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bwaynef

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Any Bonsai New Year's resolutions for 2014?
« on: January 23, 2014, 10:23 AM »
We're well into January now and I haven't seen anyone make any posts about their plans for the year.  Have you made any plans for the year?  Resolving to do anything differently, ...better?  Are you going to post more?  Take more pictures?  Take better notes?  Make more time for your trees?  Reduce the trees you have so you'll have more time for other things?  Use better soil?  What say you?
 

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Re: Any Bonsai New Year's resolutions for 2014?
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2014, 11:26 AM »
My resolution is to limit the amount of time I spend reading bonsai forums to 30 minutes a day, and use the rest of the time to actually work on my trees, instead of typing about trees.  ;D
 

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Re: Any Bonsai New Year's resolutions for 2014?
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2014, 11:28 AM »
My plans are to find trees that will survive in my new climate zone! I found a really helpful Canadian nursery that will ship seedlings throughout Canada (it's so hard to get trees from other countries with the plant import rules) so I have ordered some hardier species that will have a better chance in my zone 3 climate. For those also in Canada here is the website (http://treetime.ca/).

Also I hope to experiment with new soil compositions this spring for the same reasons - different climate. My previous zone needed a lot of good drainage because it rained a lot, my new zone get drying winds and hot summers and very cold winters.

I am also figuring out which trees (if any) that I left behind (in zone 8b) will have a chance in my new zone if I bring some out this spring.
 

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Re: Any Bonsai New Year's resolutions for 2014?
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2014, 12:31 PM »
We're well into January now and I haven't seen anyone make any posts about their plans for the year.  Have you made any plans for the year?  Resolving to do anything differently, ...better?  Are you going to post more?  Take more pictures?  Take better notes?  Make more time for your trees?  Reduce the trees you have so you'll have more time for other things?  Use better soil?  What say you?

So subtle, yet important.  10 posters and 1500 readers is not what I'd call balanced.....  I'll be using more photos to explain things here.  That and actually styling my personal trees. 
 

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Re: Any Bonsai New Year's resolutions for 2014?
« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2014, 02:03 PM »
better soil...check.
better notes.... we will see...
a year to buy pots instead of more trees....
well maybe just one more tree....

I think if I wanted to push myself, I'd say it was a year to maybe... maybe - put a tree in a show.
 

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Re: Any Bonsai New Year's resolutions for 2014?
« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2014, 02:24 PM »
This year I'm shifting my focus to developing my own prebonsai, while trying not to apply refinement techniques to trees that aren't ready yet. My other major focus, besides fatherhood, is getting our new club up and running.

Judy you certainly have a couple trees that I think are about ready to be shown. It's one of my goals in the next few years but none of my stock is ready yet.
 

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Re: Any Bonsai New Year's resolutions for 2014?
« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2014, 05:01 PM »
I'm trying to get those spherical concave cutters from Kaneshin, and only use them a little!

Still trying to get uniform training pots, rather than whatever is available, and perfect   ;) a soil mix for my new 55 hour work schedule.

If all goes well, house and a garden by fall, and everything is going in the ground!



 

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Re: Any Bonsai New Year's resolutions for 2014?
« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2014, 07:16 PM »
Work hard on Ryan's classes.  Expand my yamadori collection if possible.   Try to remember the hard lessons I learned the last 2 yrs lol  Go back using organics (after I saw a way to keep the birds away...a heaped pile of bird netting on top of the pots.  Not the prettiest, but it works.)  Use better soil, pumice based.   Keep an eye out for quality urban yamadori.  And most importantly, improve the quality of my trees.  Am I asking for too much?  ;D

Good question Wayne
 

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Re: Any Bonsai New Year's resolutions for 2014?
« Reply #8 on: January 23, 2014, 09:21 PM »
plan on expanding my knowledge/collection of pots and giving away/donating a lot of plants.
also i'll be starting intensives this year down at Ryan's, so learning a lot as well.
 

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Re: Any Bonsai New Year's resolutions for 2014?
« Reply #9 on: January 24, 2014, 09:26 AM »
I am changing my soil to a better mix. Hope to sell some pre-bonsai material to the local bonsai folks. Do more wiring. Air layer some Japanese maples and an elm. Ground layer a hackberry and American elm to make good nebari. Do some early refinement work on a Chinese elm 'Yatsubusa.' Trying to create ramification on a lilac and dwarf wisteria both of which resist the process.

Another thing is to give some plants more sun. I've had a few things in a morning sun only spot which I think can take more sun, Chinese elms, porcelainberry, Japanese quince, cotoneaster and some others.

Also, need to be more observant. Had some mite problems last year that I should have noticed earlier. Can do a better job in many areas but I'm learning.

Cannot wait 'til Spring.

Best regards,

Auagustine
 

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Re: Any Bonsai New Year's resolutions for 2014?
« Reply #10 on: January 24, 2014, 09:53 AM »
Jason, which class are you taking?  I'm doing the juniper I.
 

Joshua Hanzman

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Re: Any Bonsai New Year's resolutions for 2014?
« Reply #11 on: January 24, 2014, 02:44 PM »
 In 2014-

1) I mean to learn more,
       a)by keeping my mouth shut more often,
2) take a chance with a business idea
       a)by making a large purchase of pumice & black lava
       b)trademarking the name Essential Earth
       c)creating a logo
       d)& spending money on marketing
3) I will build a large shed,
    a)a greenhouse,
    b)& a kiln on my new property
4) I will get no lower than a B in my classes
    a)by studying
    b)actually reading and doing the homeworks
    c)& therefore free up time for more bonsai learning
5) I will collect responsibly
    a)by taking the right measure and purchasing the right tools to ensure the trees will survive
    b)searching by google maps for sustainable collecting grounds
    c)& by planting a young cutting of trees not considered invasive in any hole I dig, ensuring future collection
              i)I will keep any viable cutting for 5)c)
              ii)and build an enclosure to ensure that the cuttings have the proper environment to survive

 

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Re: Any Bonsai New Year's resolutions for 2014?
« Reply #12 on: January 24, 2014, 06:54 PM »
Nice Chris, That's awesome!
I'm starting elongating species 1 
Great for a lot of PNW natives I work with. Fir, Hemlock, spruce etc.
Looking forward to it. Have fun.

jason
 

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Re: Any Bonsai New Year's resolutions for 2014?
« Reply #13 on: January 24, 2014, 07:04 PM »
We're well into January now and I haven't seen anyone make any posts about their plans for the year.  Have you made any plans for the year?  Resolving to do anything differently, ...better?  Are you going to post more?  Take more pictures?  Take better notes?  Make more time for your trees?  Reduce the trees you have so you'll have more time for other things?  Use better soil?  What say you?

1. More photos & better photos, and better documentation.
2. Restyle big juniper, repot and wire 6 extralarge tridents.
3. Repot every shohin.
4. Sell 400 or more trees.
5. Raise $2,000,000 for the Humane Society of Southwestern Michigan.
 

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Re: Any Bonsai New Year's resolutions for 2014?
« Reply #14 on: January 24, 2014, 09:16 PM »
First and most importantly would be MORE education. Second, attend several workshops. Lastly, purchase one or two trees.

Don Blackmond, I really admire your goal for the Humane Society and I wish you lots of luck. Hopefully, I will assist you with purchasing one or two trees.