re: Bottlebrush
« Reply #9 on: September 01, 2014, 01:55 AM »
Here's a quick and dirty shot of the color I was looking for.

And the kanji says: Medium rectangle for you container freaks. ;D
 

wlambeth

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Re: Bottlebrush
« Reply #10 on: September 02, 2014, 09:37 AM »
Are you sure that is a bottlebrush?
It looks more like a buttonwood?
 

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Re: Bottlebrush
« Reply #11 on: September 02, 2014, 05:50 PM »
wlambeth, no, I'm not sure,  it came to my garden as bottlebrush but  I sure can see why you'd think it was buttonwood. But I don't see  two distinguishing glands - one on either side of the leaf stem (petiole). And I can't grow any other sub-tropical trees up here.
A google search for Callistemon citrinus
Lemon Scented Bottle Brush reveals to the smallest detail the one I have.

 

wlambeth

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Re: Bottlebrush
« Reply #12 on: September 07, 2014, 10:31 AM »
SHIMA1 its a lovely tree nonetheless!
 

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Re: Bottlebrush
« Reply #13 on: September 08, 2014, 03:58 PM »
Thanks wlambeth, glad you like it. I'll be looking for a more formal container thanks to Owen's comment which I agree with.
 

Leo in NE Illinois

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Re: Bottlebrush
« Reply #14 on: September 10, 2014, 11:12 AM »
Nice tree, I love the trunk. I like the burnt white pot suggestion better than mustard. The pale mustard of your "quick and dirty" photo is too close to the color of your trunk to my eye. The trunk is the best feature of the tree, I would be tempted to do what I could to make it stand out. But then again, I'm looking at an old laptop monitor, the in person effect may be quite different.

I would go with white, or off white or a darker green, or other darker color. If you were to take a black and white photo I would not want the trunk and pot to come out the same shade of gray. But that is my taste, and it is a matter of personal taste.

In all probability to get this plant to flower you would have to let branches extend, I think they bloom on new wood, at the ends of long branches. Letting it grow out to bloom has the chance of destroying the image you already have. The long branches may thicken branching that you needed to keep thin, so even after cutting off over long branches after blooming it may take work to return the tree to this lovely image.

Nice tree.